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Banned Drinkers Register: have your say

Have a say on Banned Drinkers Register

Sep 29, 2022
A consultation on options to strengthen the Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) has been launched after an independent evaluation of the scheme’s trial in the Pilbara.

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Food Innovation front of mind for Shire of Murray

6 Dec 2021
The Western Australian Food Innovation Precinct, being delivered by the Shire of Murray, will be the first of its kind in Western Australia and will play an important role in the State’s industry diversification strategy by placing a focus on Agri-Tech and new product development.
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Shire of Bruce Rock wins big at WA Community Achievement Awards

6 Dec 2021
The Shire of Bruce Rock was this year’s winner of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries Making a Difference Award at the WA Community Achievement Awards.
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$30,000 available for artist-in-residence local government projects

6 Dec 2021
The $5 million Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program is available for artist-in-residence projects. Projects must engage communities and are delivered with a local government, school or not-for-profit community organisations.
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Study a Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership and Management

6 Dec 2021
In partnership with Edith Cowan University, Local Government Professionals WA is excited to announce the launch of a new postgraduate qualification program.
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Perth to host five FIFA Women's World Cup games in 2023

2 Dec 2021
Perth will host five 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup games as part of one of the biggest series of football matches Western Australia has ever seen.
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Small grants a big factor in creating healthy, happy communities

1 Dec 2021
The State Government has awarded nearly $900,000 to more than 20 local governments and community organisations to improve sport and recreation facilities.
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Lotterywest’s $7.7 million wave of support for Perth Festival

23 Nov 2021
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has set the stage for the 2022 Perth Festival, with significant funding for free community events and core program costs.
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Wellington National Park expanded as Collie trails network grows

22 Nov 2021
Collie's transformation into a recreation and adventure tourism hub continues, with Wellington National Park expanded by over 7000 hectares and the completion of the first 15km stage of the region's new mountain bike trails network.
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Global call for new $2 million artwork installation

22 Nov 2021
A new landmark artwork will be commissioned for the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) as part of the State Government's continued commitment to revitalising the Perth Cultural Centre.
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WA Museum Boola Bardip celebrates first birthday and 700,000 visitors

22 Nov 2021
WA Museum Boola Bardip welcomed its 700,000th visitor this weekend, one year on since opening.
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10 years of helping kids connect with community through Kidsport

18 Nov 2021
The State Government’s popular KidSport program celebrated 10 years of helping families connect with their community through sport at a special event held in Leederville today.
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The Dog Amendment (Stop Puppy Farming) Bill 2021 has passed through Parliament

18 Nov 2021

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This means changes to the Dog Act 1976 to better regulate the breeding of dogs in Western Australia.
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Historic camp re-opens following $3.7 million refurbishment

17 Nov 2021
The State Government has delivered its $3.7 million WA Recovery Plan revitalisation project of the Ern Halliday Recreation Camp in Perth's northern suburbs.
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Council Member Essentials Training

16 Nov 2021

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Following the 2021 Ordinary Elections, local governments are reminded that under the Local Government Act 1995, council members must complete the Council Member Essentials (CME) training course.
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Plan on a Page to the local government sector

16 Nov 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has launched its Plan on a Page to the local government sector.
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Tourism operators celebrated at Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards

15 Nov 2021
Tourism business founder Troy Thomas was posthumously awarded the Sir David Brand Medal for Tourism at the 2021 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards last night.
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It’s show time: bigger and better FRINGE returns to WA

10 Nov 2021
The FRINGE WORLD Festival will return in 2022 bigger and better than ever, with the State Government providing a significant funding boost.
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Lotterywest grant funds new tech for Bibbulmun Track

10 Nov 2021
Hikers and volunteers who use the Bibbulmun Track will soon benefit from new online resources to help make their journey easier.
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Surf’s Up! Lotterywest funds for Margaret River Surf Life Saving Development Centre

10 Nov 2021
The next generation of surf life savers will benefit from a wave of funds for the Surf Life Saving WA Development Centre in Margaret River.
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Local government reforms announced

10 Nov 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
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Four WA athletes to benefit from VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program

10 Nov 2021
Four of the State's high performing athletes have been selected for the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program which is now in its fourth year.
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Remembrance Day

9 Nov 2021

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Flags at half mast and observance of 1 minute of silence on Thursday 11 November 2021.
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Local government reforms announced

9 Nov 2021
The State Government has announced the most significant package of major reforms for WA Local Government since the Local Government Act 1995 was passed more than 25 years ago.
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Spot the signs and show gambling who’s boss

8 Nov 2021
As Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW) kicks off today, the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is encouraging Western Australians to recognise the warning signs before gambling becomes a problem.
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A look back at the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021

4 Nov 2021
A record number of people gathered in Albany for the WA Trails and Recreation Forum 2021.
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New Art Gallery of WA rooftop venue set to open with stunning views

4 Nov 2021
The State Government's $10 million project to transform the Art Gallery of Western Australia (AGWA) rooftop is complete, with the 500-capacity multipurpose arts space and bar now Perth's biggest rooftop venue.
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New members appointed to VenuesWest board

2 Nov 2021
The VenuesWest board, which oversees Western Australia's best sport and entertainment venues, has welcomed two new members.
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New gender neutral changerooms level playing field for women’s sport in Exmouth

1 Nov 2021
The Exmouth Recreation Centre's new gender-neutral changerooms were officially opened today, with Sport and Recreation Minister Tony Buti in town to mark the occasion.
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My Place in WA

28 Oct 2021
The Commissioner for Children and Young People has sent information to local governments, encouraging them to involve children and young people in decision making.
Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

26 Oct 2021
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.
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Queen's Birthday Public Holiday 2022

22 Oct 2021

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United Nations Day

19 Oct 2021

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Geraldton Basketball Stadium election commitment in the basket

18 Oct 2021
A $4.5 million upgrade to Geraldton Basketball Stadium is getting underway following the delivery of a State Government election commitment towards the project.
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Adventurous minds convene to plan the future of WA’s trails

14 Oct 2021
Western Australia's biggest-ever trails forum is being held in Albany today to discuss how the state can harness the economic potential of some of our fastest growing pastimes — hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
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Country football kicks goals for mental health

13 Oct 2021
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.
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Kimberley to feature in Australian fashion campaign

13 Oct 2021
Some of the State's most awe-inspiring locations will be showcased to millions of people around the world through a unique partnership between the State Government, through Tourism Western Australia and Showroom X.
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