City of Rockingham Interactive Map

City of Rockingham Interactive Map

Ever wanted to know the location of every public reserve in Rockingham, and which ones have BBQ’s, play equipment, public toilets or permit animals?

Or the location of every item on the Heritage List?

Or the location of every bus stop and public transport route?

Or even just the exact size of your neighbours block of land?

What about what area’s are considered prone to bushfire risk, prone to flooding, are considered rural, special rural or special use, are part of the Coastal Vulnerability Area, or are subject to a local development plan.

If like me, you get all nerdy and excited looking at maps, head over to the City of Rockingham website and have a play with our very own Interactive Map.



Michael Parker appointed as City of Rockingham CEO

Michael Parker appointed as City of Rockingham CEO

Following a comprehensive selection process over the past four months the City of Rockingham is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Michael Parker as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Parker has been the CEO of the Shire of Harvey for the past 15 years and was previously the CEO at the Shire of Wagin.

Mayor Barry Sammels said “The search for a suitable candidate has been a long and involved one, with many steps to be taken. But Council is very confident we have found the ideal person for this very important role.”

At the first ordinary general meeting following outgoing CEO Andrew Hammond’s resignation on 20 November 2017 the City appointed a CEO Recruitment Committee comprising Mayor Barry Sammels, Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin, and Councillors Chris Elliot and Joy Stewart.

Lester Blades Executive Search was engaged to assist with the search for a suitable candidate. A total of 67 applications were received from around Australia.

Six candidates were interviewed by the CEO Recruitment Committee. At a special meeting on 19 April Council resolved to authorise Mayor Sammels to commence negotiations with the preferred candidate regarding the contractual details and remuneration package.

Mayor Sammels said “The CEO’s role is absolutely vital to the implementation of Council’s vision for the City of Rockingham. We are delighted to have found a candidate of Michael’s calibre who has the experience and the enthusiasm to fill the requirements of this role. We are looking forward to his contribution to the City over coming years.”

“Michael is a Fellow of Local Government Professionals Australia, and previous Board Member and State President of Local Government Managers Australia. He has been part of many representative boards and management committees including an ex-officio role on the WA Local Government Association State Council. He was also the recipient of the 2012 LGMA Medal and the 2016 WALGA Distinguished Officer Award.”

Mr Parker has been given a five-year contract and will start work at the City of Rockingham on 6 August 2018.

Rockingham Christmas Festival 2018

Rockingham Christmas Festival 2018

Planning has already started for this years Christmas Festival and for the first time we’re going to have a parade.

The staff at the City are already in discussions with the North Pole about getting the big guy himself to attend.

My questions to everyone is, how best could he make a big entrance. Could he skydive down from his sleigh? Could he water-ski in from over the horizon?

What’s your thoughts?



Andy’s Council Meeting Agenda Summary – April 2018

Andy’s Council Meeting Agenda Summary – April 2018

The April Council meeting will be held this Tuesday at 6:00pm. For those who are interested in the reading the whole Agenda, the Bulletins and the Reports, you’ll find them all on the City’s website. The link is at the bottom of this post. If you’d prefer a summary of the main items, read on…..


Endorsement and acceptance of the Local Government Compliance Audit for 2017

The purpose of the audit is to show that Council has met its statutory obligations under the various provisions of the Local Government Act 1995 and other relevant Acts and Regulations.


Adoption of the Municipal Heritage Inventory and Heritage List Review

There are a number of heritage listed sites around Rockingham. The review seeks to update the level of significance for existing existing sites, and the proposal of new sites to be considered Heritage Listed.
17 new sites are proposed, including the former Rockingham Fire Station on Hefron Street, the former Sorrento Guest House on Safety Bay Road, Baldivis Reserve, and the East Rockingham Heritage Precinct.
For those who are interested in the history of Rockingham, there’s a great deal of info in the Municipal Heritage Inventory Report.


Proposed closure of a Pedestrian Access Way in Waikiki.

The City received an application from 14 property owners seeking to close the Pedestrian Access Way in their street, claiming anti-social behaviour as their main justification. As a result the City officers conducted a survey of 658 properties with a 400 metre radius of the Pedestrian Access Way, and studied the potential impact of closing it.


Consideration of Tenders – Construction of the Baldivis South Community Centre.

