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Sports & the Arts


Investing in the cultural industries will help support the creation of new jobs and boost economic activity in the Western Australian cultural space.

The McGowan Labor Government’s plan for the arts in WA will support new and emerging artists in a variety of fields and leverage the State's rich artistic culture, which will contribute to job creation both directly and indirectly through tourism, hospitality, festivals and events.

  • $10 million to the Art Gallery of Western Australia towards the Art Gallery’s rooftop activation project and for new acquisitions through the TomorrowFund.
  • $133.3 million is budgeted to be spent on asset investment in 2017-18, including $121.4 million for the continued delivery of the New Museum Project and $10.2 million for library materials for public libraries and the State reference library.
  • $8 million boost to give people living outside the metropolitan region increased access to arts and culture and widen the exposure of collections travelling throughout the State.
  • $750,000 fund which will provide grants to regional museums to apply to improve, promote or restore their collections.


Investing in key infrastructure and sporting initiatives is essential in building healthier and happier communities.

Essential funding ensures key community infrastructure can be developed, upgraded and maintained, while creating jobs for Western Australians.

The 2017-18 Budget includes significant upgrades to sporting infrastructure, with key investments including:

  • $6.92 million for development of the Centennial Park Sporting and Event Precinct to transform the sporting fields into a state-of-the-art regional sporting and event precinct;
  • $5.75 million for the development of Albany Motorplex complex which will enable the community to host major motorsport events;
  • $2 million towards the redevelopment of Morley Sport and Recreation Centre to meet growing demand; and
  • $1.8 million to upgrade Gibson Park facilities in Bicton for the main pavilion extension, enclose the show courts and provide more seating for spectators.

The sporting community will share in funding of $10 million towards participation and diversionary programs, high-performance initiatives, national events, sport integrity programs and support for grassroots sporting clubs.

Projects taking place at clubs, ovals, recreation centres and parks throughout the State are making better sport and recreation experiences for people and helping to better connect our communities.

The $1.46 billion, 60,000 seat Perth Stadium, including the surrounding Stadium Park and its associated transport infrastructure, will be completed and delivered by the McGowan Labor Government.

It is set to open in early 2018 - becoming the State’s premier sporting and entertainment facility and will host a range of top-level international, national and domestic sporting events during 2017-18.

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