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Publications promote richness of shared history

Jun 3, 2022
Two publications launched during Reconciliation Week are connecting people to their Aboriginal history and celebrating the richness of Western Australia’s shared history.

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SportWest baton passed to Matt Fulton

24 Dec 2020
Matt Fulton has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of SportWest.

Local firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

23 Dec 2020
Western Australia is one step closer to a revitalised Perth Cultural Centre, with the contract for the masterplan awarded to Perth architectural firm Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick.

Recovery continues with fast-tracked community sports grants

23 Dec 2020
The McGowan Government has given sport and active recreation infrastructure projects in regional Western Australia a $5.5 million funding boost, supporting WA's COVID-19 recovery and creating jobs.

Record investment in women’s sporting facilities under State Government

23 Dec 2020
The State Government's female friendly facilities initiative continues to encourage greater female participation in sport, with a record investment in women's sport. More than $3 million has been allocated to infrastructure projects which include new and upgraded change rooms that are suitable for women.

In the House expanding WA’s vibrant regional culture and arts programs

21 Dec 2020
Arts and cultural venues in regional Western Australia will be buzzing with increased programs of activity next year, thanks to the In the House grants program.
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Exmouth splashes into summer with new swimming facilities

21 Dec 2020
The State Government has invested $750,000 towards a major redevelopment of Exmouth's Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool which will bring the facility up to current Australian Standards.
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Female-friendly facilities get the go ahead in Exmouth

21 Dec 2020
The State Government's focus on making venues more female-friendly continues with Exmouth Recreation Centre the latest facility to commence work on installing unisex change rooms.
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Smaller State Sporting Associations to receive funding boost

18 Dec 2020
More than 70 State Sporting Associations (SSAs) will be eligible to apply for funding to help develop and grow their sports, with the State Government announcing a new $1.7 million funding pool.
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State and local partnership supports grassroots basketball community

18 Dec 2020
The State Government has invested $2 million towards a major redevelopment of Morley Sport and Recreation Centre which will see the construction of two new basketball courts to meet the facility's growing demand for court time.
Inside the Bronze Box, State Theatre Centre of WA. Photo by Eva Fernandez.

WA-first Cultural Infrastructure Framework released

17 Dec 2020
The State Government has released the first ever Cultural Infrastructure Framework for WA, outlining a roadmap for holistic cultural infrastructure planning and investment in the State until 2030 and beyond.
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SafeWA update

15 Dec 2020

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More than one million Western Australians have now signed up for SafeWA.
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Water polo champs latest win for WA events calendar

15 Dec 2020
Western Australia's tourism industry and sporting events calendar will receive another boost with the State Government, through Tourism WA, securing the Australian Youth Water Polo Championships (AYWPC) for January 2022 and January 2025.
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KidSport swims into new waters

14 Dec 2020
Western Australian families will now have the opportunity to use their KidSport vouchers towards swimming lessons as a part of the State Government's hugely popular KidSport program.
Women in Leadership workshop with Dr Lianne Cretney-Barnes

Recent workshops supporting women in leadership

14 Dec 2020
The department is continuing to champion gender diversity in the sport and recreation industry, and recently held workshops in Perth and the Great Southern region.
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Independent oversight system webinar

14 Dec 2020

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Helping organisations that engage with or provide services and activities to children to better understand this recommendation.
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Child Safety Officers webinar

10 Dec 2020

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Discuss the recommended designation of child safety officers within existing staff profiles at WA’s local governments.
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State Government drops in with wheely good news for Morley skaters

8 Dec 2020
The State Government has dropped in with good news for local skateboarders and BMX riders in Morley, allocating $2.5 million to replace the ageing Wotton Reserve Skate Park and BMX track.
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Go-karts hit the track at Optus Stadium

8 Dec 2020
Perth will be able to experience high-octane go-kart racing at Optus Stadium from this Friday 11 December until the end of February on a unique 730-metre purpose-built track constructed at Stadium Park.
Annie Hudson of Bindoon Library

