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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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Pilbara banned drinkers register trial to launch in December

24 Aug 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.
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Sporting club grants shaping healthier community venues

21 Aug 2020
Applications have opened for Healthway's Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program.
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State Government issues casting call for film studio in Perth

19 Aug 2020
The State Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia.
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DLGSC and Lotterywest Creative Communities COVID-19 Recovery Program – coming soon

6 Aug 2020
The arts play a significant role in supporting communities to tackle disruption and re-establish local connection, strength and resilience beyond the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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COVID-19 Creative Industries Impact Survey – available now

4 Aug 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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Major sport and entertainment events bring economic boost for WA

21 Jul 2020
Western Australians were treated to a choice of sport and entertainment events last week helping to stimulate the local economy.
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Esperance’s $7.8 million indoor stadium up and running

21 Jul 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

20 Jul 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.
State Government support to culture and the arts during COVID-19. Information is included below.

State Government COVID-19 response $23.4 million for culture and the arts in Western Australia

8 Jul 2020
The State Government has responded to the needs of the culture and the arts sector in Western Australia, providing $23.4 million in funding and support as part of COVID-19 responses.
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Relief fund to support galleries to bounce back

1 Jul 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.
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$1 million program to rekindle regional arts

1 Jul 2020
A new $1 million grant program will provide vital funding to support ongoing creative and cultural activity in Western Australia's regions.
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WA Hiking Strategy to sustain boom in bushwalking and trail running

24 Jun 2020
The State Government has released a 10-year WA Hiking Strategy to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way.
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Funding to give abandoned pets a brighter future

23 Jun 2020
$600,000 in 2019-20 State Budget to support six companion animal shelters over three years.
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Partnership to support healthy active communities in the Kimberley

18 Jun 2020
Children and young people from 37 Kimberley communities are to benefit from $400,000 provided to encourage sporting and other activities under the Smarter Than Smoking Active Communities Program.
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Continued investment into regional film production

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

15 Jun 2020
The State Government will invest $16.25 million to build a State Football Centre to serve the growing football community of Western Australia.
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Culture and the arts online grant system upgrades

11 Jun 2020
The DLGSC culture and the arts online grant system will undergo system maintenance and upgrades later this month. If you’re planning to apply for a grant, there are some important dates to remember.
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The lights go up at Albany Entertainment Centre

10 Jun 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.
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New platform promoting treasures from across WA goes live

10 Jun 2020
Collections WA is live.
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Online resource brings past to the fore

8 Jun 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.
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Easing of restrictions – Council meetings update

5 Jun 2020
The State Government has announced Phase 3 Easing of Restrictions commencing 6 June that will allow gatherings of up to 100 people indoors (while maintaining physical distancing). What does this mean for council meetings?
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Sounds of the Kimberley heard around the world

3 Jun 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

3 Jun 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

3 Jun 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

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

2 Jun 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.
The Pleasure Garden at Fringe World Festival. Photo by Court McAllister.

COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor – WA results

27 May 2020
WA results from the Audience Outlook Monitor are available now, showing how Western Australian audiences feel about attending arts and culture events in the context of the COVID-19.
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'In this together': online National Reconciliation Week celebrations begin this week

26 May 2020
Western Australians are encouraged to join the digital celebration of Reconciliation Week 2020, as COVID-19 reminds us that, more than ever, we are 'In this together'.
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Town of Cambridge issued with show cause notice

26 May 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.
Culture and Arts Minister David Templeman, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt and AGWA Foundation Chair, Warwick Hemsley in the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Support for WA artists through $1.5 million COVID support program

25 May 2020
The State Government has approved a $1.5 million support package, developed by the Art Gallery of Western Australia's Board and the Art Gallery's Foundation, to help Western Australian artists during the COVID-19 emergency.
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Show your support for National Reconciliation Week 2020 - "In This Together"

22 May 2020
The State Government is inviting you to show your support for National Reconciliation Week 2020.
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COVID Safety Guidelines and COVID Safety Plans

22 May 2020

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The WA Government has implemented a staged lifting of COVID-19 restrictions and developed guidelines to assist businesses and community activities to reopen or recommence.
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COVID-19 Audience Outlook Monitor

19 May 2020
Six government agencies are collaborating with researchers to track how Australian audiences feel about attending arts and culture events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Local Government Act Review Phase One Regulations - Opportunity to Comment

19 May 2020
The State Government is giving local governments the opportunity to comment on the Local Government Act Review Phase One Regulations.
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Procurement - Contract Extensions and Variations

19 May 2020
On 4 May 2020, the Auditor General tabled a performance audit report in Parliament on local government contract extensions and variations.
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How you can support your volunteers

18 May 2020
To coincide with National Volunteer Week, here are some resources and tips to help sport and recreation organisations recognise and support their volunteers.
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