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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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How you can support your volunteers

18 May 2020
To coincide with National Volunteer Week, here are some resources and tips to help sport and recreation organisations recognise and support their volunteers.
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State Library reopens - Welcome home

18 May 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has today (May 18) reopened its doors to the public after being closed for 56 days.
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COVID-19 Easing of restrictions – Further information for Public Libraries

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the easing of restrictions (phase 2) commencing Monday, 18 May 2020.

Council meetings

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The Premier has announced that from 18 May gatherings of 20 people will be permitted. What does this mean for council meetings?
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Local government sector urged to take leadership role

12 May 2020

LG Alert

The local government sector has a key role to play in the Phase 2 easing of restrictions and in helping communities get back on their feet and the economy back on track.
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State Government exercises new powers to help ratepayers

8 May 2020
The Minister for Local Government has exercised his new powers under the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020.
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Local Government (COVID-19 response) Order 2020

7 May 2020

Ministerial Circular 3 2020

As you would be aware, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 was passed by Parliament on 16 April 2020 and came into effect on 21 April 2020.
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Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Factsheet

7 May 2020
On 26 April 2020, the State Government announced the cautious easing of some COVID-19 restrictions. Here’s what sport and active recreation organisations should do before commencing activities.
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Financial assistance provided to local governments

7 May 2020

LG Alert

WA Government makes $100 million borrowing facility available to local governments to assist with cash flow.

Amendments to Purchasing Policy

7 May 2020

LG Alert

Local government purchasing policies in the Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations 1996 to be amended.
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Update on DLGSC culture and the arts grants due to COVID-19

5 May 2020
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working on a range of options to assist arts and cultural organisations and independent artists dealing with the impact of COVID-19.
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City of Perth Inquiry extension granted after COVID-19 impacts

1 May 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

30 Apr 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

30 Apr 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

24 Apr 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

23 Apr 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

21 Apr 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

20 Apr 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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24 March 2020 meeting

15 Apr 2020

Communique

State Local Partnership Agreement Communique
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Great Backyard Campout

15 Apr 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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Local Government Act changes to support COVID-19 response

15 Apr 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

9 Apr 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

9 Apr 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)

9 Apr 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

6 Apr 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

30 Mar 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

28 Mar 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

28 Mar 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

27 Mar 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

24 Mar 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

23 Mar 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

23 Mar 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

20 Mar 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

20 Mar 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

19 Mar 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

17 Mar 2020

LG Alert

Some local governments are currently experiencing difficulty in achieving necessary meeting quorums.
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