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Publications promote richness of shared history

Jun 3, 2022
Two publications launched during Reconciliation Week are connecting people to their Aboriginal history and celebrating the richness of Western Australia’s shared history.

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Two dancers in a field, one standing holding a painted branch, the other one jumping in mid-air.

Six performances hit the road for regional WA

20 Sep 2022
The Playing WA 2021-2022 second funding round has provided more than $564,000 to support six performances, ranging from an original comedic cabaret, to singing and yarning concerts, allowing these shows to reach new audiences in regional Western Australia.
A hand inside smoke emanating from a smoking ceremony container burning bush plants.

Arts grant program record broken as $830,000 goes to 17 applicants

5 Jul 2022
Seventeen Western Australian artists and organisations will share in $830,000 in funding through the latest round of the State Government's Arts 15k-plus grants program.
Historical Agricultural and Pastoral Leases

Publications promote richness of shared history

3 Jun 2022
Two publications launched during Reconciliation Week are connecting people to their Aboriginal history and celebrating the richness of Western Australia’s shared history.
Close up photo of a microphone in a recording studio

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

24 May 2022
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
State Cultural Treasures Awards 2022

Prestigious WA arts and culture award calls for public nominations

8 Mar 2022
The State Government is proud to bestow the State Cultural Treasures Awards (formerly State Living Treasures) in 2022.
Two female dancers performing in traditional clothing

$700,000 to improve social inclusion and access to arts and culture in regional communities

17 Feb 2022
Nine regional arts and cultural organisations have been funded by the Community Participation and Inclusion Program, which is part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
A speaker addressing workshop participants

Four regional shires funded to develop or implement creative and cultural plans

16 Feb 2022
The Shires of Pingelly, Harvey, Augusta-Margaret River and Morawa have each been awarded between $25,000 and $50,000 as part of the State Government's $20 million four-year Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
Smoking ceremony

Eight regional festivals to bring together communities across the State

16 Feb 2022
The Regional and Remote Festivals Fund offers up to $50,000 for the presentation of arts and cultural activities at regional festivals.
Local Government Act changes

Industrial relations reform for local governments

13 Jan 2022

LG Alert

The Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 was passed by the WA Parliament on 16 December 2021.
Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

Arts and Culture Monitor 2021

26 Oct 2021
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong public support for the value of the State’s arts and culture activities.

Local governments lace up

24 Sep 2021
Event preparations are well underway across WA for the State's historic AFL Grand Final celebrations on Saturday — in particular, at the City of Perth and Town of Victoria Park.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

New laws pave the way for screen production facility management

3 Sep 2021
New laws to create a statutory authority capable of managing all arts and cultural assets in Western Australia have passed the State Parliament.
Two Indian female dancers dressed in traditional costumes dancing on the bank of a river.

Grants programs supporting regional culture and arts

19 Jul 2021
The State Government will open three culture and arts grants programs on July 27, 2021 as part of the Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP), providing a funding boost to regional Western Australia's vibrant culture and arts sector.

Funding supports sustainable, resilient clubs

14 Jul 2021
$232,000 awarded in 2021-22 round of Every Club grant scheme. Funding supports sport and recreation clubs to build their organisational capacity and capability of governance, planning and management practices
Matt Wearn,  image courtesy of Western Australian Institute of Sport

51 of WA’s best athletes to represent Australia at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

12 Jul 2021
Western Australia will have its second highest representation on the Australian Olympic Team, with 51 athletes competing at the upcoming Tokyo Games.
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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.
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.
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.
A puppy sitting and leaning to one side

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.

Comment sought on planning reforms

28 May 2021

LG Alert

Local governments are being invited to comment on the next phase of reforms to streamline the planning system and reduce red tape.

Changes to application deadlines for some culture and the arts grants

25 May 2021
There are some important dates to remember if you’re planning to apply to some of the department’s culture and the arts grant programs.
The Alternative Archive exhibition

The Alternative Archive gives unique insight into local voices

14 May 2021
Diverse artistic voices from across the State are being celebrated with the opening of The Alternative Archive survey exhibition in Perth.
Hand picking a bottle of wine up from shelf

Restrictions on the sale of packaged liquor due to COVID-19 — Kimberley region

11 May 2021
The Director of Liquor Licensing has reviewed the previous restrictions on liquor purchases in the Kimberley put in place to support measures taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Innovation Vouchers Program 2021

Call out to the creative industries – Innovation Vouchers now available

3 May 2021
The Innovation Vouchers Program 2021 assists start-ups and small businesses (including the creative industries) to commercialise their ideas and innovations and expand to create jobs.
Naturalisation ceremony at the Northam Town Hall, 1955  SLWA BA1728/165

150 years of local government in WA

19 Apr 2021
This year marks 150 years since a system of local government was introduced in Western Australia.
ASW Bunbury Melo Velo, Makers and co, Lighthouse 5

Bunbury plugs into e-waste solution

19 Apr 2021
The City of Bunbury is one of three local governments to receive State Government funding from the WasteSorted e-Waste grants program.

Spotlight on the Shire of Mingenew

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Mingenew is about 100km south-east of Geraldton, covering about 2000 square kilometres.
Cottesloe council members inspecting their new rubbish tip truck, 1950.

Roads, rubbish, rates and a hat pin panic

19 Apr 2021
Continuing Local Matters’ acknowledgement of 150 years of local government in WA, here are some lesser known facts about local governments from Dr Chris Berry.
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Program eases pressure on local small business

19 Apr 2021
The cities of Melville, Rockingham and Wanneroo are the first group of councils selected to take part in the Small Business Friendly Approvals Program.
Amanda O'Halloran, CEO Shire of Derby West Kimberley

Spotlight on CEO Amanda O’Halloran, Shire of Derby West Kimberley

19 Apr 2021
Amanda O’Halloran’s career as local government Chief Executive Officer has taken her from one of the smallest in size — the Shire of Wandering — to one of the largest, the Shire of Derby West Kimberley, at more than 104,000 square kilometres.
OMI Multicultural Award winners 2021

Awards showcase champions of multiculturalism

19 Apr 2021
The Shire of Katanning has been recognised for its outstanding contribution towards multiculturalism at the Western Australian Multicultural Awards 2021.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – March 2021 results out now

16 Apr 2021
After months of low COVID-19 cases, Western Australians are confident returning to arts and cultural events – and many are making firm plans to do so.
His Majesty's Theatre exterior

Historic balconies at His Majesty’s Theatre to be restored

14 Apr 2021
Visitors to His Majesty's Theatre will soon be able to walk along the balconies and verandahs as part of further upgrades at the historic performing arts venue.
The Cultural Infrastructure Map displayed on a laptop computer screen.

Explore WA’s cultural and creative spaces with the WA Cultural Infrastructure Map

25 Mar 2021
The WA Cultural Infrastructure Map identifies existing cultural and creative spaces across the State.
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