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WA kicks off week of elite international football with ICON festival

Jul 20, 2022
The biggest festival of English Premier League football ever seen in Western Australia kicks off today with 3 days of celebration in the lead up to this weekend's blockbuster matches.

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New facility to spring WA’s divers onto the world stage

19 Jan 2022
The State Government has started building a new dryland dive centre at HBF Stadium that will help athletes hone their craft to give them the best chance at Commonwealth and Olympic success.
A lady and a gentleman dancing on a dance floor.

Project means more people ‘Candance’

13 Jan 2022
The Candance Dance Studio Bunbury is providing opportunities in DanceSport for people with special needs through the ‘Shall we Dance Sport’ project.
Two ladies smiling at the camera.

South Mandurah club supporting tennis for all

13 Jan 2022
The South Mandurah Tennis Club recently worked with local disability services providers and education support schools to set up the Tennis For All program.
A group of older children

Volunteers make the world go round

16 Dec 2021
Talking about the huge value of sport and recreation volunteers may well be preaching to the choir but it never hurts to make just a little bit more noise about them.
A montage of people with Nic Naitannui on Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Footy heads to the islands

16 Dec 2021
The local community newsletter said it all: The Eagles have landed.
Artists impression of the upgraded WACA Ground

Howzat! WACA upgrades underway with demolition of Inverarity Stand

10 Dec 2021
Work is well underway on the WACA Ground Improvement Project, with the iconic Inverarity Stand demolished to make way for the future aquatic centre.
Football players celebrating after a win at a World Cup match

Perth to host five FIFA Women's World Cup games in 2023

2 Dec 2021
Perth will host five 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup games as part of one of the biggest series of football matches Western Australia has ever seen.
A group of athletes holding balloons for the KidSport 10 year anniversary

10 years of helping kids connect with community through Kidsport

18 Nov 2021
The State Government’s popular KidSport program celebrated 10 years of helping families connect with their community through sport at a special event held in Leederville today.
Tamsin Cook swimming  the Women's 800m Freestyle heat on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Four WA athletes to benefit from VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program

10 Nov 2021
Four of the State's high performing athletes have been selected for the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program which is now in its fourth year.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

New members appointed to VenuesWest board

2 Nov 2021
The VenuesWest board, which oversees Western Australia's best sport and entertainment venues, has welcomed two new members.
Stock image of a basketball on a court. Getty Images.

Geraldton Basketball Stadium election commitment in the basket

18 Oct 2021
A $4.5 million upgrade to Geraldton Basketball Stadium is getting underway following the delivery of a State Government election commitment towards the project.
Female footballer holding a footbal

Country football kicks goals for mental health

13 Oct 2021
Health Minister Roger Cook today announced the WA Country Football League (WACFL) has been awarded a three-year Healthway grant totalling $855,000 to continue its mental health promotion program.
Montage of people participating in rugby league on Cocos Island

Indian Ocean adventures with rugby league

11 Oct 2021
Rugby league is one of the most popular sports across the islands of the Indian Ocean Territories thanks to a recent visit from the NRL.
Jessica Fox of Team Australia competes during the Women's Canoe Slalom Semi-final

New Swan River canoe slalom course opens

4 Oct 2021
A new flat water slalom course on the Swan River has officially opened today — just months after Jessica Fox won Australia's first Olympic gold medal in the canoe slalom event.
Jeremy Hayward of the Kookaburras in action during the FIH Pro League

Perth proves pitch-perfect with five major hockey events secured

29 Sep 2021
Some of the world's best men's and women's hockey players will be among thousands of visitors to Western Australia for a series of high-profile hockey events from 2022 to 2025.
Football close up

Kimberley footy set to reach new heights with $5 million boost

28 Sep 2021
The State Government is teaming up with the AFL to deliver a $5 million boost to one of football's most skilled, passionate, and remote talent pools — the Kimberley.
Giant AFL Sherrin football banner displayed on Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup mega-footy a sign of Perth's Grand Final fever

23 Sep 2021
Perth's AFL Grand Final fever has hit new heights with a giant Sherrin footy banner measuring approximately 12m high and 6.5m wide hanging over the Swan River from Perth's Matagarup Bridge.
Optus Stadium view from the Swan River at twilight.

