Minister for Sport and Recreation

The Minister's role is to ensure that the Department works towards building a stronger, healthier, happier and safer community through sport and recreation.

Working together with the Corporate Executive, the Minister aproves grants, funding and major projects

Honourable Mick Murray MLA
Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

Hon Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Sport and RecreationMick Murray has been a Member of Parliament since 2001 and was appointed the Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation in the McGowan Government in March 2017.

Mr Murray was born in the small town of Duranillin before moving to the coal mining town of Collie as a child, where he later completed his apprenticeship as a mechanic.

He found employment in his trade in the State’s North West before working underground and in open cut in Collie’s coal mines for 24 years, later representing mine employees as a union delegate.

Mr Murray has represented various parts of the South West region since entering Parliament, with numerous boundary changes giving him responsibility for the shires of Collie, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Boyup Brook and Boddington during his time as an MP. Mr Murray also served as a Collie Shire Councillor for 12 years before entering Parliament.

Mr Murray played, coached and held administrative roles in country football, coaching Collie Football Club to a premiership in 1987 and Collie IIs to its first-ever flag in 1983.

As a young man he raced motorbikes at Claremont, Collie and Bunbury, where he insists he was better known for his spectacular crashes than anything else.

Mr Murray is passionate about the role sport can play in fostering positive behaviours and life habits in young people. He believes junior sport is an important, character-building tool for children, where they can gain an understanding of the concept of rules and boundaries early on in life.

He is committed to ensuring all sports, big and small, are given every opportunity to grow their presence in the State, and he has a strong interest in using his experience in sport administration to assist grassroots sports clubs.

Mr Murray and wife Anna have four daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr Murray is a keen recreational diver, fisherman and motorsports fanatic.


Latest media releases

McGowan Government rejects Eastern States push for sport control

Friday 18 Aug 2017

The McGowan Government will today oppose plans to centralise funding and control of Australian sport in the Eastern States at the annual Meeting of Sport and Recreation Ministers in Sydney.

Western Australia secures BMX National Championships

Monday 14 Aug 2017

The State Government, through Tourism WA, has secured the BMX National Championships for 2018 and 2021, which are expected to attract thousands of visitors to Western Australia.

McGowan Government to stand by Western Force

Friday 11 Aug 2017

The McGowan Government has thrown its full support behind the Western Force as the club determines its next course of action, in response to the Australian Rugby Union's (ARU) decision to cancel its Super Rugby licence.