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WA kicks off week of elite international football with ICON festival

Jul 20, 2022
The biggest festival of English Premier League football ever seen in Western Australia kicks off today with 3 days of celebration in the lead up to this weekend's blockbuster matches.

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The lighthouse on Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash

14 May 2021
After two weeks of huge swell at the competition in Margaret River, the World Surf League Championship Tour is heading to Rottnest Island, marking the first time Western Australia has hosted two world surfing events in the same year.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

14 May 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Duncan Ord

New leadership for State Government departments

13 May 2021
Effective Monday 31 May 2021, a number of Directors General are changing departments, or taking planned retirement.
Jacaranda trees blooming in front of townhouses in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia.

Authorised Inquiry reports tabled in Parliament

13 May 2021
Authorised Inquiry reports into three local governments have been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
Amazing sea view from the air at Exmouth.

‘Regional Climate Alliances’ to support local government action on climate change

11 May 2021
Two 'Regional Climate Alliances' will be set up in Western Australia this year, thanks to a State Government commitment of $500,000 to support local government collaboration on climate change.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

11 May 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A life guard entering the ocean

National Surf Life Saving event shore to attract swell of support

10 May 2021
More than 5000 surf lifesavers from around the nation are set to make a splash across Perth's iconic beaches as the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships return to Western Australia in 2022.
A close up of who people budgeting using a computer and calculator

Preparing your 2021-22 budget

5 May 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
A group of people as an infographic

State Government donates $2 million towards India COVID crisis

4 May 2021
The State Government is allocating $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

3 May 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
Banned Drinkers Register and Takeaway Alcohol Management System trial to commence in the Kimberley

Banned Drinkers Register technology rolls out in the Kimberley

1 May 2021
Following a successful rollout to its trial in the Pilbara, the Banned Drinkers Register will begin rolling out across the Kimberley this week.
Staff member using office equipment

Financial assistance for ratepayers to continue

30 Apr 2021
Financial hardship measures introduced by the State Government to protect Western Australian ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be extended.
Oil painting

Limitations during State of Emergency

29 Apr 2021
Although we are fortunate to be in a period of recovery, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that WA remains in a State of Emergency.
Duncan Ord

Message from the DLGSC Director General

27 Apr 2021
Post-lockdown transition
Infographic for the post-lockdown transition

COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

27 Apr 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.
A group of people playing hockey indoors

Spotlight on Peel Hockey and Coastal Rowing WA

22 Apr 2021
Peel Hockey have recently completed their first ever floorball program in the off-season after receiving an Active Regional Communities (ARC) grant from the department.
New skate park at Hotham Park

Funding initiative supports local infrastructure upgrades

22 Apr 2021
A number of successful infrastructure developments and upgrades have been achieved in the Peel and South West regions.
Forum working group photo

2021 Peel Sports and Coaches Forums – wrap up

21 Apr 2021
The Peel Sports Forum, organised annually by the department’s Peel office, lived up to its reputation as a highlight of the sport and recreation industry’s calendar.
A coach watching her players

Survey outlining industry priorities

21 Apr 2021
Over 300 stakeholders took part in a recent survey as part of the Sport and Recreation Industry Priorities Project.
State of Origin game at Optus Stadium showing pyrotechnics

WA to welcome back State of Origin in 2022

21 Apr 2021
The National Rugby League (NRL) State of Origin — one of the nation's greatest sporting rivalries and one of the State's biggest event success stories — will return to Perth next year.
Top view of female runner crossing hurdle on tartan track

Australia’s top track and field athletes to compete in Perth

20 Apr 2021
WA Athletics Stadium to host Australian Track and Field Championships in 2022 and 2025.
An close up image of a trail bike river on a dirt road

Shire of York off-road vehicle area receives funding boost

20 Apr 2021
The Shire of York's off-road vehicle area, also known as the York Motocross Track, is set to receive an upgrade with a $40,000 funding boost from the State Government.
Naturalisation ceremony at the Northam Town Hall, 1955  SLWA BA1728/165

150 years of local government in WA

19 Apr 2021
This year marks 150 years since a system of local government was introduced in Western Australia.
ASW Bunbury Melo Velo, Makers and co, Lighthouse 5

Bunbury plugs into e-waste solution

19 Apr 2021
The City of Bunbury is one of three local governments to receive State Government funding from the WasteSorted e-Waste grants program.

Spotlight on the Shire of Mingenew

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Mingenew is about 100km south-east of Geraldton, covering about 2000 square kilometres.
Cottesloe council members inspecting their new rubbish tip truck, 1950.

Roads, rubbish, rates and a hat pin panic

19 Apr 2021
Continuing Local Matters’ acknowledgement of 150 years of local government in WA, here are some lesser known facts about local governments from Dr Chris Berry.
Person writing

Program eases pressure on local small business

19 Apr 2021
The cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo are the first group of councils selected to take part in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.
Amanda O'Halloran, CEO Shire of Derby West Kimberley

Spotlight on CEO Amanda O’Halloran, Shire of Derby West Kimberley

19 Apr 2021
Amanda O’Halloran’s career as local government Chief Executive Officer has taken her from one of the smallest in size — the Shire of Wandering — to one of the largest, the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, at more than 104,000 square kilometres.
OMI Multicultural Award winners 2021

Awards showcase champions of multiculturalism

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Katanning has been recognised for its outstanding contribution towards multiculturalism at the Western Australian Multicultural Awards 2021.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

16 Apr 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Historic balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre to be restored

14 Apr 2021
Visitors to His Majesty's Theatre will soon be able to walk along the balconies and verandahs as part of further upgrades at the historic performing arts venue.
Sam Kerr of the Australian Matildas is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal during the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off

Perth victorious in FIFA Women’s World Cup host city selection

1 Apr 2021
Perth has been officially selected as a host city for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this morning announced the successful locations for the Australia and New Zealand tournament.
Reconcilation Week banner artwork by Western Australian Aboriginal artist Tee Jay Worrigal

Reconciliation Street Banner Project deadline extended!

26 Mar 2021
The department is calling on organisations and local governments to show their commitment to reconciliation, by sponsoring a Reconciliation Week Street Banner.
The Cultural Infrastructure Map displayed on a laptop computer screen.

Explore WA’s cultural and creative spaces with the WA Cultural Infrastructure Map

25 Mar 2021
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Map identifies existing cultural and creative spaces across the State.
WACA conceptual design

Final designs revealed for WACA Ground transformation in East Perth

25 Mar 2021
The latest vision has been unveiled today for the WACA Ground Improvement Project, which will transform the iconic East Perth venue into a community, sporting and tourist hub.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Grants continue recovery of WA’s arts and culture sector

23 Mar 2021
WA’s vibrant arts and culture sector continues to receive support from the State Government, with 17 projects representing a variety of disciplines sharing in more than $709,000 from two grants programs.
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