Bindoon Library scoops Making a Difference Award

7 Dec 2020
Bindoon Library has won the prestigious Making a Difference Award at this year’s Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
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Almost $1 million awarded in arts grants

4 Dec 2020
A total of 23 projects by artists and arts organisations from across the State will share in almost $1 million in funding through the State Government's Arts 15k-plus grant program.
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Contact register resources available

4 Dec 2020

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With just one day to go until COVID-19 contact registers become mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues, there are a number of State Government resources available to assist with communications to stakeholders.
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Kimberley Aboriginal communities get $1.75 million for sport and recreation projects

3 Dec 2020
The State Government is to contribute more than $400,000 to construct and repair basketball courts at five remote Aboriginal communities in the West Kimberley region.
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Local government 2020 Compliance Audit Return

2 Dec 2020

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Local governments’ 2020 Compliance Audit Return will soon be available via the department’s Smart Hub online portal.
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Keeping contact registers from 5 December 2020

1 Dec 2020

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With COVID-19 contact registers becoming mandatory for many WA local businesses and venues from 5 December, local governments should already be aware of the State Government’s SafeWA app.
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Play Active Program

1 Dec 2020
Physical activity policy and training for Early Childhood Education and Care.
Minister Paul Papalia MLA at a liquor store

Trial of Banned Drinkers Register in the Pilbara begins today

1 Dec 2020
The State Government's Banned Drinkers Register trial in the Pilbara region has begun today.
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New Screenwest production kicks off Lotterywest Films for Perth Festival

30 Nov 2020
Premier Mark McGowan will officially present the Perth Festival with a Lotterywest COVID-19 Relief Fund grant of $6.3 million and will announce an additional $1 million in support, at the opening night of the festival's Lotterywest Films season.
Minister Mick Murray at the Southern Cross Aquatic Centre

Summer swimming on the cards in Southern Cross with new $5.65 million aquatic centre

28 Nov 2020
The new $5.65 million Southern Cross Aquatic Centre was officially opened today by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.
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Kick-off time for $7.9 million Lakelands Park sports facility in Mandurah

27 Nov 2020
The new Lakelands Park shared sports facility and clubrooms just north of Mandurah was officially opened by Mandurah MLA David Templeman.
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Grants continue to support local music industry

27 Nov 2020
Popular Perth rock band Methyl Ethel will embark on a worldwide publicity campaign for their new album, thanks to funding from the State Government's Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program.
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Mandatory contact registers in WA

25 Nov 2020

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The State Government has announced that mandatory contact registers at relevant businesses and venues will be introduced from 5 December 2020.
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How to pay your annual liquor licence fees

23 Nov 2020
The department mailed out invoices for annual liquor licence fees on 17 November 2020, with payments due on or before 1 January 2021.
A woman and a girl looking at an exhibit at the new WA Museum Boola Bardip

Plan your summer visit to the world class new WA Museum Boola Bardip

23 Nov 2020
Bookings for the spectacular new WA Museum Boola Bardip over the summer holiday season are now open.
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Festival films take WA Museum Boola Bardip and WA talent to the world

21 Nov 2020
Australian rock band Eskimo Joe and singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly lead an all-star cast in a series of short films that have had their world premiere today, as part of the opening celebrations for the new WA Museum Boola Bardip.
Aerial view of the Western Australian Museum from James Street.

Spectacular new $400 million WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opens

21 Nov 2020
The highly anticipated WA Museum Boola Bardip officially opened today with thousands of Western Australians getting their first taste of the incredible exhibitions, experiences and stories on display in the spectacular new building.
A portrait of Rhonda Hardy, CEO City of Kalamunda

CEO profile: Rhonda Hardy

20 Nov 2020
Rhonda Hardy has been Chief Executive Officer of the City of Kalamunda since 2013. She has more than 30 years’ State and local government experience, with 20 years in senior management.
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