The Hon. David Templeman MLA

In 2017 the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries conducted a survey on attendance at arts and cultural activities and found that:

  • 40% of respondents attended at least one activity in the month prior to the survey;
  • 66% of respondents attended activities in the three months prior to the survey;
  • 87% of respondents attended or participated in an arts or cultural activity in the past two years;
  • Western Australians' access to, and participation in, arts and cultural activities increased, reaching a record high index score of 65 out of 100;
  • 94% consider it important for children to access arts and cultural activities as part of their education;
  • 81% believe that the government should invest in arts and cultural activities

With the Perth and Peel region undergoing major physical and cultural transformation, the Minister will provide an update on his portfolio.

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The Hon. David Templeman MLA Image
The Hon. David Templeman MLA

Minister for Local Government; Heritage; Culture and the Arts

David Templeman was born in Northam, Western Australia and proudly calls himself a country boy at heart. After being educated there he trained to be a drama teacher and commenced his teaching career in Three Springs before moving to Mandurah in 1988. He has always had a deep interest in the local communities he has lived in and in 1994 was elected to the City of Mandurah Council and served the Council for seven years, the last four as Deputy mayor, before his election to the State Parliament in February 2001.

He was re-elected as Member for Mandurah in 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2017. He was Minister for Child Protection, Seniors and Volunteering, Youth and the Peel Region from 2006 to 2007 then as Environment Minister, Minister for Climate Change and the Peel Region from 2007 to 2008. In March 2017 David was sworn in as Minister for Local Government, Heritage, and Culture and the Arts.

His passions include the arts, the environment, education, youth and community development. He is particularly interested in looking at how we can create opportunities for those people in our community who, for whatever reason, find themselves marginalised or isolated. Linked to this is a desire to develop a strong sense of identity for Mandurah. This desire to develop community and create a more cohesive approach to community concerns was his main motivation to stand for Parliament.

He has been an active participant in the Mandurah Arts sectors for many years and still performs in his annual Christmas Charity Show at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, which raises money for a Performing Arts Fellowship. The Fellowship supports local young people from the Peel Region who are pursuing careers in the Arts.

David lives in Mandurah with his wife Donna and their four children.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.