WALGA recognises that Local Government provides a significant amount of resources to support the delivery of sport and recreation within the community. This includes provision of sporting facilities, parks and reserves, leisure programming, funding assistance, club development and professional development and training opportunities.

Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group (MARAG)

The Metropolitan Area Recreation Advisory Group (known as MARAG) held its inaugural meeting at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries on 4 July 2019. The aim of MARAG is to provide leadership, coordination, advocacy and strategic direction for metropolitan sport and recreation facilities, programs, services and projects.

MARAG is comprised of sport and recreation employees from Local Governments in the Perth metropolitan area and representatives from the Department of Local Government, Sport & Cultural Industries; Parks and Leisure Australia (WA Branch); Western Australia Local Government Association; Western Australian Sports Federation; and the university sector. WALGA provides executive administration support to this group.

Community Sporting and Recreation Facilities Fund (CSRFF)

The State Government administers the CSRFF to provide financial assistance to community groups and Local Governments to develop infrastructure for sport and recreation. The program aims to increase participation in sport and recreation, with an emphasis on physical activity, through rational development of sustainable, good quality, well-designed and well-utilised facilities. More information is available here.