Media releases

Keep informed about Department's news, funding and initiatives.

Fremantle Dockers AFLW game confirmed for Perth Stadium

Sep 19, 2017

The Fremantle Dockers Women's side is on track to make history when it plays against an AFL Women's rival at Perth Stadium on February 10, 2018 - with the match expected to be the biggest standalone women's sport event ever held in Australia.

Healthway and Little Athletics promote healthy era for WA kids

Sep 18, 2017

A new partnership between Healthway and Little Athletics WA will promote the Go for 2&5 healthy eating message to thousands of young athletes aged between six and 17 and their families.

At-risk youth to be helped to connect with their communities

Sep 15, 2017

At-risk youth will benefit from the opening of the latest round of Youth Engagement Scheme funding through programs which will help them connect with their community.

Western Australians urged to keep watch by the water this summer

Sep 12, 2017

The Royal Lifesaving Society of WA today released sad and sobering statistics showing 42 people drowned in Western Australia in 2016-17, a 17 per cent increase on the 10-year average.

Perth Stadium to officially open with free Community Open Day

Sep 10, 2017

The $1.45 billion Perth Stadium and surrounding Stadium Park will officially open with a free Community Open Day on Sunday January 21, 2018.

Sporting projects building communities and creating jobs

Sep 08, 2017

The McGowan Labor Government will fund more than 200 community sporting projects in 2017-18, through allocations ranging from $2,500 to $2 million, with a particular focus on junior and grassroots sport in the growing outer suburbs.

McGowan Government kicks off Commonwealth Games appeal

Sep 06, 2017

More than 30 Western Australian Commonwealth Games hopefuls will come together today at the Western Australian Institute of Sport to launch their fundraising Team Appeal on the road to Gold Coast 2018.

New multi-sport facility to boost grassroots sport in Kalbarri

Sep 04, 2017

Grassroots sport in Kalbarri has been enhanced with the opening of a new Royalties for Regions-supported multi-sport facility for tennis, netball and basketball.

Gosnells Cricket Club receives $150,000 for new indoor nets

Aug 30, 2017

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray this week joined Southern River MLA Terry Healy to deliver on an election commitment to fund $150,000 towards new indoor, all-weather nets at Gosnells Cricket Club.

State Government to allow full capacity for Ed Sheeran concerts

Aug 29, 2017

The McGowan Government has lifted the cap previously placed on the first Ed Sheeran concert at Perth Stadium next year, allowing an extra 15,000 tickets to go on sale.

Perth to host NRL opening weekend double-header

Aug 29, 2017

Thousands of people are expected to travel to Perth for two matches of the opening weekend of the 2018 National Rugby League premiership season.

McGowan Government backs Eagles for AFL Women’s expansion

Aug 27, 2017

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has thrown his support behind the West Coast Eagles' bid to become one of the new teams in an expanded AFL Women's competition in 2019.

Revitalised Perth SpeedDome ready to welcome top cycling meets

Aug 25, 2017

Perth SpeedDome has been given a new lease on life with a $2.52 million State Government revitalisation delivering a new velodrome and major facelift to WA's home of elite track cycling.

McGowan Government funds Piara Waters oval upgrades

Aug 21, 2017

The McGowan Government's Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative has started to roll out in the southern suburbs, with Piara Waters Junior Football Club receiving $20,000 towards fencing upgrades at its playing oval.

State's oldest handicapped road cycle race turns 92

Aug 18, 2017

Western Australia's oldest handicapped cycle road race—the Collie to Donnybrook Cycling Classic—rolls over the start line for the 92nd time this Saturday.

McGowan Government rejects Eastern States push for sport control

Aug 18, 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

Aug 14, 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

Aug 11, 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.

Margaret River Pro remains on Championship Tour

Aug 04, 2017

The Margaret River Pro will remain a top-tier surfing event after the World Surf League agreed to keep it as part of the Championship Tour (CT).

VenuesWest welcomes new board members

Aug 03, 2017

A national judo champion, a former Netball WA chief executive and the previous head of Southern Cross Austereo WA have been appointed as new members of the VenuesWest board.

Grassroots sports clubs invited to take dip in funding pool

Jul 07, 2017

Local sport and recreation clubs are being invited to apply for the new round of Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) small grants - as the State Government prepares to deliver $12 million to the most recent round of successful applicants.

Master plan to guide WA mountain biking towards world stage

Jul 05, 2017

The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination has received a boost with the release of a master plan to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel.

WA athletes get funding boost to support sporting goals

Jul 03, 2017

Four of Western Australia's best athletes have been selected as ambassadors for State Government sport and entertainment venue operator, VenuesWest, as part of a program to highlight the role venues play in developing our elite sportspeople.

From small things, big things grow

Jun 15, 2017

Tennis court upgrades, floodlights, cricket pitches and changerooms are just some of the projects which will benefit from the latest round of Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF) Small Grants.

Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre opens

May 20, 2017

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today congratulated the City of Cockburn on the opening of the new state-of-the-art Cockburn Aquatic and Recreation Centre (ARC).