Minister for Sport and Recreation

The Minister's role is to ensure that the Department works towards building a stronger, healthier, happier and safer community through sport and recreation.

Working together with the Corporate Executive, the Minister aproves grants, funding and major projects

Honourable Mick Murray MLA
Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation

Hon Mick Murray MLA, Minister for Sport and RecreationMick Murray has been a Member of Parliament since 2001 and was appointed the Minister for Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation in the McGowan Government in March 2017.

Mr Murray was born in the small town of Duranillin before moving to the coal mining town of Collie as a child, where he later completed his apprenticeship as a mechanic.

He found employment in his trade in the State’s North West before working underground and in open cut in Collie’s coal mines for 24 years, later representing mine employees as a union delegate.

Mr Murray has represented various parts of the South West region since entering Parliament, with numerous boundary changes giving him responsibility for the shires of Collie, Capel, Dardanup, Donnybrook-Balingup, Harvey, Boyup Brook and Boddington during his time as an MP. Mr Murray also served as a Collie Shire Councillor for 12 years before entering Parliament.

Mr Murray played, coached and held administrative roles in country football, coaching Collie Football Club to a premiership in 1987 and Collie IIs to its first-ever flag in 1983.

As a young man he raced motorbikes at Claremont, Collie and Bunbury, where he insists he was better known for his spectacular crashes than anything else.

Mr Murray is passionate about the role sport can play in fostering positive behaviours and life habits in young people. He believes junior sport is an important, character-building tool for children, where they can gain an understanding of the concept of rules and boundaries early on in life.

He is committed to ensuring all sports, big and small, are given every opportunity to grow their presence in the State, and he has a strong interest in using his experience in sport administration to assist grassroots sports clubs.

Mr Murray and wife Anna have four daughters, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mr Murray is a keen recreational diver, fisherman and motorsports fanatic.


Latest media releases

KidSport delivers $27 million worth of opportunities for WA kids

Monday 18 Mar 2019

The State Government's program to assist lower-income families to get their children involved in organised sport has hit a $27 million milestone, with more than 80,000 WA kids having now benefitted from the initiative.

State Government championing equality in sports leadership

Friday 08 Mar 2019

A State Government report which highlights the stark imbalance between male and female management in sports organisations will assist the sector to strive for gender balance in its leadership roles.

Wanneroo and Girrawheen set for a raft of sporting infrastructure

Thursday 07 Mar 2019

The northern suburbs around Wanneroo are set to benefit from the latest round of the State Government's Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with four important local projects sharing in $790,000.