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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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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.
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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.
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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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Grants continue recovery of WA’s arts and culture sector

23 Mar 2021
WA’s vibrant arts and culture sector continues to receive support from the State Government, with 17 projects representing a variety of disciplines sharing in more than $709,000 from two grants programs.
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New funding program seeks innovative ideas to get people moving

1 Feb 2021
A new $750,000 funding program has been announced to support innovative projects that encourage physical activity.

Local clubs share in State Government support

28 Jan 2021
The State Government has committed more than $1 million of funding to 27 projects supporting club development.
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Regional festivals receive funding boost

28 Jan 2021
A writers' festival in Geraldton, community sculpture in Esperance, and a series of astro-photography activities in Mount Magnet are some of the vibrant initiatives receiving funding from the latest round of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund.
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New funding round for community sport and recreation facilities

20 Jan 2021
The next Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants round will open on 1 February 2021.
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Banned Drinkers Register to be trialled in the Kimberley

6 Jan 2021
The Kimberley is the next Western Australian region set to benefit from the State Government's trial of a nearly $1 million Banned Drinkers Register (BDR) expected to start this May.

SportWest baton passed to Matt Fulton

24 Dec 2020
Matt Fulton has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer of SportWest.

Local firm to develop Perth Cultural Centre masterplan

23 Dec 2020
Western Australia is one step closer to a revitalised Perth Cultural Centre, with the contract for the masterplan awarded to Perth architectural firm Taylor Robinson Chaney Broderick.

Record investment in women’s sporting facilities under State Government

23 Dec 2020
The State Government's female friendly facilities initiative continues to encourage greater female participation in sport, with a record investment in women's sport. More than $3 million has been allocated to infrastructure projects which include new and upgraded change rooms that are suitable for women.

Recovery continues with fast-tracked community sports grants

23 Dec 2020
The McGowan Government has given sport and active recreation infrastructure projects in regional Western Australia a $5.5 million funding boost, supporting WA's COVID-19 recovery and creating jobs.
FRINGE WORLD Festival. Photo by Jason Matz.

Get ready to binge on FRINGE, as tickets go on sale today

12 Nov 2020
It is almost that time of year, FRINGE WORLD 2021 is coming and is set to be a bonanza of Western Australian creative and artistic talent.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2020

6 Nov 2020

Departmental Circular 13 2020

The Local Government Regulations Amendment Regulations (No.2) 2020 (previously named the Local Government Regulations Amendments (Consequential) Regulations 2020) have been published in the Government Gazette today (6 November 2020).
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Funding to reignite WA theatre activity

5 Nov 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

5 Nov 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).
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Updates to the COVID Event Plans process for high risk events

2 Nov 2020
Event organisers and local governments should be aware of the following important information regarding submission of high risk COVID Event Plans to the Department of Health, including mandatory cut-off dates for those events occurring in December and January.
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PALS program promotes reconciliation in WA classrooms

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

28 Oct 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.
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

20 Oct 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.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA Phase 3 report out now

16 Oct 2020
The final report is now available, showing how Western Australian audiences felt in September 2020 about attending arts events again, compared to earlier in the year.
Mowanjum Festival 2011 at Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre. Photo by Matthew Scurfield.

Grant program to support connection to Country

12 Oct 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.
East Pilbara Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of the Shire of East Pilbara.

Landmark project to map Pilbara’s Aboriginal art movement

8 Oct 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.
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Local government input required — Graffiti Vandalism Strategy

6 Oct 2020

Departmental Circular 11 2020

On behalf of the State Graffiti Taskforce, all local governments are urged to complete the reporting form to help make an accurate assessment of the cost of managing graffiti vandalism in Western Australia.
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Local Government ACROD Parking Accessibility Review Survey

2 Oct 2020

Departmental Circular 10 2020

Amendments to the Local Government (Parking for People with Disabilities) Regulations 2014 (Regulations) came into effect on 25 April 2020.
‘Tiger Tale’ by Barrowland Ballet (Scotland), 2016 AWESOME Festival. Photo by James Campbell.

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program Collaboration category

1 Oct 2020
Applications are now open to the Collaboration category of the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
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Local Government Regulations Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulations 2020

29 Sep 2020

Departmental Circular 9 2020

I write to inform you of changes to infringement notices prescribed in legislation enforced by WA local governments.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – Phase 3 report out now

22 Sep 2020
National results from the third phase of the COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor are now available.
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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

18 Sep 2020

LG Alert

Local governments may be aware that the department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.
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COVID Event Guidelines and Plans to enable for more events in WA

18 Sep 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.
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Universal Council Member Training

18 Sep 2020

Departmental Circular 7 2020

The Local Government Amendment Act 2019 has introduced the requirement for all council members to undertake Council Member Essentials training within the first 12 months of being elected.
Performers at the Nannup Music Festival 30th anniversary parade, 2019. Picture by Giselle Natassia.

Grant programs to reignite regional arts and cultural activity

16 Sep 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).
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Arts and Culture Monitor 2020

11 Sep 2020
The Arts and Culture Monitor is an annual independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts. The 2020 report shows strong public support for the value of the State’s culture and arts activities.
Children making puppets at Claremont Christmas Event, 2014. Facilitated by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre. Photo by Jessica Wyld

Now open — Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program

1 Sep 2020
Applications are now open to the DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program.
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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions

31 Aug 2020
Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry.
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