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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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State Library reopens - Welcome home

18 May 2020
The State Library of Western Australia has today (May 18) reopened its doors to the public after being closed for 56 days.
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COVID-19 Easing of restrictions – Further information for Public Libraries

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The State Government has announced the easing of restrictions (phase 2) commencing Monday, 18 May 2020.

Council meetings

15 May 2020

LG Alert

The Premier has announced that from 18 May gatherings of 20 people will be permitted. What does this mean for council meetings?
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Local government sector urged to take leadership role

12 May 2020

LG Alert

The local government sector has a key role to play in the Phase 2 easing of restrictions and in helping communities get back on their feet and the economy back on track.
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Budget process

30 Apr 2020

LG Alert

The Minister for Local Government is intending to make an Order using the new COVID-19 Response powers.
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Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020

21 Apr 2020

LG Alert

On 20 April 2020, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 received Royal Assent.
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Funding to continue support for regional arts community

9 Apr 2020
The State Government will invest $2.1 million over the next three years to ensure the continuity of grant funding for regional organisations and individuals delivering arts and cultural activities in their communities.
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$159m COVID-19 Relief Fund to provide crisis support

30 Mar 2020
Premier Mark McGowan and Lotterywest have today established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund to provide support to organisations that are helping people experiencing hardship.
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Electronic attendance at meetings

20 Mar 2020

LG Alert

The department understands the challenges that local governments are facing in regard to social distancing and possible individual self-isolation in Western Australia.
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Instructions to councils to assist supermarkets to respond to demand

19 Mar 2020

Departmental Circular 3 2020

As our state and nation face the challenges of COVID-19, many of our supermarkets and other businesses are struggling to meet unprecedented consumer demand.
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New body to oversee WA's cultural assets

12 Mar 2020
The State Government has introduced legislation to Parliament to establish a new body to oversee Western Australia's theatre venues and other cultural assets.
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A handy guide to ANDI

25 Feb 2020
The Australian National Development Index (or ANDI) is a collaborative project that tracks national progress and wellbeing.

Arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern

24 Feb 2020
Government organisations and community will collaborate to develop an arts, culture and heritage strategy for the Great Southern region, thanks to a $50,000 investment from the Regional Arts and Culture Investment Program (RACIP).
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Proposed new laws to Stop Puppy Farming in WA

19 Feb 2020

LG Alert

The State Government is progressing changes to the law to Stop Puppy Farming in Western Australia.
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Changes to draft reviews for culture and the arts 15k-plus grant programs

22 Jan 2020
The department has changed the way applications are reviewed for Arts 15k-plus and the 15k-plus category of the Contemporary Music Fund Grant Program.
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Arts and Culture Monitor 2019

2 Jan 2020
An independent survey into how Western Australians view the arts shows strong and increasing public support for the value of the State’s culture and arts activities.
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WA artists to benefit from exchange program with SE Asia

10 Dec 2019
A new grant program will provide an opportunity for Western Australian artists to take part in an exchange program with artists in South East Asia.
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Survey: Building capacities in the WA music sector

25 Nov 2019
Music industry professionals, musicians and practitioners are invited to have their say on professional development and capacity building needs in the local contemporary music industry.

Privacy and Responsible Information Sharing

29 Oct 2019
How many times have you been asked for the same information from different government agencies? For some of you the answer will be "a lot".
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Local and international artists pay homage to AC/DC at Perth Festival

21 Oct 2019
Western Australians and Perth Festival goers will be able to pay homage to AC/DC's Bon Scott and his Western Australian links on the world's longest stage at the 2020 Perth Festival free public finale event.
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New gifts framework

18 Oct 2019

Departmental Circular 11 2019

On 20 October 2019, the new gifts framework contained within the Local Government Legislation Amendment Act 2019 will come into operation. This new gift framework has been simplified, with the focus on transparency and accountability.
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The voice of football inducted into sport’s Hall of Fame

25 Sep 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.
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Grant programs to increase regional arts activity

19 Sep 2019
Two new grant programs that opened this week will increase the number and variety of arts and culture activities presented in regional Western Australia, by supporting the costs of their delivery.
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