News from the Department highlighting funding, initiatives and projects in the sport and recreation industry.

South West Academy of Sport celebrates a decade of developing champions

Tuesday 11 Sep 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.

Surf life saving championships return to WA in 2022

Tuesday 04 Sep 2018

Western Australia will again play host to one of the world's largest ocean sports events when the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships ('Aussies') returns in 2022.

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

Monday 27 Aug 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

Thursday 23 Aug 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

Monday 20 Aug 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

Sunday 19 Aug 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

Tuesday 14 Aug 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

Monday 13 Aug 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

Friday 10 Aug 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

Thursday 09 Aug 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

Tuesday 07 Aug 2018

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

Date announced for 2019 Bledisloe Cup clash at Optus Stadium

Tuesday 31 Jul 2018

One of the biggest events in world sport, the Bledisloe Cup, will be played at the Optus Stadium to an expected sell-out crowd on August 10, 2019.

Chelsea Football Club arrives in Perth

Friday 20 Jul 2018

The McGowan Government has welcomed English Premier League powerhouse Chelsea Football Club to Perth, ahead of its friendly match against Perth Glory on Monday, July 23.

Kununurra water playground plans progressing

Friday 20 Jul 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

Friday 20 Jul 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

Tuesday 17 Jul 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

Monday 16 Jul 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

Wednesday 04 Jul 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

Wednesday 27 Jun 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.

Wheeling and Healing into bodies, hearts and minds

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

The obvious lack of Aboriginal athletes competing at the Beijing Olympics started a conversation amongst some of Australia’s most celebrated Paralympians and Aboriginal leaders and drove them to create the Outback Academy Australia’s Red Dust Heelers community engagement program.