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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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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – Phase 3 report out now

Sep 22, 2020
National results from the third phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020

LG Alert

Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.
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COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

Sep 18, 2020
Events of more than 500 people that require a local government authority approval will be supported with COVID Event Guidelines and COVID Event Plans to ensure more events are held in Western Australia.
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Universal Council Member Training

Sep 18, 2020

Departmental Circular 7 2020

The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 has introduced the requirement for all council members to undertake Council Member Essentials training within the first 12 months of being elected.
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State Library acquires Graham ‘Polly’ Farmer collection

Sep 16, 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has recently acquired its latest treasures, a valuable collection of Graham 'Polly' Farmer memorabilia.
Performers at the Nannup Music Festival 30th anniversary parade, 2019. Picture by Giselle Natassia.

Grant programs to reignite regional arts and cultural activity

Sep 16, 2020
Regional Western Australia will become a hive of arts and cultural activity thanks to three grant programs opening this month, as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
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Combat Sports Industry — Weight Cutting

Sep 14, 2020
Brief Ministerial Statement, Minister for Sport and Recreation.
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Arts and Culture Monitor 2020

Sep 11, 2020
The Arts and Culture Monitor is an annual independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts. The 2020 report shows strong public support for the value of the State’s culture and arts activities.
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Wander out Yonder and spring into a Perth staycation

Sep 9, 2020
Western Australians are being encouraged to turn a night out into a 'staycation' — with the launch of a new campaign promoting Perth's world-class hospitality, entertainment and accommodation offerings.
WA Bike Month 2020

Record $50,000 boost for WA Bike Month events across the State

Sep 8, 2020
WA Bike Month is gearing up to be bigger and better than ever, with a record $50,000 in grants awarded to support 50 events to encourage people of all ages and abilities to give cycling a go.
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Aboriginal name for new WA Museum, ballot for tickets opens today

Sep 7, 2020
The spectacular new WA Museum in the Perth Cultural Centre has added an Aboriginal name — WA Museum Boola Bardip. Boola Bardip means 'many stories' in Noongar language.
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Targeted funding program to benefit Tambellup and Albany projects

Sep 1, 2020
A new after-school program for Aboriginal youth in the Great Southern town of Tambellup will receive funding for a co-ordinator thanks to a State Government funding program.
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Targeted funding to benefit community sport and recreation projects

Sep 1, 2020
Community sport and recreation projects are set to receive $100,000 under the State Government's Targeted Participation Program.
Children making puppets at Claremont Christmas Event, 2014. Facilitated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

Sep 1, 2020
Applications are now open to the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions

Aug 31, 2020
Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry.
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Pilbara banned drinkers register trial to launch in December

Aug 24, 2020
The State Government's trial of a banned drinkers register (BDR) in the Pilbara region will launch on December 1 following the appointment of a Western Australian company to deliver the program.
A general view of play during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Optus Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Optus Stadium reaches 100th event milestone

Aug 23, 2020
Optus Stadium will welcome its 100th major event since its grand opening in January 2018, when the West Coast Eagles take on GWS Giants today (August 23).
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Sporting club grants shaping healthier community venues

Aug 21, 2020
Applications have opened for Healthway's Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program.
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WA local governments join the National Redress Scheme

Aug 19, 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman has today commended all 137 Western Australian local governments for joining the National Redress Scheme to recognise the harm suffered by survivors of historical child sexual abuse.
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State Government issues casting call for film studio in Perth

Aug 19, 2020
The State Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia.
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Electors’ special meetings during COVID-19

Aug 19, 2020

Ministerial Circular 5 2020

As you are aware, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 was passed by Parliament on 16 April 2020 and came into effect on 21 April 2020.
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Governance update — Engaging with the Community

Aug 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for local governments and their communities but it has also highlighted the innovative ways local governments are working to produce the best outcomes for their communities.
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Get to know Gordon MacMile

Aug 18, 2020
Newly appointed Acting Executive Director Local Government.
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WA getting back on track with $5.5 billion Recovery Plan

Aug 18, 2020
The State Government released the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan in late July, which included huge investments in infrastructure, schools, TAFE and community facilities.
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Western Australian filmmakers to bring our stories to life

Aug 18, 2020
Applications opened today for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to access grants to make short films bringing stories from the State Library of Western Australia to life.
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Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth

Aug 13, 2020

Ministerial Circular 4 2020

As you are aware, I appointed an Inquiry Panel on 2 March 2018 to conduct an inquiry into the ability of the City of Perth (the City) to provide for the good governance of the people in the City.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

Creative programmers sought for WA’s spectacular new Museum

Aug 13, 2020
The State Government is calling for proposals from a range of businesses to deliver dynamic visitor experiences within the new Western Australian Museum.
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Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic rides into its 95th year

Aug 13, 2020
Western Australia's premier road race and one of Australia's road cycling classics, the Collie to Donnybrook and Return Cycling Classic, will take place this Saturday August 15.
2020 Awesome Festival: International Arts Festival for bright young things

2020 AWESOME Festival to delight young and old

Aug 12, 2020
The AWESOME Arts Festival will once again delight audiences young and old, when it is presented at the Perth Cultural Centre during the next school holidays in spring.
City of Perth

City of Perth report a wakeup call for local government: Minister

Aug 11, 2020
The final report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth was today tabled in State Parliament, outlining a litany of dysfunction, poor governance, factionalism, and fertile ground for greed, incompetence and mismanagement.
Combat Sports Commission portal

Combat sports process streamlined with launch of online portal

Aug 10, 2020
Participants in Western Australia's combat sports industry can now collect and view all their details in one place while maintaining the highest privacy and security protections, thanks to a new portal developed by the Combat Sports Commission.
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DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

Aug 6, 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Survey results show local governments pivotal in COVID-19 recovery

Aug 6, 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman today launched the results of an online COVID-19 survey which mapped community wellbeing and resilience levels across WA.
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Massive $76 million recovery package to support culture and arts in WA

Aug 6, 2020
Western Australia's iconic Perth Concert Hall is set to receive a $30 million upgrade and investment over the next three years as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
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Major upgrades at Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct as part of WA Recovery Plan

Aug 5, 2020
Donnybrook is set for a big upgrade of its sport facilities as part of the State Government's WA Recovery Plan.
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Report reveals roadmap to local government reform

Aug 4, 2020

LG Alert

Local Government Minister David Templeman today released an expert report which outlines recommendations to guide the development of a new Local Government Act for WA.
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