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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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His Majesty's Theatre

New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

12 Mar 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.
Elizabeth Clapham. Image: State Library of Western Australia

100 years of women in local government

4 Mar 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.
Shire President Cr Michelle Rich celebrates the Shire’s 2020 Gold Waterwise Council rating

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale recognised as 2020 Gold Waterwise Council

4 Mar 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.
Abandoned place with garbage all over floor and urban paintings all over walls.

Rapid graffiti removal practices for local governments

4 Mar 2020
Local governments encouraged to implement rapid graffiti removal practices as outlined in the State Government’s Graffiti Vandalism Removal Standards.
Members of GVROC

Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC) meets in Esperance

4 Mar 2020
One of the largest gatherings of Goldfields-Esperance local government regional councils took place late January in Esperance.
Reconciliation Week artwork

Organisations encouraged to get involved in the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project

3 Mar 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

3 Mar 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.
Highway to Hell concert

High-voltage Highway to Hell finale closes epic Perth Festival season

29 Feb 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

25 Feb 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

25 Feb 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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2019/2020 Budget Review

25 Feb 2020

LG Alert

Under Regulation 33A of the Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations 1996 (FMR), between 1 January and 31 March in each financial year, a local government must carry out a review of its budget for that year.
Soccer players training

State Government commits $9.35 million to help build better sport and recreation facilities across WA

25 Feb 2020
Twenty-three communities across Western Australia are to benefit from improved sport and recreation facilities thanks to the State Government allocating $9.35 million to help fund local projects.

Arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern

24 Feb 2020
Government organisations and community will collaborate to develop an arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern region, thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP).
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State Government provides $535,000 to improve Great Southern sporting facilities

24 Feb 2020
Two communities in the Great Southern are to receive a total of $534,995 to help them build better sport and recreation facilities for their local communities.
Highway to Hell: Minister David Templeman and Minister Rita Saffioti with organisers of the Highway to Hell in front of a Transperth Bus

Hell’s Bell ready to ring in the world’s largest homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival’s closing event

21 Feb 2020
The stages are set and a Hell's Bell is set to ring in the world's largest homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links at Perth Festival's 2020 free public finale.
A remote road in the Pilbara

Pilbara Banned Drinkers Register trial tender launched

21 Feb 2020
The State Government is progressing the implementation of a trial of a Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) in the Pilbara, with the release today of a tender request outlining the requirements of the system.
Upper view of quadruple scull rowing team during the race

Perth to attract rowing elite with championship triple

20 Feb 2020
Perth is set to host three premier national rowing events through to 2026, which will attract national and international competitors and inject millions into the State's economy.

Significant matters reported by the auditor in an audit report

20 Feb 2020

LG Alert

If the Auditor General or a local government’s appointed auditor reports a significant matter in an audit report, section 7.12A of the Local Government Act 1995 (the Act) requires a response from the local government.
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Proposed new laws to Stop Puppy Farming in WA

19 Feb 2020

LG Alert

The State Government is progressing changes to the law to Stop Puppy Farming in Western Australia.
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Kimberley to host iconic sporting events in 2020

19 Feb 2020
Broome and Kununurra will again host three iconic sporting events this year thanks to a State Government program which assists regional communities to host local events.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Campaign urges interstate footy fans to stay and play in WA

17 Feb 2020
Interstate football fans are being encouraged to head west to cheer on their team in Perth and stay on to holiday as part of Tourism Western Australia's marketing campaign for the 2020 AFL season.
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Cash grants help local sporting clubs kick health goals

11 Feb 2020
Applications open today for the State Government's Healthy Sporting Club Program with $300,000 up for grabs to help sporting clubs across the State provide healthier food and drinks.
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State Government to introduce legislation to end puppy farming

10 Feb 2020
Premier Mark McGowan and Local Government Minister David Templeman were greeted by furry friends at the K9 Dog Rescue in Nambeelup today while announcing the introduction of legislation to end puppy farming in Western Australia.
Minister Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA with new baristas from CaLD backgrounds complete training course on the road to jobs in the hospitality industry

Innovative course creating opportunities for budding baristas

31 Jan 2020
Fourteen new baristas will be unleashing their skills across Perth after completing the Australia Arab Association's Beginners Barista course.
The Bledisloe Cup is seen during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks at Optus Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Perth to host rugby world champions and second Bledisloe Cup

30 Jan 2020
Two of rugby union's powerhouse nations will take on Australia's Wallabies at Optus Stadium over the next two years thanks to a deal struck by the State Government, through Tourism WA and Rugby Australia.
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$1.6 million in funding towards mentally healthy arts programs

30 Jan 2020
The State Government will provide $1.6 million in the latest round of health grants to 15 arts organisations across the State to help promote mental health and wellbeing within annual arts programs.
Couple buying some wine at a bottle shop.

Liquor Control (Section 31) Notice 2020

24 Jan 2020
Issued under the Liquor Control Act 1988 sections 31 (4) and (7) and 60 by the Director of Liquor Licensing.

WA arts orgs - list your inclusive events on Choose Art!

23 Jan 2020
Western Australian artists and arts organisations are invited to add their inclusive and accessible programs, opportunities and events to national arts directory - Choose Art.
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Changes to draft reviews for culture and the arts 15k-plus grant programs

22 Jan 2020
The department has changed the way applications are reviewed for Arts 15k-plus and the 15k-plus category of the Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program.
Culture and the Arts Minister speaking at the Outer Metro Arts launch

Arts program to build capacity of outer metro Perth

15 Jan 2020
Perth's outer metropolitan communities will have more opportunities to participate in high-quality arts and cultural experiences thanks to a new pilot program opening next month.
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Arts and Culture Monitor 2019

2 Jan 2020
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong and increasing public support for the value of the State’s culture and arts activities.
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Operational Guidelines

20 Dec 2019

Departmental Circular 14 2019

To reflect the changes introduced by the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019, the department has updated some of the Operational Guidelines.
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Providing a safe work environment

19 Dec 2019

Departmental Circular 13 2019

McLeods Barristers and Solicitors have recently released an article titled Protection of CEOs from bullying in the workplace under the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
New Museum

Spectacular spaces revealed as New Museum build complete

19 Dec 2019
Western Australia's new world-class museum has achieved a major milestone with the construction phase reaching practical completion, on time and within the allocated budget.
Stop pupp farming: adopt don't shop

Give rescued dogs a second chance this Christmas

11 Dec 2019
This Christmas, Western Australians are being urged to 'Adopt Don't Shop' and give rescued dogs a second chance by adopting a new household pet.
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WA artists to benefit from exchange program with SE Asia

10 Dec 2019
A new grant program will provide an opportunity for Western Australian artists to take part in an exchange program with artists in South East Asia.
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