Community & Place News

WALGA’s Community Development Newsletter
January 2023

Western Australian Community Impact Hub 

An initiative of Healthway and Lotterywest, the Western Australian Community Impact Hub provides a detailed look at projects supported by Healthway and Lotterywest and the positive impact they have on the WA community. 

The Community Impact Hub is a central source of data, knowledge and insight.

It is a great FREE resource for Local Governments delivering community health and wellbeing projects. The interactive hub allows users to understand their community, learn from others and plan their projects using its suite of free tools.

Visit the Community Impact Hub to:

  • Explore community data through a visual map to identify needs and opportunities.
  • Browse case studies, a library of Healthway and Lotterywest grants, and evaluation reports.
  • Use the Impact Planner tool to create a clear project vision, plan project activities linked to outcomes, and create a simple evaluation plan.

Visit the Impact Hub here.

Sector updates

Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund

The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund appeal for the Kimberley Floods is now open for public donation. Funds raised will provide support to the communities left isolated after record-breaking rains. Find out more here

Stage 5 Public Health Act implementation delayed

The Department of Health has advised that COVID 19 has impacted on the work program and schedule to implement the final stages of the Public Health Act 2016. New regulations for both stage 4 and stage 5 are not expected to commence within the next 2 years. Read more here

New Cabinet Unveiled 

In December 2022 the new State Government Cabinet was announced. This included some cabinet reshuffling and two new ministers, Wanneroo MLA  Sabine Winton and South West region MLC Jackie Jarvis. 
Read more here

New Sevices to stay safe on Service WA App 

Users can now access SharkSmart, Weather Stations and Emergency WA bushfire warning notifications via the Service WA app. 
Find out more here

New resources for Local Government in Preventing Domestic Violence

ALGA has worked with member associations, including WALGA and Our Watch to develop a series of resources for Local Governments to better coordinate national prevention activity in the sector. Resources can be found here

Regional and Remote festivals' funding boost 

The Cities of Karratha and Greater-Geraldton have both received funding for culture and arts festivals in 2023 as part of the Regional and Remote Festivals Fund. 
Find out more here

Environmental Health Disaster Guidance 

The Department of Health' Environmental Health Directorate has developed resources and training to support EHOs with disaster management.
Find out more here.  

Upcoming Grants

Healthway Healthy Communities Program
Funds a range of health promotion activities and campaigns to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles. Find out more here. 

Youth Engagement Grants 
Funding to implement projects that engage young people to help achieve positive outcomes for young people in the community. Applications close 8 February. Find out more here

Attraction and Retention Packages for Regional Childcare Workers Program 
Funding up to $25,000 available for Local Governments. Applications close 1 February. Find out more here

Leveraged Creative and Cultural Planning 
For regional Local Governments to develop creative and cultural plans and activities. Applications close 25 January. Find out more here


Upcoming Events

WALGA Urban Forest Conference 2023 Valuing Canopy 
In person, at Curtin University on 17 February.
Find out more here

Injury Prevention Summit 2023: Injury is Everyone's Business
The one day event hosted by Injury Matters, will be held on 11 May in Perth. Find out more here. 

Health Promotion Course
This 12 week flexible online course from Curtin University runs from 20 March to 26 June. Find out more here

Veer off Vaping - advocating for e-cigarette regulation in WA 
This free webinar is hosted by Injury Matters on 31 January. Find out more here. 

WACOSS Conference Call for Speakers 
The conference is Resilient, Strong and Brave: Collective Power of Community 1-3 May in PerthFind out more here. 


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WALGA Resilient Communities Team 

Susie Moir, Policy Manager Resilient Communities, 9213 2058
Vikki Barlow, Senior Policy Advisor Community, 9213 2074
Alina Hobson, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2092
Bec Waddington, Policy Officer Community, 9213 2055
Contact the WALGA Resilient Communities team
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples hold a special place in our communities and connect the broader population with a wealth of history, tradition and culture which enriches our society.  Our work regularly takes us across the State and as such WALGA would like to acknowledge the many traditional owners of the land on which we work throughout Western Australia. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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