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Minister Paul Papalia MLA at a liquor store

Trial of Banned Drinkers Register in the Pilbara begins today

Dec 1, 2020
The State Government's Banned Drinkers Register trial in the Pilbara region has begun today.

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Funding to reignite WA theatre activity

Nov 5, 2020
Perth will be buzzing with new local theatre next year thanks to funding for three upcoming productions through the Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
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Funding provides opportunities to Great Southern theatre artists

Nov 5, 2020
A satirical musical theatre piece will be presented at the recently renovated Albany Town Hall, thanks to funding from the State Government's Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative (WATDI).
The new camera at WAIS

New underwater camera system to boost WAIS Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls

Nov 4, 2020
Western Australia's elite swimmers will benefit from a new state-of-the-art above water/underwater multi-camera motion analysis system installed at HBF Stadium.
A coach watching her players

Regional volunteer coaches and officials get up to $1000 for training expenses

Nov 4, 2020
Applications are now open for volunteer coaches and officials in regional Western Australia to receive up to $1000 to support skill development and accreditation.
A person swimming at a local swimming pool

Recovery continues as clubs net $1.23 million in infrastructure funding

Nov 3, 2020
Thirty sport and recreation facilities to get $1.23 million to improve community infrastructure
Mater Dei College students, 2018

PALS program promotes reconciliation in WA classrooms

Oct 29, 2020
Schools across Western Australia will continue to create projects next year that promote and advance reconciliation in their local community through the Partnership, Acceptance, Learning and Sharing (PALS) program.
Minister Mick Murray with people at the Broome basketball courts

Hot Kimberley sun a barrier no more for Broome basketballers and netballers

Oct 28, 2020
Kimberley residents and visitors can now enjoy weatherproof court facilities at the Broome Recreation and Aquatic Centre (BRAC) following a $1.94 million upgrade to boost local participation in grassroots sports.
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State Government contributes $85,000 to enrich country sport

Oct 21, 2020
Six regional sport initiatives to receive funding through Country Sport Enrichment Scheme.
Minister Mick Murray and Amber Jade Sanderson MLA, Member for Morley with kids from Camboon Little Athletics Clubs

24,500 more kids can bounce back to sport thanks to Lotterywest

Oct 20, 2020
The State Government has launched the new Back to Sport program, with grants available for families and sports clubs to re-engage in sport as Western Australia continues its recovery from COVID-19.
Theatre audience

New exemptions introduced to continue WA’s strong recovery

Oct 19, 2020
On the advice of the Chief Health Officer, the State Government will extend Phase 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap but will now allow exemptions to the 2 square metre rule at selected venues to continue Western Australia's economic recovery and keep WA safe and strong.
Referees at the Broome Basketball Carnival, 9,10, 11 Oct 2020

Kimberley athletes among those to benefit from community sporting grants

Oct 13, 2020
Five Kimberley sporting groups are among 17 groups receiving funds under the latest rounds of the Active Regional Communities grants program and the North West Travel Subsidy initiative.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grant program to support connection to Country

Oct 12, 2020
A grant program opening soon will support Western Australian Aboriginal people and organisations to undertake trips to renew links between community, Country and culture.
A person swimming at a local swimming pool

Grants open for WA sport and recreation industry to support club development

Oct 12, 2020
The State Government has committed $600,000 of funding per year for two years to support club development.
East Pilbara Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of the Shire of East Pilbara.

Landmark project to map Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement

Oct 8, 2020
A new landmark project will map the Pilbara Aboriginal art movement for the first time, providing insight into the development of the region's unique Aboriginal art, artists and art centres.
Norman Tindale Collection cover showing an old photograph

New online resource helps trace Aboriginal family histories

Sep 25, 2020
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt today launched the Norman Tindale Collection which includes genealogical information and photographs from Aboriginal communities throughout Australia.
Live audience

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.
A group of people with media around desk with item from the collection

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).
Perth Skyline from Cable-stayed pedestrian bridge - stock photo

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.
A group of people outside of the new WA Museum

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.
A person swimming at a local swimming pool

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.
Red dirt road in Western Australia

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).
Girls from Kununurra Netball Association travelling to Broome

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.
Movie camera dolly on tracks

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.
Old camera and photographs on a timber table

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.
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.
Cycling race

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.
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.
Perth Concert Hall during Storm. Image credit Brad Martin.

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.
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.
Apex Reserve, Mount Pleasant

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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