Media releases

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

State Government backing regional athletes to achieve

Nov 26, 2018

More than 180 of Western Australia's aspiring regional athletes will be helped to attend training camps and competitions, thanks to a State Government program that assists with travel costs.

Small grants supporting big community sports clubs

Nov 23, 2018

A total of 23 grassroots sporting projects from across Western Australia will share in more than $634,000 in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF).

Optus Stadium named world’s best in international awards

Nov 16, 2018

Optus Stadium has won the Project of the Year at the world's leading stadium industry awards, beating out international competition and securing a remarkable 27th accolade since opening in January.

State Government supporting a water safe Western Australia

Nov 15, 2018

The State Government has provided the Royal Life Saving Society of WA with an important boost heading into the hot summer months, contributing $405,000 in support of their Water Safe WA programs.

Grants enrich country sport and local communities

Nov 13, 2018

There will be more opportunities to enjoy sport and recreation in regional Western Australia, with the latest round of the Country Sport Enrichment Scheme funding announced.

New synthetic hockey field brings competitive edge to southern suburbs

Nov 06, 2018

Hockey in Perth's south-eastern corridor will today receive a huge boost with the opening of the first synthetic field in the region at Southern River Hockey Club which is based at Sutherlands Park in Huntingdale.

Bowling now accessible for all in Bunbury

Oct 23, 2018

People with disability in the South West region can celebrate greater access to Bunbury Bowling Club facilities, with the official opening today of the club's accessible bowling green.

Sporting clubs to benefit from facility upgrades at HBF Arena

Oct 23, 2018

Works to upgrade the sporting facilities on the western side of HBF Arena in Joondalup have commenced, with the first sod being turned today.

Leading the way on diversity in sport and recreation

Oct 15, 2018

An advisory group that will develop strategies and initiatives to improve gender diversity in the sport and recreation industry met for the first time on Friday, October 12.

McGowan Government supporting active and engaged communities

Oct 04, 2018

Local community and sporting organisations are being encouraged to apply to share in $1 million in funding from the State Government's Targeted Participation Program (TPP).

Outdoors October encourages Western Australians to get outside and be active

Oct 01, 2018

Outdoors October begins today with the month-long celebration of outdoor active recreation encouraging Western Australians of all ages to get outside, be active and take in the natural world around them.

Australia’s best hitting Collie for ATV Motocross Nationals

Sep 21, 2018

Collie is bracing for the arrival of Australia's premier quad bike riding event, with the country's best set to converge on the South West town this October to battle it out for honours at the All Terrain Vehicle Motocross Nationals.

New era for Fremantle Netball Association as McGowan Government backs pavilion upgrades

Sep 18, 2018

The award-winning Fremantle Netball Association is set to undergo a revitalisation, with the McGowan Government supporting the southern suburbs netball hub to build a brand new $1.8 million pavilion.

South West Academy of Sport celebrates a decade of developing champions

Sep 11, 2018

The South West Academy of Sport (SWAS) today celebrated 10 years of developing sporting talent in the region with Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray joining athletes, supporters and staff to mark a decade of achievement.

Funding on track for Asia-Pacific’s biggest mountain bike event

Aug 27, 2018

The State Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has signed a three-year deal to fund one of the biggest mountain bike events in the Asia-Pacific region, the Cape to Cape MTB.

Optus Stadium kick-to-kick for fans at historic WAFL Grand Final

Aug 23, 2018

Optus Stadium will host a historic first WAFL Grand Final this September where fans will be welcomed onto the ground for an open kick-to-kick after the final siren.

Record one million fans watch AFL football in WA at Optus Stadium

Aug 20, 2018

Optus Stadium yesterday welcomed its one millionth AFL fan during the West Coast Eagles versus Melbourne Demons clash, breaking the magical one million fan mark for the first time in the State's history.

Trusted WA local RAC secures Arena naming rights

Aug 19, 2018

Well-respected Western Australian organisation RAC has secured the naming rights for Perth Arena for at least the next five years.

McGowan Government levels the playing field for women’s sport

Aug 14, 2018

Women's sport is set to benefit from a new $250,000 annual fund to enable the State's grassroots clubs to revitalise change rooms and other facilities to accommodate booming participation levels.

Help for young regional athletes to train and compete

Aug 13, 2018

The latest round of the McGowan Government's Regional Athlete Travel Subsidy Scheme has today opened, with country athletes able to apply for funding to make it easier to travel and compete.

McGowan Government backs local brewer for nib Stadium contract

Aug 10, 2018

The McGowan Government is forging another partnership with home-grown Western Australian success story Gage Roads Brewing Co, awarding the local business the exclusive beer and cider contract at nib Stadium.

Sport and recreation’s best and most innovative recognised

Aug 09, 2018

An inclusive hockey team, a collaborative sports weekend and a not-for-profit's dedication to volunteering have all won awards at the 2017/18 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards.

Workshop drives draft motorsport strategy forward

Aug 07, 2018

Peak bodies, local government authorities and the State Government have met to discuss the draft of the WA Motorsport Strategy.

Kununurra water playground plans progressing

Jul 20, 2018

Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray today met with the Shire of Wyndham-East Kimberley to discuss plans for the proposed Kununurra water playground.

Strong Mind, Strong Game builds mental resilience in Derby

Jul 20, 2018

An innovative sport program, designed to build mental health resilience in at-risk Kimberley youth, has received $20,000 from the McGowan Government's Youth Engagement Scheme.