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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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Combat Sports Commission launches online education unit

6 Dec 2019
The Commission has launched a new online education unit for combat sport registrants of Western Australia.
City of Armadale CEO Joanna Abbiss

The allure of Armadale — a place of opportunity

6 Dec 2019
Joanne Abbiss is the newly appointed chief executive officer of the City of Armadale, the third fastest growing local government in WA filled with natural beauty and great opportunities.
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Sports champions inspire Mid West youth

6 Dec 2019
Young people in WA’s Mid West met and learnt tips from some of Australia’s best sporting champions as part of the Champions 2 Country tour held last month.
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Boost for beach safety

6 Dec 2019
Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) signs have been rolled out across WA to boost beach safety and emergency service response times by providing accurate location information.
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Governance update: local government reforms

6 Dec 2019
The Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 introduced a range of new reforms when it was passed by Parliament in June 2019.
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Wellbeing index for Western Australia

6 Dec 2019
Australian National Development Index (ANDI) Roundtable is taking place this month, drawing together state government director generals who will explore the development of a Western Australian wellbeing index.
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Treasures of Western Australia digitised and accessible to all

5 Dec 2019
A new, free digital platform that provides access to the extraordinary collections from Western Australia's main cultural institutions through a single, searchable portal, has gone live.
Players of Australia huddle after the FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 Group D match between Australia and Equatorial Guinea at the Fifa Womens World Cup Stadium.

WA supports Australian bid for Women’s Football World Cup 2023

2 Dec 2019
The State Government has thrown its support behind Australia's bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, the ultimate competition in international women's football.
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30 October 2019 meeting

28 Nov 2019

Communique

State Local Partnership Agreement Communique
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New laws proposed for retired racing greyhounds

27 Nov 2019
The State Government is proposing changes to the law that will give new life to retired racing greyhounds.
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Survey: Building capacities in the WA music sector

25 Nov 2019
Music industry professionals, musicians and practitioners are invited to have their say on professional development and capacity building needs in the local contemporary music industry.
Minister McGurk and Minister Murray

Levelling the playing field in sports leadership

19 Nov 2019
The State Government has begun assisting Western Australian sporting associations to achieve new national targets to increase the low number of women represented in leadership roles in sport.
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How to pay your annual liquor licence fees

12 Nov 2019
The department mailed out invoices for annual liquor licence fees on 12 November 2019, with payments due on or before 1 January 2020.
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Contemporary Music Fund empowering local music industry

6 Nov 2019
Western Australia’s premier contemporary music conference received $200,000 from the Contemporary Music Fund to support its continued success over three years.
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Panel appointed to help develop new Local Government Act for WA

6 Nov 2019
Local Government Minister David Templeman today announced the formation of an expert panel to progress the development of a new Local Government Act for Western Australia.
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New provisions relating to packaged liquor outlets

1 Nov 2019
Concern regarding the impact of the proliferation of large packaged liquor outlets on the community has resulted in new legislative provisions that allow regulations to be prescribed setting out criteria that apply to applications for large packaged liquor outlets.
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Invitation to attend a workshop for new Mayors, Presidents and Deputies

1 Nov 2019

Departmental Circular 12 2019

Following the recent local government elections, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is running a free, one-day workshop for new Mayors, Presidents, Deputy Mayors and Deputy Presidents.
Wheatbelt winners … part of the Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Route team at the awards.

Wheatbelt roads project is a winner!

31 Oct 2019
A Wheatbelt freight project involving 42 local governments has won the Making a Difference award at the recent Regional Achievement and Community Awards.
A portrait of Halls Creek CEO Noel Mason

'Halls Creek is ready to grow'

31 Oct 2019
Noel Mason is a local government journeyman who’s working with his team to help implement several innovative programs to tackle local issues.
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Highway councils band together to stage AC/DC tribute

31 Oct 2019
Three metropolitan councils are banding together to help create a family event that promises to be one of the highlights of the 2020 Festival of Perth.
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Elections herald a new era in local government

31 Oct 2019
The local government elections held on 19 October herald a new era for local government in WA — and the culmination of two years’ behind-the-scenes work by staff at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.

Privacy and Responsible Information Sharing

29 Oct 2019
How many times have you been asked for the same information from different government agencies? For some of you the answer will be "a lot".
Culture and the Arts Minister Templeman with members of the Barking Gecko Theatre Company

Significant investment into WA arts orgs

24 Oct 2019
Thirty-seven Western Australian arts, cultural and creative sector organisations will share in more than $31 million in funding over three years as part of the Arts Organisations Investment Program (AOIP).
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Local and international artists pay homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival

21 Oct 2019
Western Australians and Perth Festival goers will be able to pay homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links on the world's longest stage at the 2020 Perth Festival free public finale event.
Gifts Framework

New gifts framework

18 Oct 2019

Departmental Circular 11 2019

On 20 October 2019, the new gifts framework contained within the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will come into operation. This new gift framework has been simplified, with the focus on transparency and accountability.
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Junior drag racing suspension lifted and minimum age increased

17 Oct 2019
The suspension on junior drag racing at Perth Motorplex has been lifted, following the full implementation of all recommendations in a Coroner's report and additional safety measures, including increasing the minimum age.
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Alternative Queen's Birthday public holiday dates 2020

17 Oct 2019

Departmental Circular 10 2019

The Governor has declared that the Celebration Day for the Anniversary of the Birthday of the Reigning Sovereign (Queen's Birthday public holiday) will be observed in 2020 on Monday 28 September.
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Inquiry into the City of Perth completes public hearings

10 Oct 2019
The Inquiry into the City of Perth has today completed a marathon 40 days of public hearings.
People working on a trail in Margaret River

Course to help equip locals with trail building skills

10 Oct 2019
The State Government is conducting a week-long course for up to 20 Collie and Dwellingup residents to help them develop the skills to find a job in the local trails industry.
Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman with Ash and Timieka from Perth band Dulcie

Contemporary Music Fund nurtures aspiring musicians

9 Oct 2019
Western Australia's aspiring young musicians will have more opportunities to take part in the contemporary music sector thanks to a $250,000 investment from the Contemporary Music Fund.
Ian Prior of the Force leads the team out onto the field during the Global Rapid Rugby match between the Western Force and the World XV at HBF Park. Photo: Getty Images.

VenuesWest delivers gold medal winning performance

7 Oct 2019
State Government venue owner and operator, VenuesWest has enjoyed its most successful year ever, breaking records for attendances, events held, and funding reinvested in support of elite sport.
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Student athletes aim to chalk up a win at 2020 UniSport

4 Oct 2019
Thousands of interstate university athletes will travel to Western Australia to vie for victory when Perth hosts the UniSport Nationals in 2020.
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2018-19 Combat Sports Commission Annual Report released

4 Oct 2019
The Commission’s 2018-19 Annual Report has been published and is available.
Elyse Villani of the Scorchers plays a reverse sweep shot at Lilac Hill

Lilac Hill Park redevelopment supporting women's sport boom

28 Sep 2019
Community cricket ground Lilac Hill Park is undergoing a revitalisation to support the huge recent growth in the women's game — with a $2.1 million upgrade underway to give the facility a new lease of life and offer unisex facilities for the first time.
 Alastair Clarkson of the Hawks is interviewed by Dennis Cometti before the round 17 AFL match

The voice of football inducted into sport’s Hall of Fame

25 Sep 2019
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has congratulated legendary sports commentator Dennis Cometti AM on his imminent induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
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16 April 2019 meeting

24 Sep 2019

Communique

State Local Partnership Agreement Communique
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