WA talent front and centre at AFL Grand Final

18 Sep 2021
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) is proud to have supported and worked with the WA contemporary music sector to ensure that some of Western Australia’s most iconic musicians take centre stage at this year’s historic AFL Grand Final in Perth.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Just the ticket — tough new laws to stamp out scalping

8 Sep 2021
Ticket scalping will be illegal in Western Australia after legislation introduced by the State Government passed Parliament, delivering on an election commitment.
A tennis court and ball

CSRFF funds tennis infrastructure

25 Aug 2021
DLGSC has contributed more than $294,000 to tennis infrastructure projects through the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) in the 2021-22 small grants funding round.
Shaun Norris of Australia is challenged by Abdi Dini and David Eng of Canada during the gold medal wheelchair basketball match between Australia and Canada

WA athletes ready to compete at Tokyo Paralympic Games

23 Aug 2021
Western Australia will equal its highest representation on the Australian Paralympic Team with 24 athletes competing at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, starting tomorrow (24 August).
People pose during the ground redevelopment sod-turning ceremony at the WACA on August 19, 2021 in Perth, Australia.

Perth City Deal’s WACA upgrade underway

20 Aug 2021
Work has begun on the long-awaited upgrades to the iconic Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Ground.
HBF Park high perspective view

Major boost to Perth Rectangular Stadium  ahead of 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup

18 Aug 2021
The State Government is investing $35 million to upgrade some of the ageing facilities at HBF Park ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup hosted in Australia and New Zealand.
Perth 2023 Australia World Transplant Games

Let the games begin!

5 Aug 2021
World Transplant Games to kick off in Perth 2023.
Aerial view of Optus Stadium

Construction starts on Optus Stadium’s new rooftop viewing platform

3 Aug 2021
Construction has now started on the latest attraction at Optus Stadium — a new 42-metre-high viewing platform that allows fans to walk several metres beyond the edge of the stadium roof.
A man dribbling a basketball on a boardwalk in Perth

The masters have it aced

30 Jul 2021
Weekend sports warriors will descend on Perth as part of the 2021 Australian Masters Games.
Female basketball players and coach huddling together in circle. Image credit: Joos Mind, Getty Images

Getting support after a critical incident

30 Jul 2021
When tragedy or trauma strikes a sporting community, it can be helpful — or even vital — to be able to access pastoral care support.
Nina Kennedy and Natalie Burton pose with students during the Olympics Unleashed Western Australia

Unleash your inner Olympian

30 Jul 2021
Primary school children are being encouraged to let out their inner hero as part of the Olympics Unleashed program.
Matt Fulton speaking to an audience

New face of WA sport

30 Jul 2021
If you haven’t met him yet, there’s a new face of sport in WA.
A general view at sunset during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia.

Tickets on sale for historic Ashes Test at Perth Stadium

5 Jul 2021
Cricket fans can secure their seat to witness cricket history, with tickets to go on sale today for the first Ashes Test to be played at Perth Stadium.
A game of hockey in the Wheatelt

Wheatbelt winter sports work together

1 Jul 2021
Hockey, football and netball clubs and associations in the eastern Wheatbelt have been working together this year, to trial three feature rounds where all three winter sports are played on the same day, at the same venue.
Fabian Coulthard drives the #12 Shell V-Power Racing Team Ford Mustang during race 1 for the Perth Supernight as part of the 2019 Supercars Championship at Barbagallo Raceway on May 03, 2019 in Perth, Australia

Supercars tickets a licence to thrill motorsport fans

23 Jun 2021
All the thrills and spills of Perth's Supercars Championship night round is a step closer for fans, with tickets on sale from 10am today AWST, through Ticketek, to the Bunnings Trade Perth SuperNight at Wanneroo Raceway.
The Bledisloe Cup in focus with the Wallabies lined up behind it at Optus Stadium

Tickets on sale for Perth’s Bledisloe Cup blockbuster

9 Jun 2021
Rugby union fans around Australia and New Zealand can snap up tickets from 10am today (AWST) to Perth's Bledisloe Cup Test on August 21 at Optus Stadium.
Spectators arrive at Optus Stadium

Perth secures historic Ashes Test and One Day International for 2021-22 season

19 May 2021
Cricket's greatest rivalry is set to return to Perth following today's announcement that Optus Stadium will host the fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England from January 14 to 18 next year.
The lighthouse on Rottnest Island, Western Australia

Rottnest Island riding global wave in surfing championship splash

14 May 2021
After two weeks of huge swell at the competition in Margaret River, the World Surf League Championship Tour is heading to Rottnest Island, marking the first time Western Australia has hosted two world surfing events in the same year.
Forum working group photo

2021 Peel Sports and Coaches Forums – wrap up

21 Apr 2021
The Peel Sports Forum, organised annually by the department’s Peel office, lived up to its reputation as a highlight of the sport and recreation industry’s calendar.
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