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Western Australia — It's like no other

Dec 20, 2021
With the safe transition plan locked in 5 February next year, the WA Government has recently launched a campaign to attract visitors, students, investors and workers back to the State.

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Plan on a Page to the local government sector

Nov 16, 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has launched its Plan on a Page to the local government sector.
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Tourism operators celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

Nov 15, 2021
Tourism business founder Troy Thomas was posthumously awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Tourism at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last night.
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It’s show time: bigger and better FRINGE returns to WA

Nov 10, 2021
The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever, with the State Government providing a significant funding boost.
Bibbulmun Track with guide sign, Beedelup National Park, Western Australia

Lotterywest grant funds new tech for Bibbulmun Track

Nov 10, 2021
Hikers and volunteers who use the Bibbulmun Track will soon benefit from new online resources to help make their journey easier.
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Surf’s Up! Lotterywest funds for Margaret River Surf Life Saving Development Centre

Nov 10, 2021
The next generation of surf life savers will benefit from a wave of funds for the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre in Margaret River.
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Local government reforms announced

Nov 10, 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
Tamsin Cook swimming  the Women's 800m Freestyle heat on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Four WA athletes to benefit from VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program

Nov 10, 2021
Four of the State's high performing athletes have been selected for the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program which is now in its fourth year.
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Remembrance Day

Nov 9, 2021

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Flags at half mast and observance of 1 minute of silence on Thursday 11 November 2021.
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Local government reforms announced

Nov 9, 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
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Spot the signs and show gambling who’s boss

Nov 8, 2021
As Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) kicks off today, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is encouraging Western Australians to recognise the warning signs before gambling becomes a problem.
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A look back at the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021

Nov 4, 2021
A record number of people gathered in Albany for the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
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New Art Gallery of WA rooftop venue set to open with stunning views

Nov 4, 2021
The State Government's $10 million project to transform the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) rooftop is complete, with the 500-capacity multipurpose arts space and bar now Perth's biggest rooftop venue.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

New members appointed to VenuesWest board

Nov 2, 2021
The VenuesWest board, which oversees Western Australia's best sport and entertainment venues, has welcomed two new members.
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New gender neutral changerooms level playing field for women’s sport in Exmouth

Nov 1, 2021
The Exmouth Recreation Centre's new gender-neutral changerooms were officially opened today, with Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti in town to mark the occasion.
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My Place in WA

Oct 28, 2021
The Commissioner for Children and Young People has sent information to local governments, encouraging them to involve children and young people in decision making.
Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Oct 26, 2021
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.
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Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 2022

Oct 22, 2021

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United Nations Day

Oct 19, 2021

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Geraldton Basketball Stadium election commitment in the basket

Oct 18, 2021
A $4.5 million upgrade to Geraldton Basketball Stadium is getting underway following the delivery of a State Government election commitment towards the project.
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Adventurous minds convene to plan the future of WA’s trails

Oct 14, 2021
Western Australia's biggest-ever trails forum is being held in Albany today to discuss how the state can harness the economic potential of some of our fastest growing pastimes — hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
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Country football kicks goals for mental health

Oct 13, 2021
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.
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Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

Oct 13, 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
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Child Safeguarding Checklist

Oct 12, 2021
Organisations are reminded that a checklist for staff and volunteers working with children and young people has been developed.
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Indian Ocean adventures with rugby league

Oct 11, 2021
Rugby league is one of the most popular sports across the islands of the Indian Ocean Territories thanks to a recent visit from the NRL.
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Help care for trails

Oct 11, 2021
Do you enjoy walking or cycling on the trails of the Great Southern? Are you interested in meeting new people and spending time outdoors for a good cause?
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Hiking participation grants now open

Oct 11, 2021
Have a great trails project you’d like to bring to life? Applications for the WA Hiking Participation Grants program are now open.
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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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Heaps of fun at Camp Quaranup

Oct 11, 2021
The much-loved Camp Quaranup Community Open Day happens on Saturday 16 October.
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Make your vote count by being a vocal local

Oct 8, 2021
With just a week to go until Western Australian local governments hold ordinary elections across the State, Western Australians are being reminded to make their vote count by being a ‘vocal local’.
Jessica Fox of Team Australia competes during the Women's Canoe Slalom Semi-final

New Swan River canoe slalom course opens

Oct 4, 2021
A new flat water slalom course on the Swan River has officially opened today — just months after Jessica Fox won Australia's first Olympic gold medal in the canoe slalom event.
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Register now for the WA Trails and Recreation Forum in Albany

Oct 4, 2021
Trails and recreation enthusiasts are encouraged to secure their tickets to the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021, which will be held in Albany from 13 to 15 October.
Jeremy Hayward of the Kookaburras in action during the FIH Pro League

Perth proves pitch-perfect with five major hockey events secured

Sep 29, 2021
Some of the world's best men's and women's hockey players will be among thousands of visitors to Western Australia for a series of high-profile hockey events from 2022 to 2025.
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WA Hiking Participation Grants open for applications

Sep 28, 2021
Community organisations or local governments can now apply for funding for programs that boost participation in hiking and trail running.
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Kimberley footy set to reach new heights with $5 million boost

Sep 28, 2021
The State Government is teaming up with the AFL to deliver a $5 million boost to one of football's most skilled, passionate, and remote talent pools — the Kimberley.

Local governments lace up

Sep 24, 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
Giant AFL Sherrin football banner displayed on Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup mega-footy a sign of Perth's Grand Final fever

Sep 23, 2021
Perth's AFL Grand Final fever has hit new heights with a giant Sherrin footy banner measuring approximately 12m high and 6.5m wide hanging over the Swan River from Perth's Matagarup Bridge.

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