The annual funding round supports smaller and developing regional events to help attract new visitors to WA's five tourism regions and stimulate local economies.
This year's RES round will fund 10 new events and will include $250,000 to deliver Regional Aboriginal Events, including the agritourism event Taste of the Kimberley, showcasing the produce and landscapes of the Kimberley region; and the RAES event Iwarra Wilungga - Spring by the Sea, which is a celebration of Aboriginal culture in the Mid-West.
Other events include the Great Southern Stage Run, a three-day race following the wild and rugged Bibbulman Track; and the Northam Heritage and Multicultural Festival in the Wheatbelt.
View the full list of recipients
Eight arts organisations from regional and remote Western Australia will benefit from a total of $238,374 in funding from the Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building program. The successful applicants are located throughout the State, from Harvey in the South-West to Warmun in the Kimberley. The funding forms part of the state Government's Regional Arts and Cultural Investment Program (RACIP).
The Aboriginal Business Development and Capacity Building program offers grants of up to $30,000 and aims to provide business development support for planning and skill development in the regional Aboriginal arts and culture sector. Successful applicants included Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation (Kimberley); Mara Arts Aboriginal Corporation (Mid-West); and Walkatjurra Cultural Centre (Goldfields-Esperance).
Read Minister Templeman's full media statement
The Australian Sports Commission announced a $3.9 million increase in funding for the National Generation 2032 Coach program. This national coaching apprenticeship program launched last year will be extended from two to three years for the female participants to address the underrepresentation of high-performance female coaches in the lead up to the 2032 Brisbane Olympic and Paralympic Games.
First Nations Climate Statement inspired by World Indigenous Tourism Summit in Boorloo
Tourism operators from all over the world came together recently at The World Indigenous Tourism Summit (WITS) in Boorloo (Perth) and collectively endorsed unanimously and enthusiastically, a First Nations Climate Statement document. The statement read:
As proud descendants of Indigenous people from around the world, we, the 2023 WITS Delegates, recognise and accept our inherent social and cultural obligation gifted to us from our 'Old People' (Ancestors) to protect, heal and preserve our lands; or in essence "look after country.
More information regarding the statement
Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) services include specialist services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, which have been enhanced through an $8.14 million investment. Approximately 30 Aboriginal employment and engagement officers are employed across the JSC network who work closely with employers and other key service providers in their area to integrate services and maximise training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal clients and to ensure culturally appropriate employment and career services are provided.
Enhancements include the inclusion of more Aboriginal artwork to ensure the JSCs provide a culturally supportive, vibrant and welcoming space for Aboriginal staff and clients.
Establishing additional Aboriginal Services, including at Perth metropolitan JSCs at Fremantle and Perth TAFE campuses, is intended to enhance opportunities for Aboriginal people to engage in sustainable employment and help meet the State's skills shortages and growing workforce demand.
Employers and businesses are encouraged to get in touch with their nearest JSC for support to increase their engagement with the Aboriginal community and to create a more culturally aware workplace that can attract and retain more Aboriginal employees. Contact your local Jobs and Skills Centre on 13 64 64 or visit the Jobs and Skills WA website for more information www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobs-and-skills-centre.
Read Minister McGurk's full media statement
Western Australian film-maker Ashley Morrison's documentary "Return to your corner" is showing at the State Library on Wednesday 26th April 2023. The documentary covers the journey of Africa's first boxing world champion and the racial challenges he experienced as an athlete. It premiered at the New York Athletic Club on the 16th February 2023 and has been listed and won numerous awards including the Dublin Movie Awards 2023.
Extended transition period for the SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package
The Training Accreditation Council have approved these four SIS Sport, Fitness and Recreation Training Package qualifications for an extended transition period until 31 January 2024.
Western Australia as a world-class study destination will be on show this week at one of Australasia's biggest international education events.
As the host city for the ICEF ANZA 2023 conference, Perth will welcome education providers and recruitment agents from across the globe.
Designed to showcase WA as a leading study destination, delegates will enjoy unique tourism activities such as a gourmet beach barbeque at sunset, Fremantle Prison and a trip to Rottnest, as well as meeting and visiting the campuses of WA education and training providers.
The three-day event is expected to attract more than 230 international student recruitment agents and 150 plus providers from around 49 countries.