The Baldivis South Community Centre will include various functional spaces, accessible to community groups and organisations’ through the City’s internal booking process. The Community Centre will be a one storey multi-use community facility, comprising a 150m² multipurpose hall, two activity rooms suited to playgroup / crèche type activities including a fenced outdoor play area, kitchen, counselling and consulting rooms, toilets, air-conditioning and a 59 bay carpark at the rear of the site, plus six car bays at the front including two disabled bays. The construction cost is expected to be around $2.9 million.
The tender was advertised earlier this year and received a number of submissions. The City’s experts have assessed the tenders and have made a recommendation for the Council to consider.


Consideration of Tenders – Construction of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation.

The works to be carried out at Rockingham Beach Foreshore represent a number of challenges for the City. It is a complex project and highly visible. There are three sections to the works: reconfiguration of Railway Terrace to make it more pedestrian friendly; the Beach Plaza as a series of pedestrianised events spaces; and an expanded and upgraded Boardwalk. The budget for this project is approximately $11.5 million.
The tender was advertised earlier this year and received a number of submissions. The City’s experts have assessed the tenders and have made a recommendation for the Council to consider.


Approval of the Proposed 2018/2019 Fees and Charges

The fees and charges the City collects are heavily regulated by the Local Government Act 1995. They cover a variety of issues from Building Applications to Library Late Fees. When establishing the fees and charges the City takes into consideration the cost of providing the service or goods, the importance of the service or goods to the community, and the price at which the service or goods could be provided by an alternative provider. A complete breakdown is available in the Reports.


Tourism Strategy Development Advisory Group. (TSDAG)

The purpose of the TSDAG is to provide local industry perspectives and expert advice during the development of Rockingham’s tourism strategy. Since being established in March, the group has had one meeting. As a result of changes at Tourism Rockingham, the Council need to endorse the inclusion of a new member.


Point Peron Coastal Park

Unfortunately this is something that won’t be discussed this month as Cr Summers withdrew her Notice of Motion at the Planning and Engineering Service Committee meeting held on Monday 16 April. Personally, I’m disappointed as I’ve always been an outspoken supporter of keeping Point Peron as a natural Eco-Tourism location and was looking forward to discussing Cr Summers proposal. It’s a difficult situation for the City because the majority of the land is owned by the State Government, however I believe the Council should be doing as much as it can to ensure the protection Point Peron.


Revocation Motion – Community Grants Program

This is a technical governance issue raised recently by Cr Downham. The Community Grants Program was updated at the January 2018 Council meeting, but much of the discussion and information sessions were held prior to the last election. Cr Downham’s position, that I support, is that the newly elected Councillors – myself and Cr Jones – were asked to vote on an issue without full access to the information. This motion seeks to bring the topic back for full consideration.


Official Offroad Motorbike Area within the City boundaries.

Apart from designated competition venues, there are currently six sites within Western Australia that allow unlicensed and non-regulated bikes to be ridden in specially designated off-road vehicle areas. These are; Gnangara – Gnangara Road, Kwinana – Thomas Road, Lancelin – Ledge Point, Pinjar – near Barbagallo Raceway, York, and Karratha. The Council will be discussing whether or not to direct the City to identify opportunities of an off road bike site within the City of Rockingham.

For links to the Agenda, Bulletins and Reports, visit the City of Rockingham Website



Rockingham Residents Supporting Each Other

Rockingham Residents Supporting Each Other

A local family is doing their bit to support our community by helping families and single parents who are struggling to put food on the table access basic products that may otherwise go to waste.

A few times a week, Karren and her family are setting up her tables and a small gazebo in the front garden of their Cooloongup home and encouraging local residents to come along and pick up prepacked bags of bread rolls, loafs and the occasional sweet treat. On a number of occasions Karen and her daughter have gone to local supermarkets buying food and other essentials using their own money to help distraught and struggling families.

I dropped in today to meet Karren and her supporters. She says the response she’s received from local businesses has been great, but she is still finding herself turning people away because the demand far outstrips the supply. She has an arrangement in place to collect bread from a local supermarket a few times a week, but is on the lookout for other local businesses that can offer their support. It could be anything from food that can’t be sold because it’s past its use-by date or items such as canned goods that are slightly damaged, to professional services such as a lawn-mowing or handyman business who wouldn’t mind doing the occasional job for locals who can’t do it themselves due to disability etc.

If you are in a position to help, or in need of help yourself, contact me and I’ll put you in touch with Karren.



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