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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
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
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
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.