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Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back

Jul 1, 2020
A $195,000 relief fund will be available for eligible regional art galleries that had to cancel exhibitions and close their doors due to COVID-19.

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Regulation amendments for electronic attendance – enabling council meetings to continue during emergencies

Mar 24, 2020
His Excellency the Governor, in Executive Council, has approved regulations to allow local government councils to hold meetings electronically during a public health emergency or a state of emergency. This can be via teleconference, video conference or other electronic means.
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Instructions to close certain places of business, worship and entertainment

Mar 23, 2020
Under the Emergency Management Act 2005, the Commissioner of Police and State Emergency Coordinator, Chris Dawson, has issued directions regarding the closure of various establishments to the public in WA to limit the spread of COVID-19.
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Cultural and art institutions

Mar 23, 2020
At 12.00pm today, as part of a nationally consistent approach, all cultural and art institutions in Western Australia will close in the interests of public safety in response to COVID-19.
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Public Authorities (Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse) Directions

Mar 20, 2020
Local governments have been providing assistance to ensure that goods can be delivered to shops in a timely manner.
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Electronic attendance at meetings

Mar 20, 2020
The department understands the challenges that local governments are facing in regard to social distancing and possible individual self-isolation in Western Australia.
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Instructions to councils to assist supermarkets to respond to demand

Mar 19, 2020
As our state and nation face the challenges of COVID-19, many of our supermarkets and other businesses are struggling to meet unprecedented consumer demand.
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Meeting quorums

Mar 17, 2020
Some local governments are currently experiencing difficulty in achieving necessary meeting quorums.
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Information regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and recreation camps

Mar 13, 2020
Consistent with the Department of Education’s approach, the department is following the advice of the WA Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 virus. Updated 25 March 2020 to reflect changes to cancellation policy.
His Majesty's Theatre

New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

Mar 12, 2020
The State Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish a new body to oversee Western Australia's theatre venues and other cultural assets.
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100 years of women in local government

Mar 4, 2020
In 2020, we celebrate an important milestone for women in local government. This year, it’s 100 years since the first woman was elected to Local Government in Western Australia.
Shire President Cr Michelle Rich celebrates the Shire’s 2020 Gold Waterwise Council rating

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale recognised as 2020 Gold Waterwise Council

Mar 4, 2020
The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has been recognised as a 2020 Gold Waterwise Council for its commitment to water conservation and supporting water wise communities.
Abandoned place with garbage all over floor and urban paintings all over walls.

Rapid graffiti removal practices for local governments

Mar 4, 2020
Local governments encouraged to implement rapid graffiti removal practices as outlined in the State Government’s Graffiti Vandalism Removal Standards.
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