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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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Comment sought on planning reforms

May 28, 2021

LG Alert

Local governments are being invited to comment on the next phase of reforms to streamline the planning system and reduce red tape.
Lanie Chopping

Department welcomes new interim Director General

May 28, 2021
The department would like to extend a warm welcome to its new interim Director General, Lanie Chopping, who starts in the role on Monday 31 May.

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

May 25, 2021
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

May 20, 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Indigenous flags on National Sorry Day and throughout National Reconciliation Week recognises the significance of these events for all Australians and is a sign of respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and culture.
Spectators arrive at Optus Stadium

Perth secures historic Ashes Test and One Day International for 2021-22 season

May 19, 2021
Cricket's greatest rivalry is set to return to Perth following today's announcement that Optus Stadium will host the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England from January 14 to 18 next year.
The Stidwell Family from left to right Sienna Hepworth (Mike Stidwell’s Grandaughter) Denise Legge (winner) Jill Stidwell and Siobhan Hepworth (Mike Stidwells Daughter) .

Pony Club volunteer recognised with prestigious award

May 18, 2021
Pony Club Western Australia Great Southern Zone stalwart Denise Legge has won the prestigious Mike Stidwell Medal, for her longstanding commitment to sports volunteering in Western Australia's Great Southern region.
A group of people as an infographic

Applications open for Indian COVID-19 Crisis Relief Funding

May 17, 2021
Applications are now open for the State Government's $2 million relief funding program to help India through its second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The lighthouse on Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash

May 14, 2021
After two weeks of huge swell at the competition in Margaret River, the World Surf League Championship Tour is heading to Rottnest Island, marking the first time Western Australia has hosted two world surfing events in the same year.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

May 14, 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Duncan Ord

New leadership for State Government departments

May 13, 2021
Effective Monday 31 May 2021, a number of Directors General are changing departments, or taking planned retirement.
Jacaranda trees blooming in front of townhouses in the suburb of Subiaco in Perth, Western Australia.

Authorised Inquiry reports tabled in Parliament

May 13, 2021
Authorised Inquiry reports into three local governments have been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

May 11, 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A close up of who people budgeting using a computer and calculator

Preparing your 2021-22 budget

May 5, 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
A group of people as an infographic

State Government donates $2 million towards India COVID crisis

May 4, 2021
The State Government is allocating $2 million in relief funding to support those directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis in India.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

May 3, 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
Banned Drinkers Register and Takeaway Alcohol Management System trial to commence in the Kimberley

Banned Drinkers Register technology rolls out in the Kimberley

May 1, 2021
Following a successful rollout to its trial in the Pilbara, the Banned Drinkers Register will begin rolling out across the Kimberley this week.
Staff member using office equipment

Financial assistance for ratepayers to continue

Apr 30, 2021
Financial hardship measures introduced by the State Government to protect Western Australian ratepayers hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, will be extended.
Oil painting

Limitations during State of Emergency

Apr 29, 2021
Although we are fortunate to be in a period of recovery, we take this opportunity to remind everyone that WA remains in a State of Emergency.
Duncan Ord

Message from the DLGSC Director General

Apr 27, 2021
Post-lockdown transition
Infographic for the post-lockdown transition

COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

Apr 27, 2021

LG Alert

Following an announcement by the State Government, post-lockdown measures will come into effect from 12:01am Tuesday 27 April until 12.01am, Saturday morning 1 May.
A group of people playing hockey indoors

Spotlight on Peel Hockey and Coastal Rowing WA

Apr 22, 2021
Peel Hockey have recently completed their first ever floorball program in the off-season after receiving an Active Regional Communities (ARC) grant from the department.
New skate park at Hotham Park

Funding initiative supports local infrastructure upgrades

Apr 22, 2021
A number of successful infrastructure developments and upgrades have been achieved in the Peel and South West regions.
Forum working group photo

2021 Peel Sports and Coaches Forums – wrap up

Apr 21, 2021
The Peel Sports Forum, organised annually by the department’s Peel office, lived up to its reputation as a highlight of the sport and recreation industry’s calendar.
A coach watching her players

Survey outlining industry priorities

Apr 21, 2021
Over 300 stakeholders took part in a recent survey as part of the Sport and Recreation Industry Priorities Project.
State of Origin game at Optus Stadium showing pyrotechnics

WA to welcome back State of Origin in 2022

Apr 21, 2021
The National Rugby League (NRL) State of Origin — one of the nation's greatest sporting rivalries and one of the State's biggest event success stories — will return to Perth next year.
Australian flag

Flying of flags: ANZAC Day

Apr 21, 2021

LG Alert

The Australian National Flag should be flown at half-mast on Sunday, 25 April 2021, from dawn until noon.
Top view of female runner crossing hurdle on tartan track

Australia’s top track and field athletes to compete in Perth

Apr 20, 2021
WA Athletics Stadium to host Australian Track and Field Championships in 2022 and 2025.
An close up image of a trail bike river on a dirt road

Shire of York off-road vehicle area receives funding boost

Apr 20, 2021
The Shire of York's off-road vehicle area, also known as the York Motocross Track, is set to receive an upgrade with a $40,000 funding boost from the State Government.
Naturalisation ceremony at the Northam Town Hall, 1955  SLWA BA1728/165

150 years of local government in WA

Apr 19, 2021
This year marks 150 years since a system of local government was introduced in Western Australia.
ASW Bunbury Melo Velo, Makers and co, Lighthouse 5

Bunbury plugs into e-waste solution

Apr 19, 2021
The City of Bunbury is one of three local governments to receive State Government funding from the WasteSorted e-Waste grants program.

Spotlight on the Shire of Mingenew

Apr 19, 2021
The Shire of Mingenew is about 100km south-east of Geraldton, covering about 2000 square kilometres.
Cottesloe council members inspecting their new rubbish tip truck, 1950.

Roads, rubbish, rates and a hat pin panic

Apr 19, 2021
Continuing Local Matters’ acknowledgement of 150 years of local government in WA, here are some lesser known facts about local governments from Dr Chris Berry.
Person writing

Program eases pressure on local small business

Apr 19, 2021
The cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo are the first group of councils selected to take part in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.
Amanda O'Halloran, CEO Shire of Derby West Kimberley

Spotlight on CEO Amanda O’Halloran, Shire of Derby West Kimberley

Apr 19, 2021
Amanda O’Halloran’s career as local government Chief Executive Officer has taken her from one of the smallest in size — the Shire of Wandering — to one of the largest, the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, at more than 104,000 square kilometres.
OMI Multicultural Award winners 2021

Awards showcase champions of multiculturalism

Apr 19, 2021
The Shire of Katanning has been recognised for its outstanding contribution towards multiculturalism at the Western Australian Multicultural Awards 2021.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

Apr 16, 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
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