Community & Arts

Resources sector donates $6.6m for COVID-19 support

In an initiative led by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA, the Western Australian resources sector has pledged $6.6 million to Royal Flying Doctor Service Western Operations, Foodbank WA and Lifeline WA.

Navigating disability change

Two long-standing disability services chief executives share how they have dealt with upheaval and disruption in the sector.

Minderoo pledges $160m for COVID-19 response

Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation is flying in tonnes of medical supplies from China and increasing Western Australia's capacity to test for COVID-19, as part of a rescue package announced today.

Arts sector says the show must go online

The performing arts sector is coming up with new ways to ensure people are entertained, in light of government restrictions on indoor events attended by 100 people or more as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VisAbility happy to be home

A Victoria Park disability service provider was under financial pressure and planned to sell its specifically adapted building to stay viable, until management devised a new plan.

Perth Festival aims for visitor boost

Ambitious plans to attract more visitors from outside Western Australia for next year’s Perth Festival and beyond are top-of-mind for executive director Nathan Bennett.

Kosmic Sound offered lifeline

After going into liquidation in February, Kosmic Sound has been saved by South Australian business Dale Cleves Music Group, shortly after another iconic WA brand Jeanswest was also rescued.

#YourHelp vital for community services

Organisations in the community services sector established the #YourHelpWA campaign to secure 20 per cent more funding to cover increasing staffing costs. 

Perth Festival box office ticks up

Perth Festival anticipates it will achieve a small increase in its box office sales, from $5.4 million in 2019 to $5.5 million in 2020.

Neurodiversity in the workplace

Employees with autism and their employers have emphasised the importance of clear communication at a recent Autism West event.

Theatre, cinema take centre stage

Theatre 180 and entertainment platform CinemaStage are bringing theatre to the cinema for a production of AB Facey’s A Fortunate Life.

Freo raises the volume on noise plan

The state government plan to shield entertainment venues from noise complaints is raising concerns in Fremantle, with claims the implementation of ‘special entertainment precincts’ may not address the complexities associated with the port city’s increasing density.

EY, WASO mark a milestone

When their first sponsorship arrangement was introduced 25 years ago, EY was an accounting, tax and corporate finance business and WASO was part of the ABC.

Fringe World attendance up, box office down

Fringe World Festival recorded a drop in box office sales, despite higher attendance, as it wrapped up its 2020 season last night.

New regional childcare model

REED WA has acquired eight struggling childcare centres in regional Western Australia and plans to keep them operational by implementing a cluster model of management.

Otherside, AGWA partner after hours

Otherside Brewing is cementing its position as a supporter of Western Australian artists by collaborating with the Art Gallery of WA to bring beer, music and art to the gallery after hours this month.

Perth Festival kicks off for 2020

Perth Festival begins tonight with a week of indigenous programming and the unveiling of a new venue, City of Lights at Perth Concert Hall.

New mission at St Bart's

Social services organisation St Bart’s has undergone major changes in recent months, with a rebrand to reposition its services and the appointment of a new chief executive.

Fashion sector faces fresh challenge

The Fashion Council WA says it is finalising a deal to pay suppliers to the 2019 Perth Fashion Festival, four months after the event.

Fringe gives Perth artists a stage

Perth-based jazz and blues singer Jessie Gordon made her first appearance at Fringe World Festival nine years ago, and has performed at every festival since.

Lotterywest and Healthway donate $2.1m to community programs

United Way WA, Barking Gecko Theatre and Co3 Australia are among the beneficiaries of $2.1 million of donations from Healthway and Lotterywest to aid companies in executing public health and wellbeing programs.