Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    State Government supports WA Week

    15/10/2007 3:00 PM

    A series of 85 community, corporate and special events that will be held throughout Western Australia this week to celebrate WA was officially launched in Kings Park today.

    WA Week commemorates the proclamation of the State and aims to highlight positive aspects of WA and foster a sense of pride, belonging and confidence in working and living in the State.

    Multicultural Interests and Citizenship Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said WA Week provided a unique annual opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to celebrate all that WA had to offer.

    Ms Ravlich said the State Government sponsored the WA Week Small Grants program that offered up to $1,000 to community and special interest groups, and parents’ associations to co-ordinate an event or activity unique to their community, region or group.

    “Nearly 100 grant applications were received and 33 grants have been awarded across the State,” she said.

    In many cases, grant recipients have formed partnerships with local businesses, Rotary, Lions and community volunteers.

    WA Week Small Grant events include a week-long historical display of vintage agricultural equipment at the Wyalkatchem Museum, a ‘Connecting our Community’ celebration organised by the Hyden Progress Association, and the WA Peel Aged Games co-ordinated by the Peel Branch of the Seniors Recreation Council for seniors in the Peel region.

    The Katanning Local Drug Action Group will decorate Katanning’s main street shop fronts with WA flower displays created by young people, while the YMCA will host a family day with old fashioned races. Teachers and students at Moerlina School will experience the Noongar people’s historical connections to the Swan River through a range of activities at the Matilda Bay foreshore with Neville Collard.

    Ms Ravlich said the State Government was pleased with the strong response to the WA Week Small Grants program and the level of interest from all sections of the community in becoming involved with WA Week commemorations.

    “WA Week is a positive and timely State-wide initiative and I encourage everyone to become involved and celebrate our achievements as a State,” the Minister said.

    The WA Week 2007 program, including information on the WA Small Grant events, is published on http://www.celebratewa.com.au

    Minister's office - 9213 6800