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Lodgement of draft financial statements with your auditor by 30 September 2020

Sep 18, 2020
Local governments may be aware that the Department is currently consulting with the sector on proposed amendments to the Financial Management Regulations that could affect 2019-20 financial statements.

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts inquiry into Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions

Aug 31, 2020
Australia’s cultural and creative industries and institutions will be the focus of a new Parliamentary inquiry.
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Pilbara banned drinkers register trial to launch in December

Aug 24, 2020
The State Government's trial of a banned drinkers register (BDR) in the Pilbara region will launch on December 1 following the appointment of a Western Australian company to deliver the program.
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Optus Stadium reaches 100th event milestone

Aug 23, 2020
Optus Stadium will welcome its 100th major event since its grand opening in January 2018, when the West Coast Eagles take on GWS Giants today (August 23).
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Sporting club grants shaping healthier community venues

Aug 21, 2020
Applications have opened for Healthway's Summer Healthy Sporting Club Program.
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WA local governments join the National Redress Scheme

Aug 19, 2020
Local Government Minister David Templeman has today commended all 137 Western Australian local governments for joining the National Redress Scheme to recognise the harm suffered by survivors of historical child sexual abuse.
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State Government issues casting call for film studio in Perth

Aug 19, 2020
The State Government is seeking proposals from the private sector to build, locate and operate a screen production facility in Western Australia.
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Electors’ special meetings during COVID-19

Aug 19, 2020

Ministerial Circular 5 2020

As you are aware, the Local Government Amendment (COVID-19 Response) Act 2020 was passed by Parliament on 16 April 2020 and came into effect on 21 April 2020.
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Governance update — Engaging with the Community

Aug 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented many challenges for local governments and their communities but it has also highlighted the innovative ways local governments are working to produce the best outcomes for their communities.
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Get to know Gordon MacMile

Aug 18, 2020
Newly appointed Acting Executive Director Local Government.
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WA getting back on track with $5.5 billion Recovery Plan

Aug 18, 2020
The State Government released the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan in late July, which included huge investments in infrastructure, schools, TAFE and community facilities.
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Western Australian filmmakers to bring our stories to life

Aug 18, 2020
Applications opened today for emerging and mid-career filmmakers to access grants to make short films bringing stories from the State Library of Western Australia to life.
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Report of the Inquiry into the City of Perth

Aug 13, 2020

Ministerial Circular 4 2020

As you are aware, I appointed an Inquiry Panel on 2 March 2018 to conduct an inquiry into the ability of the City of Perth (the City) to provide for the good governance of the people in the City.
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