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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

Trailing down to Albany for annual forum

Oct 11, 2021
Another reason to celebrate Outdoors October is the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.

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City of Perth Inquiry extension granted after COVID-19 impacts

May 1, 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman has granted an extension to the Inquiry into the City of Perth following delays caused by COVID-19.
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Local Government (Parking for People with Disabilities) Amendment Regulations 2020

Apr 30, 2020

Ministerial Circular 2 2020

I am pleased to advise that His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulation amendments dealing with penalties for illegal parking in ACROD bays.
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Budget process

Apr 30, 2020

LG Alert

The Minister for Local Government is intending to make an Order using the new COVID-19 Response powers.
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Support for arts, sports and community organisations

Apr 24, 2020
From Friday 24 April, until midnight Wednesday 13 May, organisations are able to apply for Lotterywest support through its COVID-19 Relief Fund involving the ‘Event Cancellation Relief and ‘Sector Support for Resilient Organisations’ short term grants programs.
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Big increases in fines for drivers illegally parking in ACROD bays

Apr 23, 2020
Penalties for the misuse of disability parking bays to be some of the highest in the country. Fines for illegally parking in an ACROD bay increase to $500, up from $300. Increase in court-imposed penalties to a maximum of $5,000
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Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Apr 21, 2020

LG Alert

On 20 April 2020, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 received Royal Assent.
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RGL Alert — Covid-19 responses

Apr 20, 2020
In the interest of public health and safety, the State Government has developed measures and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Great Backyard Campout

Apr 15, 2020
Campers - you had Easter to practise - this weekend coming is the real deal - The Great Backyard Campout - get on board, register at NaturePlay WA.
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24 March 2020 meeting

Apr 15, 2020

Communique

State Local Partnership Agreement Communique
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Local Government Act changes to support COVID-19 response

Apr 15, 2020
The State Government will today introduce legislation to support local governments as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Funding to continue support for regional arts community

Apr 9, 2020
The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.

DLGSC Recreation Camps Easter hours

Apr 9, 2020
DLGSC Recreation Camps would like to wish our valued customers a safe and happy Easter.
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Practical assistance for local governments to respond during a state of emergency (COVID-19)

Apr 9, 2020

Ministerial Circular 1 2020

I am advising that His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulation amendments dealing with access to funding, procurement and long service leave during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Upcoming regulation amendments for local governments

Apr 6, 2020

LG Alert

To continue to support local governments during the COVID-19 outbreak, the department is urgently progressing amendments to the following Local Government Regulations.
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$159m COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide crisis support

Mar 30, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have today established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
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New intrastate travel restrictions from midnight, Tuesday 31 March 2020

Mar 28, 2020

LG Alert

To help reduce the spread of COVID-19, the State Government will introduce further restrictions on travel within Western Australia from midnight Tuesday night (12.00am Wednesday morning).
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Notice of Electronic Council Meetings During Emergencies

Mar 28, 2020

Departmental Circular 6 2020

Following the commencement of amendments to the Local Government (Administration) Regulations 1998, the following clarification is advised.
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New support for small businesses during liquor restrictions

Mar 27, 2020
Six-month occasional liquor licenses to allow for sale of liquor with takeaway meals. Liquor restrictions adjusted for cellar door sales. Hotline and email set up for licensees with queries about packaged liquor.
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Regulation amendments for electronic attendance – enabling council meetings to continue during emergencies

Mar 24, 2020

Departmental Circular 5 2020

His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulations to allow local government councils to hold meetings electronically during a public health emergency or a state of emergency. This can be via teleconference, video conference or other electronic means.
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Instructions to close certain places of business, worship and entertainment

Mar 23, 2020

Departmental Circular 4 2020

Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, the Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator, Chris Dawson, has issued directions regarding the closure of various establishments to the public in WA to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Cultural and art institutions

Mar 23, 2020
At 12.00pm today, as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19.
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Public Authorities (Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse) Directions

Mar 20, 2020

LG Alert

Local governments have been providing assistance to ensure that goods can be delivered to shops in a timely manner.
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Electronic attendance at meetings

Mar 20, 2020

LG Alert

The department understands the challenges that local governments are facing in regard to social distancing and possible individual self-isolation in Western Australia.
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Instructions to councils to assist supermarkets to respond to demand

Mar 19, 2020

Departmental Circular 3 2020

As our state and nation face the challenges of COVID-19, many of our supermarkets and other businesses are struggling to meet unprecedented consumer demand.
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Meeting quorums

Mar 17, 2020

LG Alert

Some local governments are currently experiencing difficulty in achieving necessary meeting quorums.
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Information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and recreation camps

Mar 13, 2020
Consistent with the Department of Education’s approach, the department is following the advice of the WA Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 virus. Updated 25 March 2020 to reflect changes to cancellation policy.
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New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

Mar 12, 2020
The State Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish a new body to oversee Western Australia's theatre venues and other cultural assets.
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100 years of women in local government

Mar 4, 2020
In 2020, we celebrate an important milestone for women in local government. This year, it’s 100 years since the first woman was elected to Local Government in Western Australia.
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Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale recognised as 2020 Gold Waterwise Council

Mar 4, 2020
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been recognised as a 2020 Gold Waterwise Council for its commitment to water conservation and supporting water wise communities.
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Rapid graffiti removal practices for local governments

Mar 4, 2020
Local governments encouraged to implement rapid graffiti removal practices as outlined in the State Government’s Graffiti Vandalism Removal Standards.
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Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC) meets in Esperance

Mar 4, 2020
One of the largest gatherings of Goldfields-Esperance local government regional councils took place late January in Esperance.
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Organisations encouraged to get involved in the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project

Mar 3, 2020
To celebrate National Reconciliation Week, the department is coordinating the Street Banner Project across Western Australia.
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Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Amendment Regulations 2020

Mar 3, 2020

Departmental Circular 2 2020

On Tuesday 3 March 2020, the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Amendment Regulations 2020 (amendment regulations) are being published in the Government Gazette and come into effect the following day.
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High-voltage Highway to Hell finale closes epic Perth Festival season

Feb 29, 2020
The finale of the 2020 Perth Festival will be held tomorrow (Sunday, March 1), on the 40th anniversary since original AC/DC front man Bon Scott was laid to rest at Fremantle Cemetery, and event goers are invited to rock out to the once-in-a-generation event.
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A handy guide to ANDI

Feb 25, 2020
The Australian National Development Index (or ANDI) is a collaborative project that tracks national progress and wellbeing.
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UFC’s return to Perth a triumph for WA tourism

Feb 25, 2020
Tourism Minister Paul Papalia joined current UFC featherweight champion, Australian Alex Volkanovski, at RAC Arena today to announce Perth will host the pay-per-view UFC 251 on Sunday June 7, 2020.
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