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Want to make a difference? Consider running for your local council this September

Jun 1, 2021
Community members are called on to nominate as a candidate in the upcoming local government elections to be held on 16 October 2021.

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Australian outback bush fires

Regional local governments invited to take action on climate change

Jun 21, 2021
Regional local governments are being invited to submit a proposal to join forces with neighbouring governments to address the effects of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

What’s in a name?

Jun 21, 2021
In the 150th year of WA local government, Dr Christopher Berry talks about local government names and where they originate.
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Recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

Jun 18, 2021
Now in its second year, INSPIRE offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.
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2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

Jun 17, 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
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Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

Jun 14, 2021
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.
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WA dance company recognised on national stage

Jun 11, 2021
WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

WA Museum Boola Bardip wins three major national industry awards

Jun 10, 2021
Western Australia's stunning new public museum, the WA Museum Boola Bardip, has been awarded three prestigious MAGNAs (Museums and Galleries National Awards) at the sector's annual awards event in Canberra last night.
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Tickets on sale for Perth’s Bledisloe Cup blockbuster

Jun 9, 2021
Rugby union fans around Australia and New Zealand can snap up tickets from 10am today (AWST) to Perth's Bledisloe Cup Test on August 21 at Optus Stadium.
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Roll up for WA posters

Jun 9, 2021

LG Alert

Anyone over the age of 30, and all Aboriginal people over the age of 16, in Western Australia are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Stop Puppy Farming Bill reintroduced

Jun 4, 2021
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been reintroduced into Parliament.
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Funding available for upgrades to regional galleries

Jun 3, 2021
Public galleries in regional Western Australia can apply for funding from $2500 to $50,000 for minor or major scale upgrades and support through the Public Regional Galleries Improvement Fund.
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Accounting for Cash in Lieu of Open Space

Jun 3, 2021

LG Alert

Amendments to section 154 of the Planning and Development Act 2005 (PDA) changed the accounting treatment for cash in lieu of open space contributions received on or after 12 September 2020.
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