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Council member training and candidate induction

Aug 12, 2019
On 27 June 2019, the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 was passed by the Western Australian Parliament, coming into effect on 6 July 2019.

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History no mystery thanks to local governments

May 9, 2019
The Shire of Broome, City of Cockburn and City of Kalamunda​ were among 17 local governments that helped showcase Aboriginal culture and history to their communities through Reconciliation Week celebrations.
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Sponsor a street banner

May 9, 2019
Local governments are invited to participate in the 2019 Reconciliation Week – Street Banner Project by sponsoring a reconciliation banner.
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Every Club Hub

May 8, 2019
A one-stop shop for the State's 5500 community sporting clubs and their volunteers is now available thanks to the department’s Every Club Hub initiative.
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Act now before it's too late

May 7, 2019
The department has consulted with more than 100 organisations and community groups across the State including local government staff, peak bodies, multicultural groups, young people, Aboriginal groups and seniors.
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Investment into arts and culture supports regional growth

May 7, 2019
The new Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP) will deliver almost $20 million in funding to regional Western Australia, including Kalgoorlie, over the next four years.
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Review of parking local laws

May 1, 2019

Departmental circular 4 2019

In October 2018, the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018 (TRPS Act) was passed by the Parliament of Western Australia and a number of reforms impacting parking local laws will come into effect on 2 July 2019.
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Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Apr 23, 2019

Ministerial circular 1 2019

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019
WA State Parliament

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

Apr 18, 2019

Departmental circular 3 2019

​In June 2017, the McGowan Government announced a review of the Local Government Act 1995 (LG Act).
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Crowds flock to Bickley Camp's open day

Apr 17, 2019
Close to 1000 people enjoyed the free outdoor recreation activities on offer at the Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp on Sunday 7 April 2019.
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Safe work places in local government

Mar 22, 2019

Departmental circular 2 2019

Minister Templeman recently spoke of his concerns about a trend of bullying and abuse in the local government sector against elected members, CEO’s and other staff.
Anne ZAHALKA The Bathers 1989 c-type photographic print State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia Purchased 2013 © Anne Zahalka, 1989.

First tour for 20 years - State Art Gallery works go on the road

Mar 19, 2019
The first exhibition as part of the Regional Exhibition Touring Boost is opening soon.
Soccer players training

State Government championing equality in sports leadership

Mar 19, 2019
A State Government report which highlights the stark imbalance between male and female management in sports organisations will assist the sector to strive for gender balance in its leadership roles.
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