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WA Trails and Recreation Forum

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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Matt Wearn,  image courtesy of Western Australian Institute of Sport

51 of WA’s best athletes to represent Australia at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

Jul 12, 2021
Western Australia will have its second highest representation on the Australian Olympic Team, with 51 athletes competing at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
A nurse holding up her sleeve showing she has been vaccinated

Local Government COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions

Jul 8, 2021

LG Alert

DLGSC, with the Department of Health, is holding two exclusive information sessions for local government staff and elected members in Western Australia.
Illustration of people with the message: Be a vocal local

Countdown is on with 100 days until local government elections

Jul 8, 2021
With just 100 days until the Western Australian local government elections, community members are being asked to be a 'Vocal Local' by nominating for election to their local council.
Close up of female cricketer wearing gloves and pads

Grants creating innovative programs to increase physical activity

Jul 8, 2021
The State Government has funded 10 organisations $843,186 for innovative ideas to increase participation in physical activity.
Runners together in a group with motion blur

Three-year funding arrangement secured for regional athlete development

Jul 7, 2021
The State Government will continue to support the Regional Athlete Support Program (RASP), with $3 million of funding delivered over three years through Royalties for Regions.
An artist in his studio

Four regional artists receive sought-after fellowships

Jul 5, 2021
Each receive $50,000 over two years from the Regional Artist Fellowship program.
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.

Tickets on sale for historic Ashes Test at Perth Stadium

Jul 5, 2021
Cricket fans can secure their seat to witness cricket history, with tickets to go on sale today for the first Ashes Test to be played at Perth Stadium.
Perth and Peel transition out of lockdown: interim restrictions apply

End of lockdown for Perth and Peel from 12:01am, Saturday 3 July

Jul 2, 2021
Interim restrictions are in effect until 12.01am, Tuesday 6 July.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags for NAIDOC Week 4 to 11 July 2021

Jul 2, 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for Indigenous Australians.
Workers at a casino

Improving occupational recognition across the nation

Jul 2, 2021
A new national Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) of Occupational Registration scheme will be in place for a limited number of occupations in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July, 2021.
A game of hockey in the Wheatelt

Wheatbelt winter sports work together

Jul 1, 2021
Hockey, football and netball clubs and associations in the eastern Wheatbelt have been working together this year, to trial three feature rounds where all three winter sports are played on the same day, at the same venue.
WAM logo

West Australian Music appoints new CEO

Jun 30, 2021
The announcement of a new CEO at West Australian Music and an extension to the Contemporary Music Fund heralds an exciting new era for WA's vibrant contemporary music scene.
Lockdown: Perth and Peel

Lockdown: Perth and Peel

Jun 29, 2021
Perth and Peel has entered a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July 2021.
A stage setup for live performance.

New program to get the show back on the road

Jun 29, 2021
A new shared risk program to reactivate live performances and touring activity is opening soon, creating more opportunities for employment and venue activation in the arts industry, building on recent announcements about increased capacity limits for arts venues.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Arts and Culture Trust Bill reintroduced

Jun 24, 2021
The Arts and Culture Trust Bill has been reintroduced to State Parliament.
Fabian Coulthard drives the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during race 1 for the Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia

Supercars tickets a licence to thrill motorsport fans

Jun 23, 2021
All the thrills and spills of Perth's Supercars Championship night round is a step closer for fans, with tickets on sale from 10am today AWST, through Ticketek, to the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight at Wanneroo Raceway.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

Jun 22, 2021
The successful Getting the Show back on the Road risk-share program has been expanded.
Gravestones on a grassy field

Department undertaking Cemeteries and Cremation Acts Review

Jun 21, 2021
The department is seeking the views and expertise of local governments with cemetery responsibilities to find out more about their experience of cemetery management.
3D architectural model study of a town

Planning changes to reduce red tape

Jun 21, 2021
Opinion from the local government sector is being sought on reform to support changes in the planning system.
A photo of Andrea Selvey

Spotlight on: CEO Andrea Selvey, Shire of Carnarvon

Jun 21, 2021
Andrea Selvey is the CEO of the Shire of Carnarvon, situated about 904km north of Perth on the west coast.
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.
Constellation of a numbat

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.
A close up photo of a cinema projector

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.
A dance performer on stage

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.
The Bledisloe Cup in focus with the Wallabies lined up behind it at Optus Stadium

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.
Roll up for WA banner graphics and images of people who have had a vaccine

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.
A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

Stop Puppy Farming Bill reintroduced

Jun 4, 2021
The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 (the Bill) has been reintroduced into Parliament.
Interior of an art gallery with displays of art pieces.

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.
Shot of performers on stage with lights in the background

Shows on the Go program to continue bringing theatre to regional audiences

Jun 2, 2021
The successful Shows on the Go program will continue into 2023 thanks to an $860,000 funding commitment over two years from the State Government.
A bush track

Hiking grants a gateway to experience WA’s great outdoors

Jun 2, 2021
More than $168,000 will be shared among 15 local governments and community organisations in a new grants program to increase participation in, and develop, the State's hiking industry.
WA State Parliament

Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021

Jun 1, 2021

LG Alert

The Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021 (the Order), comes into effect on 2 June 2021, providing ongoing assistance to WA ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic for the 2021-22 financial year.
Reconciliation banners on St Georges Terrace, Perth

Street banners celebrate National Reconciliation Week

Jun 1, 2021
Organisations from across Western Australia are showing their commitment to and support for reconciliation by sponsoring a banner through the Reconciliation Week Street Banner Project.
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