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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.

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State Library reopens - Welcome home

May 18, 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has today (May 18) reopened its doors to the public after being closed for 56 days.
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COVID-19 Easing of restrictions – Further information for Public Libraries

May 15, 2020
The State Government has announced the easing of restrictions (phase 2) commencing Monday, 18 May 2020.

Council meetings

May 15, 2020
The Premier has announced that from 18 May gatherings of 20 people will be permitted. What does this mean for council meetings?
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Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 - Kimberley region

May 15, 2020
In response to a number of submissions requesting that the previously imposed restrictions be reinstated in the Kimberley region and in consultation with the Commissioner of Police, the Director of Liquor Licensing has published a notice under section 31 of the Liquor Control Act 1988 in the Government Gazette which imposes restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor across the Kimberley.
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Local government sector urged to take leadership role

May 12, 2020
The local government sector has a key role to play in the Phase 2 easing of restrictions and in helping communities get back on their feet and the economy back on track.
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WA’s roadmap for easing COVID-19 restrictions

May 11, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan yesterday announced a series of changes as part of Phase 2 of the WA roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
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Budget process

Apr 30, 2020
The Minister for Local Government is intending to make an Order using the new COVID-19 Response powers.
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Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

Apr 21, 2020
On 20 April 2020, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 received Royal Assent.
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Restrictions on the number of people at funerals

Apr 15, 2020
The State Government recently introduced new provisions to restrict the number of people who could attend a funeral in WA.
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Funding to continue support for regional arts community

Apr 9, 2020
The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.
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$159m COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide crisis support

Mar 30, 2020
Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have today established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
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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.
Page reviewed 30 July 2019