Media releases

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Optus Stadium celebrates one millionth visitor as AFL crowds hit national highs

Jun 11, 2018

Optus Stadium welcomed its one millionth visitor ahead of today's Fremantle versus Adelaide AFL clash, as the ground celebrates recording the second-highest average AFL attendance in the country, behind only the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Lifesaving equipment for Scarboro surf club thanks to Lotterywest

Jun 07, 2018

The Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club will be fitted out with new furniture, equipment and information technology in support of its essential services and beach patrols, thanks to a $300,000 Lotterywest grant.

Plotting the future of trail town tourism to create jobs in the regions

May 29, 2018

Western Australia's potential to create jobs and revitalise regional economies by developing specialised trail towns will be the focus of a forum held today in Collie.

Local hockey brought to international standard in Southern River

May 22, 2018

The Southern River Hockey Club will soon have International Hockey Federation accreditation, with construction of a synthetic field and new LED lighting system underway, thanks in part to a State Government grant.

National Volunteering Week honours community contributions

May 21, 2018

The thousands of remarkable Western Australians who give up their time for others will be honoured this week, as part of National Volunteer Week celebrations.

Sport and Recreation Industry Awards nominations open

May 08, 2018

The search is on for the State's best sport and recreation programs, with a call for entries in the 2018 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.

Optus Stadium serving up South West produce and supporting local jobs

May 02, 2018

A Boyanup family business has joined Manjimup growers and farmers from across the South West and Wheatbelt in supplying local produce to Optus Stadium - supporting local jobs in the regions.

WA's Commonwealth Games athletes welcomed home

Apr 30, 2018

Premier Mark McGowan and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray have congratulated Western Australia's returning Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games athletes – with an incredible 20 of 31 competitors returning home with medals.

Inaugural Optus Stadium Western Derby smashes records

Apr 29, 2018

Optus Stadium's maiden Western Derby has broken more attendance records – with 56,521 fans turning out to this afternoon's Fremantle Dockers-West Coast Eagles match.

Sport and recreation support and development program launched

Apr 26, 2018

The McGowan Government's new $1 million sport and recreation club support and development program, Every Club, opens to eligible organisations today.

Growing suburbs to benefit from Willetton Basketball Association upgrades

Apr 24, 2018

Major upgrades to the Willetton Basketball Association will double the number of courts at the facility and increase playing capacity by 60 per cent, thanks in part to a McGowan Government grant.

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.