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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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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.
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.
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.
Portrait smiling young female carpentry trainee leaning on workbench with power tools at illuminated workshop - stock photo

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.
art gallery visitors looking at paintings

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.
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

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.
Outdoor movie set on the beach

Continued investment into regional film production

Jun 16, 2020
Screen production in Western Australia's spectacular regions has received a $16 million investment over the next four years through the State Government.
Football training

Kick off time for State Football Centre

Jun 15, 2020
The State Government will invest $16.25 million to build a State Football Centre to serve the growing football community of Western Australia.
View of the Albany Entertainment Centre exterior at dawn. Photo by Alison Paine.

The lights go up at Albany Entertainment Centre

Jun 10, 2020
The Albany Entertainment Centre (AEC) will reopen to audiences on June 18 with the first of the Harbourside Concert Series, known locally as Harbourside.
An old model of a Radiola transistor radio

New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live

Jun 10, 2020
Collections WA is live.
State Records Office of Western Australia Retro Maps website Homepage image

Online resource brings past to the fore

Jun 8, 2020
A new online resource has been released today that allows over 2000 historical survey plans of the Perth metropolitan area to be viewed and downloaded from a modern mapping interface.
Bungle Bungles rock formations in the Purnululu National Park, Kimberley

Sounds of the Kimberley heard around the world

Jun 3, 2020
A compilation playlist produced on Country has been broadcast and streamed to over 20 countries around the world.
Aboriginal children at Moore River Settlement Church, courtesy of the AHWA collection.

Aboriginal History WA helping Western Australians unlock their Aboriginal ancestry

Jun 3, 2020
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt is encouraging Western Australians to use the services of Aboriginal History WA (AHWA) to learn about their Aboriginal ancestry, after gaining access to his own family records.
Aerial view of the Western Australian Museum from James Street.

New jobs on offer at the New Museum

Jun 3, 2020
The New Museum for Western Australia is on track to open in the Perth Cultural Centre in November 2020, and there are up to 30 new permanent positions advertised for frontline Visitor Services staff, plus a pool of casual staff.
Rottnest Island Lighthouse on top of the steps from the beach.

State Government commences historic Rottnest Island Wadjemup Project

Jun 2, 2020
A project to reconcile the history of Aboriginal people's imprisonment at Rottnest Island is one step closer, with the development of a cultural authority process to lead State-wide Aboriginal community engagement.
Illustration of stages along a road

Phase 3 of COVID-19 roadmap to commence from Saturday, June 6

Jun 2, 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 of the roadmap to ease COVID-19 restrictions in WA, with significant changes coming into effect from Saturday, June 6.
Documents hard copy files

Town of Cambridge issued with show cause notice

May 26, 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman today issued the Town of Cambridge with a show cause notice asking why the local government should not be suspended for up to six months and require council members to undertake governance training.
State Library of Western Australia building exterior

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.
Local Government Act changes

Local Government Act changes to support COVID-19 response

Apr 15, 2020
The State Government will today introduce legislation to support local governments as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

Inquiry into the City of Perth completes public hearings

Oct 10, 2019
The Inquiry into the City of Perth has today completed a marathon 40 days of public hearings.
 Alastair Clarkson of the Hawks is interviewed by Dennis Cometti before the round 17 AFL match

The voice of football inducted into sport’s Hall of Fame

Sep 25, 2019
Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has congratulated legendary sports commentator Dennis Cometti AM on his imminent induction into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
Minister Murray welcomes the Boomers and the Canadian team to Perth at Bendat Basketball Centre.

Boomers and Canada set to clash as WA’s biggest-ever winter of sport rolls on

Aug 13, 2019
The Australian Boomers' NBA superstars have touched down in Perth for two clashes against Team Canada at RAC Arena this weekend as part of preparations for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
A general view of play during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at HBF Park on June 19, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

State Government secures another NRL team to call Perth home

Aug 6, 2019
Reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters will become the latest NRL club to make Perth their temporary home, with the rugby league powerhouse set to play three matches at HBF Park from 2020-22.
The Bulldogs and Storm players form a huddle in memory of Steve Folkes during the round one NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Melbourne Storm at Perth Stadium on March 10, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

State Government secures more NRL for Perth on the back of State of Origin success

Jul 23, 2019
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will make Perth's HBF Park their temporary home for three matches over three seasons following the sell-out success of the recent State of Origin II match.
Minister Templeman wear VR goggles.

‘Game on’ at VR festival these school holidays

Jul 8, 2019
It is 'game on' these school holidays with Western Australia's first ever virtual reality festival kicking off today (July 6).
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

Inquiry into the City of Perth prepares for first public examinations

Jun 29, 2019
The Inquiry into the City of Perth is preparing for its first public examinations of witnesses, scheduled to commence in early August.
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

Inquiry Into the City of Perth Hearing

Nov 21, 2018
The Inquiry Into the City of Perth will be addressing serious concerns about the culture of the City of Perth, including the reported fractious relationship between elected members and the administration — and is now calling on the community to assist.
Downtown Perth city skyline at twilight in Western Australia, Australia. - stock photo

Inquiry into the City of Perth seeks submissions

Jun 29, 2018
The Minister for Local Government, the Hon. David Templeman MLA, following his suspension of the Perth City Council, announced the appointment of highly experienced Barrister Anthony (Tony) Power to conduct the formal Inquiry into the City of Perth.
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