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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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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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Historic balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre to be restored

Apr 14, 2021
Visitors to His Majesty's Theatre will soon be able to walk along the balconies and verandahs as part of further upgrades at the historic performing arts venue.
Sam Kerr of the Australian Matildas is congratulated by team mates after scoring a goal during the Women's Olympic Football Tournament Play-Off

Perth victorious in FIFA Women’s World Cup host city selection

Apr 1, 2021
Perth has been officially selected as a host city for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) this morning announced the successful locations for the Australia and New Zealand tournament.
Reconcilation Week banner artwork by Western Australian Aboriginal artist Tee Jay Worrigal

Reconciliation Street Banner Project deadline extended!

Mar 26, 2021
The department is calling on organisations and local governments to show their commitment to reconciliation, by sponsoring a Reconciliation Week Street Banner.
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Explore WA’s cultural and creative spaces with the WA Cultural Infrastructure Map

Mar 25, 2021
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Map identifies existing cultural and creative spaces across the State.
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Final designs revealed for WACA Ground transformation in East Perth

Mar 25, 2021
The latest vision has been unveiled today for the WACA Ground Improvement Project, which will transform the iconic East Perth venue into a community, sporting and tourist hub.
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Grants continue recovery of WA’s arts and culture sector

Mar 23, 2021
WA’s vibrant arts and culture sector continues to receive support from the State Government, with 17 projects representing a variety of disciplines sharing in more than $709,000 from two grants programs.
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Identification of potential areas for off-road vehicles

Mar 19, 2021

LG Alert

The Off-Road Vehicle Advisory Committee is asking local governments to identify areas that could be considered for formal gazetting for off-road vehicle (ORV) use.
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Statement addressing matters related to Crown Perth and the report of the Bergin Inquiry

Feb 16, 2021
The Gaming and Wagering Commission of Western Australia (GWC) met today to consider the report of the Bergin Inquiry.
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Transitional lockdown restrictions will be lifted

Feb 12, 2021

LG Alert

COVID-19 update
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Appointment of New Commission Member to the Combat Sports Commission

Feb 9, 2021
A message from the Chair of the Combat Sports Commission.
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New funding program seeks innovative ideas to get people moving

Feb 1, 2021
A new $750,000 funding program has been announced to support innovative projects that encourage physical activity.
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National swim competition making a splash in the Kimberley

Jan 29, 2021
The Kimberley is set to provide the spectacular backdrop to one of Australia's most scenic sporting events, when the First National Kimberley Lake Argyle Swim takes place on 1 May this year.
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Grants enliven WA’s regional sporting participation

Jan 28, 2021
Skateboarding clinics, an artistic swimming program and the development of an athletics training centre are among ten regional initiatives to receive funding in the latest round of the State Government's Active Regional Communities grants.

Local clubs share in State Government support

Jan 28, 2021
The State Government has committed more than $1 million of funding to 27 projects supporting club development.
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Regional festivals receive funding boost

Jan 28, 2021
A writers' festival in Geraldton, community sculpture in Esperance, and a series of astro-photography activities in Mount Magnet are some of the vibrant initiatives receiving funding from the latest round of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund.
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Double the fun with KidSport in 2021

Jan 27, 2021
More Western Australian families are set to take to the playing fields and courts, with the State Government doubling KidSport vouchers for 2021 to help families reconnect through sport.
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250,000 visitors to WA Museum Boola Bardip in two months

Jan 23, 2021
The stunning new WA Museum Boola Bardip has now welcomed over 250,000 visitors since opening its doors on 21 November 2020.
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New funding round for community sport and recreation facilities

Jan 20, 2021
The next Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants round will open on 1 February 2021.
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Funding boost for historic Mount Barker swim facilities

Jan 15, 2021
The historic Mount Barker Memorial Swimming Pool is set to receive a major refurbishment made possible by an investment of more than $374,000 by the State Government.
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1 September 2020 meeting

Jan 15, 2021

Communique

State Local Partnership Agreement Communique
State Infrastructure Strategy Discussion Paper

State Infrastructure Strategy webinar

Jan 13, 2021

LG Alert

Updating local governments on the development of the State Infrastructure Strategy.
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Playing WA supports performing arts tours across regional WA

Jan 12, 2021
Performing arts companies will tour a mixture of world class hip-hop opera, theatre, international jazz, cross-cultural work and musical comedy across regional Western Australia, with funding from the Playing WA grants program.
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Playing WA grants program brings arts organisations to regional WA

Jan 12, 2021
Four major WA touring companies will share just under $1.6 million, taking their productions to regional Western Australia over the next three years, as part of the State Government's Playing WA Multi-year grants program.
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Banned Drinkers Register to be trialled in the Kimberley

Jan 6, 2021
The Kimberley is the next Western Australian region set to benefit from the State Government's trial of a nearly $1 million Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) expected to start this May.

SportWest baton passed to Matt Fulton

Dec 24, 2020
Matt Fulton has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of SportWest.

Recovery continues with fast-tracked community sports grants

Dec 23, 2020
The McGowan Government has given sport and active recreation infrastructure projects in regional Western Australia a $5.5 million funding boost, supporting WA's COVID-19 recovery and creating jobs.

Local firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

Dec 23, 2020
Western Australia is one step closer to a revitalised Perth Cultural Centre, with the contract for the masterplan awarded to Perth architectural firm Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick.

Record investment in women’s sporting facilities under State Government

Dec 23, 2020
The State Government's female friendly facilities initiative continues to encourage greater female participation in sport, with a record investment in women's sport. More than $3 million has been allocated to infrastructure projects which include new and upgraded change rooms that are suitable for women.

In the House expanding WA’s vibrant regional culture and arts programs

Dec 21, 2020
Arts and cultural venues in regional Western Australia will be buzzing with increased programs of activity next year, thanks to the In the House grants program.
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Exmouth splashes into summer with new swimming facilities

Dec 21, 2020
The State Government has invested $750,000 towards a major redevelopment of Exmouth's Paltridge Memorial Swimming Pool which will bring the facility up to current Australian Standards.
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Female-friendly facilities get the go ahead in Exmouth

Dec 21, 2020
The State Government's focus on making venues more female-friendly continues with Exmouth Recreation Centre the latest facility to commence work on installing unisex change rooms.
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Smaller State Sporting Associations to receive funding boost

Dec 18, 2020
More than 70 State Sporting Associations (SSAs) will be eligible to apply for funding to help develop and grow their sports, with the State Government announcing a new $1.7 million funding pool.
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