News and events Latest news Paddles keen and bright for Avon challenge Friday 31 Jul 2015 The Avon Descent has gained a reputation as a challenging course for power boats and paddlers alike and this weekend's race will be no different for hundreds of competitors. Perth to host international rugby in 2016 and 2017 Monday 27 Jul 2015 The Argentinian and South African rugby teams will go head-to-head against Australia right here in Perth as part of a two-year deal signed between the State Government and the Australian Rugby Union. Cockburn recreation hub construction kicks off Tuesday 21 Jul 2015 Construction has officially started on the Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Facility – the community sport and recreation hub which will also become home to the Fremantle Dockers. More news Upcoming events View 2015 Western Desert League Festival 2015 Western Desert League Festival Monday 06 Apr 2015 The 2015 Western Desert League Premiership Season comprises of three four-day rounds of football and softball competition, including children's activities. Member Protection Information Officer course Wednesday 12 Aug 2015 The Department of Sport and Recreation and WA Sports Federation invite members of sporting and recreation organisations to register for the Member Protection Information Officer (MPIO) course. View Activation of Open Space through Arts and Culture Activation of Open Space through Arts and Culture Thursday 20 Aug 2015 Arts and culture is being considered as the catalyst for activation in open space design and planning to cater for the needs of changing populations. More events Awards The Department celebrated the valuable contribution made by sports coaches and officials to the sporting industry and wider community during the 2014 Industry Sports Coaches and Officials Awards.