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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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Minister Mick Murray, Shire of Donnybrook Balingup CEO and president holding sports equipment on the Donnybrook and Districts Sporting and Recreation Precinct

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

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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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Facelift for Mount Pleasant foreshore

Aug 4, 2020
The State Government has today announced the completion of vital construction works to combat erosion at Apex Reserve, on the Canning River Foreshore in Mount Pleasant.
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COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

Aug 4, 2020
The department is conducting a targeted survey to assess COVID-19 impacts on employment and revenue in the creative industries in Western Australia.
Basketball players at the Bendat Basketball Centre

Game on! Unprecedented $300 million investment in sport and community infrastructure

Aug 3, 2020
The State Government has announced one of the most significant investments in sport and community infrastructure in Western Australian history, with a $300 million package as part of the WA Recovery Plan.
Western Australian Museum night view. Photo by Peter Bennett.

New Western Australian Museum to open on 21 November 2020

Jul 24, 2020
The spectacular new Western Australian Museum will open in the Perth Cultural Centre on Saturday November 21, 2020 with a nine-day festival expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.
Wide angle interior photo of the Speeddome

State Government continues to enhance world-class facilities for our athletes

Jul 24, 2020
The State Government has committed to providing and enhancing its world-class sporting facilities for Western Australians after the SpeedDome received a vast improvement to its facilities.
Audience Outlook Monitor: Phase Two July 2020

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor — Phase 2 report out now

Jul 22, 2020
Results from the second phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
Perth Motorplex at dusk

Start your engines: Racing to resume at Perth Motorplex

Jul 22, 2020
The roar of dragsters and speedway cars will once again be heard at Perth Motorplex come October.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

Jul 21, 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
Esperance stadium opening

Esperance’s $7.8 million indoor stadium up and running

Jul 21, 2020
Esperance's new $7.8 million indoor sports stadium was officially opened today and is ready for the start of the winter netball season this weekend.
Artist's impression of the Art Gallery of Western Australia rooftop.

Art Gallery rooftop project to feature giant Aboriginal artwork

Jul 20, 2020
The State Government has today announced the successful contractor tasked with transforming the Art Gallery of WA's (AGWA) rooftop into a multi-use gallery space and rooftop venue over the next six months.
State Government support to culture and the arts during COVID-19. Information is included below.

State Government COVID-19 response $23.4 million for culture and the arts in Western Australia

Jul 8, 2020
The State Government has responded to the needs of the culture and the arts sector in Western Australia, providing $23.4 million in funding and support as part of COVID-19 responses.
Silhouette photo of a young ballet dancer dressed in a long peach dress, pointe shoes with ribbons.

Big boost for WA arts, sport and community sectors seeking relief

Jul 6, 2020
The State Government, through Lotterywest, has provided the biggest agenda of grants — in number and value-making up more than $47.5 million in crucial funding to the Western Australian community.
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A fairer play for elite athletes with new training arrangements

Jul 3, 2020
The State Government has opened up new career opportunities for Western Australian elite athletes after reducing the minimum hours required to undertake an apprenticeship or traineeship.
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Payment methods

Jul 2, 2020

LG Alert

Amendments have been made to the Caravan Parks and Camping Grounds Regulations 1997, the Cat Regulations 2012, and the Dog Regulations 2013.
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Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

Jul 2, 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 4 Easing of Restrictions, introduced on 27 June and removing existing gathering limits.
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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.
Red dirt road in Western Australia

$1 million program to rekindle regional arts

Jul 1, 2020
A new $1 million grant program will provide vital funding to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.
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MyCouncil website keeps ratepayers and residents up to date on how their councils manage their money

Jul 1, 2020
Ratepayers and residents throughout Western Australia will be able to keep an eye on how their councils are performing, thanks to the latest figures provided on the State Government's MyCouncil website.
WA Unlocked Perth at HBF Stadium 18 July 2020

Western Australia to host nation’s first post COVID-19 live music event

Jun 30, 2020
Live music in Western Australia is officially back with the announcement that up to 4000 fans will be able to support popular local bands on Saturday July 18, the day WA celebrates the lifting of all COVID-19 crowd restrictions.
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The Inquiry into the City of Perth concludes

Jun 30, 2020
The Inquiry into the City of Perth has ended and its report — with more than 250 findings and more than 300 recommendations — delivered to the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Templeman MLA.
Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Phase 4 Factsheet

Community Sport and Active Recreation COVID-19 Phase 4 Factsheet

Jun 26, 2020
Sport and active recreation plays an important role in community development, connectiveness, physical and mental health.
MyCouncil website

MyCouncil website: 2018-19 data now available

Jun 26, 2020

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Local government demographic, geographic and financial data for 2018-19 is now available on the MyCouncil website.
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MARKYT Community Resilience Scorecard

Jun 26, 2020

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Local governments encouraged to promote the MARKTY Community Resilience Scorecard study to local communities, open until 3 July 2020.
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WATC Financial Sustainability Modelling

Jun 26, 2020

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Western Australian Treasury Corporation (WATC) has developed a financial model to help local governments evaluate their solvency and sustainability.
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Governance update

Jun 26, 2020

LG Alert

The impacts of the current COVID-19 pandemic have been felt by everyone.
Aboriginal children at Moore River Settlement Church, courtesy of the AHWA collection. Aboriginal viewers are advised that the above photograph may contain images of people who have died.

The Journey of Health and Wellbeing

Jun 26, 2020

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The Journey of Health and Wellbeing is a 10-minute animation that shows how events of the past play out in the present and offers a framework of hope and equity.
Stock image of a basketball on a court. Getty Images.

Local governments share in $1.75 million infrastructure grants

Jun 26, 2020

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Local governments around Western Australia are to share $1.75m to help fund 27 sport and recreation infrastructure projects to support their communities.
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Share ideas — iThink for WA’s recovery

Jun 26, 2020

LG Alert

Western Australians are encouraged to share their ideas on the State’s recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic through the iThink (WA Public Sector), an online ideas community, now also open to the general public.
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Remote Aboriginal communities

Jun 26, 2020

LG Alert

Travel update
Aboriginal children at Moore River Settlement Church, courtesy of the AHWA collection.

Aboriginal History WA helping Western Australians unlock their Aboriginal ancestry

Jun 26, 2020

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The important work of the department’s Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) unit was recognised during National Reconciliation Week.
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CEO profile: Kwinana

Jun 26, 2020

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“Home to some of the State’s major industrial facilities”
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WA Hiking Strategy to sustain boom in bushwalking and trail running

Jun 24, 2020
The State Government has released a 10-year WA Hiking Strategy to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way.
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Funding to give abandoned pets a brighter future

Jun 23, 2020
$600,000 in 2019-20 State Budget to support six companion animal shelters over three years.
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Partnership to support healthy active communities in the Kimberley

Jun 18, 2020
Children and young people from 37 Kimberley communities are to benefit from $400,000 provided to encourage sporting and other activities under the Smarter Than Smoking Active Communities Program.
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