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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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Three-year funding arrangement secured for regional athlete development

7 Jul 2021
The State Government will continue to support the Regional Athlete Support Program (RASP), with $3 million of funding delivered over three years through Royalties for Regions.
An artist in his studio

Four regional artists receive sought-after fellowships

5 Jul 2021
Each receive $50,000 over two years from the Regional Artist Fellowship program.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Tickets on sale for historic Ashes Test at Perth Stadium

5 Jul 2021
Cricket fans can secure their seat to witness cricket history, with tickets to go on sale today for the first Ashes Test to be played at Perth Stadium.
Perth and Peel transition out of lockdown: interim restrictions apply

End of lockdown for Perth and Peel from 12:01am, Saturday 3 July

2 Jul 2021
Interim restrictions are in effect until 12.01am, Tuesday 6 July.
Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags

Flying of flags for NAIDOC Week 4 to 11 July 2021

2 Jul 2021

LG Alert

Flying the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags throughout NAIDOC Week is a sign of national respect for Indigenous Australians.
Workers at a casino

Improving occupational recognition across the nation

2 Jul 2021
A new national Automatic Mutual Recognition (AMR) of Occupational Registration scheme will be in place for a limited number of occupations in New South Wales, Victoria, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory from 1 July, 2021.
A game of hockey in the Wheatelt

Wheatbelt winter sports work together

1 Jul 2021
Hockey, football and netball clubs and associations in the eastern Wheatbelt have been working together this year, to trial three feature rounds where all three winter sports are played on the same day, at the same venue.
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West Australian Music appoints new CEO

30 Jun 2021
The announcement of a new CEO at West Australian Music and an extension to the Contemporary Music Fund heralds an exciting new era for WA's vibrant contemporary music scene.
Lockdown: Perth and Peel

Lockdown: Perth and Peel

29 Jun 2021
Perth and Peel has entered a minimum four-day lockdown from 12.01am, Tuesday 29 June 2021 until 12.01am, Saturday 3 July 2021.
A stage setup for live performance.

New program to get the show back on the road

29 Jun 2021
A new shared risk program to reactivate live performances and touring activity is opening soon, creating more opportunities for employment and venue activation in the arts industry, building on recent announcements about increased capacity limits for arts venues.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Arts and Culture Trust Bill reintroduced

24 Jun 2021
The Arts and Culture Trust Bill has been reintroduced to State Parliament.
Fabian Coulthard drives the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during race 1 for the Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia

Supercars tickets a licence to thrill motorsport fans

23 Jun 2021
All the thrills and spills of Perth's Supercars Championship night round is a step closer for fans, with tickets on sale from 10am today AWST, through Ticketek, to the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight at Wanneroo Raceway.
FRINGE Central. Photo: Cam Campbell

Live events risk-share program expanded

22 Jun 2021
The successful Getting the Show back on the Road risk-share program has been expanded.
Gravestones on a grassy field

Department undertaking Cemeteries and Cremation Acts Review

21 Jun 2021
The department is seeking the views and expertise of local governments with cemetery responsibilities to find out more about their experience of cemetery management.
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Planning changes to reduce red tape

21 Jun 2021
Opinion from the local government sector is being sought on reform to support changes in the planning system.
Joondalup CEO James Pearson in front of a car park

Spotlight on City of Joondalup with CEO James Pearson

21 Jun 2021
James Pearson has taken the helm as CEO of the City of Joondalup at an interesting time.
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Spotlight on: CEO Andrea Selvey, Shire of Carnarvon

21 Jun 2021
Andrea Selvey is the CEO of the Shire of Carnarvon, situated about 904km north of Perth on the west coast.
Australian outback bush fires

Regional local governments invited to take action on climate change

21 Jun 2021
Regional local governments are being invited to submit a proposal to join forces with neighbouring governments to address the effects of climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Sunrise at Busselton Jetty, Busselton, Western Australia

What’s in a name?

21 Jun 2021
In the 150th year of WA local government, Dr Christopher Berry talks about local government names and where they originate.
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Recipients of the INSPIRE Writer in Residence initiative 2021

18 Jun 2021
Now in its second year, INSPIRE offers five emerging or established Western Australian writers $5000 each and a residency for up to 15 days in a National Trust heritage place.
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2020 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards shortlists announced

17 Jun 2021
Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards.
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State Sporting Associations winners in latest funding round

16 Jun 2021
Today, 17 Western Australian State Sporting Associations (SSAs) have been given a major boost, as successful applicants for round two of the 2021 Sport Development Fund.
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Lights, camera, action for South West CinefestOZ festival funding

14 Jun 2021
More than 2000 visitors are expected to join the excitement of the 2021 CinefestOZ Film Festival when it kicks off in the South West from 25 to 29 August.
A dance performer on stage

WA dance company recognised on national stage

11 Jun 2021
WA Aboriginal arts organisation Marrugeku has been recognised for its significant contribution to the performing arts as a new entrant in the National Performing Arts Partnership (NPAP).
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.
Roll up for WA banner graphics and images of people who have had a vaccine

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.
Interior of an art gallery with displays of art pieces.

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.
Shot of performers on stage with lights in the background

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.
A bush track

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.
WA State Parliament

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.
Local government councillors

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.
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