As I am sure you have heard through the media, National Cabinet met today (Friday 1st May 2020) to consider the resumption of sport and recreation activities.
I am pleased to update you that National Cabinet has formally recognised what we in the sector all know to be true: that sport and recreation brings significant health, social, economic and cultural benefits to our country, and that these benefits will be essential as Western Australia begins returning to normality post-COVID. It is great to have recognition of the cohesive, community-building power of sport from the highest level of Federal Government - and I am sure everyone in the sector can feel extremely proud of the work they do, even in the difficult times we are currently facing.
A number of other decisions were also made today by National Cabinet that are relevant to the section, including:
It is important to note that State Governments will be responsible for decisions on the resumption of sport and recreation activities at both the community and professional level, with ultimate determination on the relaxing of restrictions to be made by the Commissioner of WA Police (as the State of Emergency Coordinator) following consultation with top public health officials. This particularly relevant for Western Australia, as our restrictions currently sit somewhere between level A and level B in the Framework.
Whilst we acknowledge the Framework provides a good guide for the resumption of sport and recreation, the West Australian Government's State of Emergency Declarations remain in place and take precedent. Of particular relevance to sports is the Closure and Restriction (Limit the Spread) Directions (No. 2) published online this Monday, which outlines the 10-person gathering requirement and the relevant business closures in place. These documents can all be found online here: https://www.wa.gov.au/government/document-collections/covid-19-coronavirus-state-of-emergency-declarations
I am aware there are also a number of State Sporting Associations that are not addressed in the Framework. This is why the Framework will only inform and guide decisions, not determine them.
Minister Murray will provide further specific advice for Western Australia when it becomes available following further National Cabinet meetings scheduled for next week.
Finally - I would just like to remind everyone that the Lotterywest Relief Fund is still currently open for applications. I encourage any sports who believe they may be eligible for support to contacting Lotterywest on 133 77 or via firstname.lastname@example.org and obtain an application form - and to also encourage their clubs and associations to do so.
Thank you all for your understanding, patience and proactivity during this period.
Executive Director Sport and Recreation
A/Executive Director Office of Multicultural Interests
Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
246 Vincent Street, Leederville WA 6007
Telephone 08 9492 9895