Media releases

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McGowan Government celebrates WA’s PyeongChang 2018 champions

Apr 16, 2018

WA's five Winter Olympic and Paralympic athletes receive a standing ovation from Members of Parliament.

Margaret River Pro showcases jewel in WA’s crown

Apr 10, 2018

Tens of thousands of spectators are expected to watch the 2018 Margaret River Pro at the world-class facilities at Surfers Point, and millions of viewers via global broadcasts, showcasing the stunning region to the world.

Bickley Camp Open Day to provide outdoor adventures for families

Apr 04, 2018

Families and kids of all ages have a chance to enjoy the magic of the outdoors at the Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp Community Open Day this weekend.

WA’s Commonwealth Games heroes farewelled on road to Gold Coast 2018

Mar 24, 2018

The McGowan Government has farewelled Western Australia's Commonwealth Games team as it heads to the Gold Coast for the 2018 Games.

Sam Kerr’s Matildas waltz into Perth for historic first WA match

Mar 24, 2018

The McGowan Government has encouraged Western Australians to get behind Sam Kerr's Matildas in their historic first-ever WA match against Thailand at nib Stadium on Monday evening (March 26).

Australian-first multicultural uniform guide opens sport to all

Mar 15, 2018

Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds will now be able to participate in sport more easily, with the release today of an Australian-first multicultural uniform guide.

Premier Mark McGowan test drives Collie’s newest tourism drawcard

Mar 09, 2018

Premier Mark McGowan has travelled to Collie to test out the upgraded track at Collie Motorplex – with the tourism drawcard attracting big crowds, benefiting local small businesses and creating jobs.

Future stars at Aboriginal sports carnivals

Mar 02, 2018

Young Aboriginal athletes from all over the State will have a chance to show off their skills in three sporting carnivals over the next four days.

Construction begins at Albany’s Centennial Park

Feb 28, 2018

The McGowan Government has fulfilled another election commitment, providing a further $6.922 million for the Centennial Park Sporting and Event Precinct development to grow membership in local sports clubs and attract major sporting events to Albany.

Community sporting grants benefit clubs throughout WA

Feb 26, 2018

Sporting clubs and local governments from all over the State have received funding for important upgrades to facilities – boosting local sport, supporting small businesses, and creating jobs in the suburbs and the regions.

Queen’s Baton touches down in Western Australia

Feb 22, 2018

The Queen's Baton Relay starts its Western Australian leg in Albany this morning and begins its six-day journey through the State to officially herald April's Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

Sport and recreation support to reach Every Club in WA

Feb 19, 2018

State Government support for grassroots sport and recreation clubs is set to be expanded across the State, with the new Every Club program to provide every single city and country club with access to club development resources.

Sam Kerr’s Matildas to take on Thailand in first-ever WA match

Feb 14, 2018

International football superstar and Young Australian of the Year, Sam Kerr will join the Matildas for their first-ever Western Australian game when they play Thailand at nib Stadium on March 26, 2018.

WA secures Australian record crowd for women’s sport

Feb 11, 2018

Australian sporting history was made at Optus Stadium yesterday afternoon, with a record 41,975 people turning out to watch the Fremantle Dockers women's team defeat Collingwood – the biggest ever crowd for a women's sporting match in Australia.

Country athletes helped to travel and train

Feb 09, 2018

More than 200 talented regional Western Australian athletes are now another step closer to reaching their sporting dreams.

Grants to target local communities to be active

Feb 09, 2018

Local community, government and sporting groups are being invited to apply for grants to encourage people to join a club and become more active.

Chelsea FC and Perth Glory to clash at Optus Stadium on July 23

Feb 08, 2018

Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club will play Perth Glory at Optus Stadium on Monday July 23, 2018 in front of a crowd of more than 60,000 fans, with tickets on sale next Thursday (February 15).

AFL Women’s ticketholders - make sure you are a part of history

Feb 08, 2018

An 89-year-old Australian sporting record is on the verge of being broken here in Western Australia this weekend – but the history-making moment is only achievable if ticketholders turn out in force.

Synthetic wickets turfed out at White Knights Baldivis Cricket Club

Jan 30, 2018

Baldivis cricketers will soon be able to practice on turf training wickets, thanks to a $40,000 upgrade championed by Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby.

World T20 coming to Perth in 2020

Jan 30, 2018

The McGowan Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has successfully bid to host 11 International Cricket Council (ICC) World T20 (WT20) matches in Perth in 2020.

Optus Stadium sets new benchmark for disability access

Jan 27, 2018

Optus Stadium will set a new standard for disability access at Western Australian sport venues, ensuring the entire community can enjoy a five-star experience when visiting the venue and Stadium Park.

Youth Engagement Scheme to promote community connections

Jan 24, 2018

14 groups granted $250,000 worth of projects to engage disconnected youth.

Full capacity crowd approved for Scorchers home final

Jan 23, 2018

The McGowan Government has reached an agreement with VenuesLive and the WACA to ensure 55,000 tickets will be sold to the Scorchers' home semi-final at Optus Stadium.

Optus Stadium officially opens with Community Open Day

Jan 21, 2018

Optus Stadium and the surrounding Stadium Park was officially opened this morning when thousands of Western Australians were given the chance to tour the venue first, and for free, at the Community Open Day.

Optus Stadium on track for record-breaking AFL Women's crowd

Jan 15, 2018

Western Australians are encouraged to support Optus Stadium's push to attract the country's biggest-ever crowd for a standalone women's sporting match when the Fremantle Dockers play Collingwood on Saturday, February 10.