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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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Western Australian filmmakers to bring our stories to life

18 Aug 2020
Applications opened today for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to access grants to make short films bringing stories from the State Library of Western Australia to life.
City of Perth

Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth

13 Aug 2020

Ministerial Circular 4 2020

As you are aware, I appointed an Inquiry Panel on 2 March 2018 to conduct an inquiry into the ability of the City of Perth (the City) to provide for the good governance of the people in the City.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Creative programmers sought for WA’s spectacular new Museum

13 Aug 2020
The State Government is calling for proposals from a range of businesses to deliver dynamic visitor experiences within the new Western Australian Museum.
Cycling race

Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic rides into its 95th year

13 Aug 2020
Western Australia's premier road race and one of Australia's road cycling classics, the Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic, will take place this Saturday August 15.
2020 Awesome Festival: International Arts Festival for bright young things

2020 AWESOME Festival to delight young and old

12 Aug 2020
The AWESOME Arts Festival will once again delight audiences young and old, when it is presented at the Perth Cultural Centre during the next school holidays in spring.
City of Perth

City of Perth report a wakeup call for local government: Minister

11 Aug 2020
The final report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth was today tabled in State Parliament, outlining a litany of dysfunction, poor governance, factionalism, and fertile ground for greed, incompetence and mismanagement.
Combat Sports Commission portal

Combat sports process streamlined with launch of online portal

10 Aug 2020
Participants in Western Australia's combat sports industry can now collect and view all their details in one place while maintaining the highest privacy and security protections, thanks to a new portal developed by the Combat Sports Commission.
Oil painting

DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

6 Aug 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Survey results show local governments pivotal in COVID-19 recovery

6 Aug 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman today launched the results of an online COVID-19 survey which mapped community wellbeing and resilience levels across WA.
Perth Concert Hall during Storm. Image credit Brad Martin.

Massive $76 million recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

6 Aug 2020
Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall is set to receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next three years as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
Minister Mick Murray, Shire of Donnybrook Balingup CEO and president holding sports equipment on the Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct

Major upgrades at Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct as part of WA Recovery Plan

5 Aug 2020
Donnybrook is set for a big upgrade of its sport facilities as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
Drone shot of a treelined road in an agricultural field

Report reveals roadmap to local government reform

4 Aug 2020

LG Alert

Local Government Minister David Templeman today released an expert report which outlines recommendations to guide the development of a new Local Government Act for WA.
Apex Reserve, Mount Pleasant

Facelift for Mount Pleasant foreshore

4 Aug 2020
The State Government has today announced the completion of vital construction works to combat erosion at Apex Reserve, on the Canning River Foreshore in Mount Pleasant.
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COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

4 Aug 2020
The department is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia.
Basketball players at the Bendat Basketball Centre

Game on! Unprecedented $300 million investment in sport and community infrastructure

3 Aug 2020
The State Government has announced one of the most significant investments in sport and community infrastructure in Western Australian history, with a $300 million package as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

New Western Australian Museum to open on 21 November 2020

24 Jul 2020
The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2020 with a nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Wide angle interior photo of the Speeddome

State Government continues to enhance world-class facilities for our athletes

24 Jul 2020
The State Government has committed to providing and enhancing its world-class sporting facilities for Western Australians after the SpeedDome received a vast improvement to its facilities.
Audience Outlook Monitor: Phase Two July 2020

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor — Phase 2 report out now

22 Jul 2020
Results from the second phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
Perth Motorplex at dusk

Start your engines: Racing to resume at Perth Motorplex

22 Jul 2020
The roar of dragsters and speedway cars will once again be heard at Perth Motorplex come October.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

21 Jul 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
Esperance stadium opening

Esperance’s $7.8 million indoor stadium up and running

21 Jul 2020
Esperance's new $7.8 million indoor sports stadium was officially opened today and is ready for the start of the winter netball season this weekend.
Artist's impression of the Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop.

Art Gallery rooftop project to feature giant Aboriginal artwork

20 Jul 2020
The State Government has today announced the successful contractor tasked with transforming the Art Gallery of WA's (AGWA) rooftop into a multi-use gallery space and rooftop venue over the next six months.
State Government support to culture and the arts during COVID-19. Information is included below.

State Government COVID-19 response $23.4 million for culture and the arts in Western Australia

8 Jul 2020
The State Government has responded to the needs of the culture and the arts sector in Western Australia, providing $23.4 million in funding and support as part of COVID-19 responses.
Silhouette photo of a young ballet dancer dressed in a long peach dress, pointe shoes with ribbons.

Big boost for WA arts, sport and community sectors seeking relief

6 Jul 2020
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has provided the biggest agenda of grants — in number and value-making up more than $47.5 million in crucial funding to the Western Australian community.
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A fairer play for elite athletes with new training arrangements

3 Jul 2020
The State Government has opened up new career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes after reducing the minimum hours required to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
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Payment methods

2 Jul 2020

LG Alert

Amendments have been made to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulations 1997, the Cat Regulations 2012, and the Dog Regulations 2013.
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Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

2 Jul 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 4 Easing of Restrictions, introduced on 27 June and removing existing gathering limits.
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Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back

1 Jul 2020
A $195,000 relief fund will be available for eligible regional art galleries that had to cancel exhibitions and close their doors due to COVID-19.
Red dirt road in Western Australia

$1 million program to rekindle regional arts

1 Jul 2020
A new $1 million grant program will provide vital funding to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.
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MyCouncil website keeps ratepayers and residents up to date on how their councils manage their money

1 Jul 2020
Ratepayers and residents throughout Western Australia will be able to keep an eye on how their councils are performing, thanks to the latest figures provided on the State Government's MyCouncil website.
WA Unlocked Perth at HBF Stadium 18 July 2020

Western Australia to host nation’s first post COVID-19 live music event

30 Jun 2020
Live music in Western Australia is officially back with the announcement that up to 4000 fans will be able to support popular local bands on Saturday July 18, the day WA celebrates the lifting of all COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

The Inquiry into the City of Perth concludes

30 Jun 2020
The Inquiry into the City of Perth has ended and its report — with more than 250 findings and more than 300 recommendations — delivered to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Templeman MLA.
Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Phase 4 Factsheet

Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Phase 4 Factsheet

26 Jun 2020
Sport and active recreation plays an important role in community development, connectiveness, physical and mental health.
MyCouncil website

MyCouncil website: 2018-19 data now available

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Local government demographic, geographic and financial data for 2018-19 is now available on the MyCouncil website.
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MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Local governments encouraged to promote the MARKTY Community Resilience Scorecard study to local communities, open until 3 July 2020.
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WATC Financial Sustainability Modelling

26 Jun 2020

LG Alert

Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) has developed a financial model to help local governments evaluate their solvency and sustainability.
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