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New website puts WA’s world-class trails on the map

May 5, 2022
The State Government has invested in a new website making it possible for anyone to access Western Australia's world-class trails network.

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Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

WA Museum Boola Bardip wins three major national industry awards

10 Jun 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

9 Jun 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

9 Jun 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

4 Jun 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

3 Jun 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

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

2 Jun 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.
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Hiking grants a gateway to experience WA’s great outdoors

2 Jun 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.
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Local Government (COVID-19 Response) Amendment Order 2021

1 Jun 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

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

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

Community scores in latest round of sport and recreation grants

1 Jun 2021
Community organisations and local governments are set to benefit from State Government funding to encourage more participation in sport and recreation, through the development of basic infrastructure.

Comment sought on planning reforms

28 May 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

28 May 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

25 May 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.
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Flying of flags: National Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week

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

19 May 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

18 May 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.
The lighthouse on Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash

14 May 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

14 May 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

13 May 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

13 May 2021
Authorised Inquiry reports into three local governments have been tabled in the Western Australian Parliament.
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Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

11 May 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.
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Preparing your 2021-22 budget

5 May 2021

LG Alert

Differential rating and minimum payments — return to normal practise.
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State Government donates $2 million towards India COVID crisis

4 May 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

3 May 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

1 May 2021
Following a successful rollout to its trial in the Pilbara, the Banned Drinkers Register will begin rolling out across the Kimberley this week.
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Financial assistance for ratepayers to continue

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

29 Apr 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

27 Apr 2021
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COVID-19 update: post-lockdown transition

27 Apr 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.
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Spotlight on Peel Hockey and Coastal Rowing WA

22 Apr 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

22 Apr 2021
A number of successful infrastructure developments and upgrades have been achieved in the Peel and South West regions.
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2021 Peel Sports and Coaches Forums – wrap up

21 Apr 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

21 Apr 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

21 Apr 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.
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