Media releases

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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.

McGowan Government delivers $3.3 million of quality sporting projects for Broome

Jul 17, 2018

Minister for Sport and Recreation Mick Murray today met with the Shire of Broome to discuss the region's sporting needs, and confirm over $3 million funding for five important local grassroots sporting projects.

Mundaring sport enters a new arena

Jul 16, 2018

Sport lovers in Mundaring now have an arena to call their own, thanks to the opening of the Mundaring Arena.

Outstanding athletes selected as VenuesWest Brand Ambassadors

Jul 04, 2018

Four of the State's high performing athletes have been selected for the second year of the VenuesWest Brand Ambassador Program.

Baton passes to new VenuesWest chairperson, board member

Jun 27, 2018

VenuesWest has appointed long-serving board member Graham Goerke as the organisation's new chairperson and welcomed Paralympian and Order of Australia Medal recipient Priya Cooper to the board.

McGowan Government secures Perth Motorplex for 12 months as buyer sought

Jun 25, 2018

The McGowan Government will continue to run Perth Motorplex for the next 12 months as it seeks a permanent operator to take on the facility.

Regional WA wins big with McGowan Government sport upgrades

Jun 21, 2018

Country Western Australia is the big winner in the latest round of the Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF), with the McGowan Government awarding 80 per cent of grant allocations to organisations based in the regions.

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.