Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition Award Winners

Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition Award Winners

Sculptors from Hillman Primary School and Living Waters Lutheran College have been crowned as winners at the City of Rockingham’s 2018 Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition.

The winners were recognised during an awards night at the Rockingham Arts Centre on 21 September, with Hillman’s “Mr Re-Use It All” and Living Waters’ “Mind Manipulator” the standouts from 11 primary and secondary school entries.

The exhibition focused on promoting the re-use of objects and included more than 200 students who worked closely with five local artists in a residency program to create their sculptures.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition gave students a chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.

“The results of the sculptures at the Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition were highly creative and a testament to the skills of all the students involved,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It is fantastic to see the level of work produced for the exhibition and is a great reminder that most modern materials can be re-used more than once.”

“Both Hillman Primary School and Living Waters Lutheran College’s sculptures were designed brilliantly and inspired some thought provoking messages.”

Hillman’s “Mr Re-Use It All” was designed to remind people of the harm waste can cause in our oceans, while Living Waters’ “Mind Manipulator” addressed issues surrounding how young people’s minds can be manipulated through the media.

In the past, the Up-Cycle Art Project sculptures had been displayed alongside the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition.

However, due to the cancellation of 2018 Castaways Sculpture Awards, for the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, this year’s school component was a standalone exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

“The City would also like to thank Alcoa and the Rockingham Lions Club for their support of the 2018 Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Without their contribution the awards would not be possible.”

The City also thanks all the students who participated in creating sculptures from the following schools:

Living Waters Lutheran College, Malibu School, South Coast Baptist College, Rockingham Montessori Adolescent Program, Baldivis Secondary College, Hillman Primary School, East Waikiki Primary School, Port Kennedy Primary School, Safety Bay Primary School, Rockingham Montessori School, Rockingham Lakes Primary School.


Breakthrough Music Competition Winners

Breakthrough Music Competition Winners

The courtyard of the Rockingham Arts Centre was bouncing to the sounds of the annual Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition grand final on 23 September, as young performers seized the chance to showcase their talents.

Contestants aged 12-24 entertained the crowd with a variety of musical genres during the final, which was made all the more competitive with a pool of $10,000 worth of cash and prizes up for grabs.

In the junior division Brooke Bugeja (right) took out first place ahead of Ree Peric and Ella-Grace while Cecilia Brandolini (below) was crowned the winner in the senior category ahead of Rachel Elder and Tijana Simich.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the winners on their efforts in the final.

“The quality of all entrants in the 2018 Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition was fantastic and I congratulate the winners on their outstanding performances,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Breakthrough continues to go from strength-to-strength each year and opens up some amazing opportunities for all the young performers that take part.”

Heats for the competition began in early September, with live performances taking place at Secret Harbour Square, Warnbro Centre and Rockingham Centre ahead of the final.

This year the final was held alongside the Up-Cycle Art Project Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

Mayor Sammels also thanked Act-Belong-Commit Mentally Healthy WA, Healthway, Warnbro Centre, Stockland Baldivis, Rockingham Centre, Secret Harbour Square (Charter Hall) and Take Eight Productions for their support of this year’s competition.


Community Plan Vision, Aspirations and Strategic Objectives Endorsed by Council

Community Plan Vision, Aspirations and Strategic Objectives Endorsed by Council

The City of Rockingham’s Community Plan Vision, Community Aspirations and Strategic Objectives (2019-2029) was officially endorsed at the Council meeting on 25 September.

The City held a series of “planning for the future” workshops between February and May 2018 where the community shared what they valued most about Rockingham and what they wanted the City to aspire to be over the next 10-20 years.

More than 500 sets of inputs were received during this process which included feedback from a range of groups including local businesses, schools, community members of a local charity, the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee and a working group of Rock Port subscribers.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the Community Plan Vision, Community Aspirations and Strategic Objectives (2019-2029) outlined the community’s vision for the City over the next decade and would help guide the City’s future strategic planning.

“The City thanks the community for their support and involvement and looks forward to working closely with residents over the next 10 years to help fulfill the community aspirations,” Mayor Sammels said.

The Community Plan Vision, Community Aspirations and Strategic Objectives (2019-2029) is underpinned by four key aspirations and they include:

  • Actively pursue tourism and economic development
  • Grow and nurture community connectedness and wellbeing
  • Plan for future generations
  • Deliver quality leadership and business expertise

The 2019-2029 Strategic Community Plan will be released in January 2019.


2018 Sports Star Award Winners Announced

2018 Sports Star Award Winners Announced

A Rugby Union club, soccer team, motocross rider, BMX rider, judo athlete, Little Athletics lifetime achiever and Integrated AFL and cricket volunteer were all recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2018 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards.

More than 100 guests were in attendance at the Gary Holland Community Centre for the 22nd annual Sports Star Awards on 20 September, which acknowledged the people and clubs who have shown outstanding efforts in their chosen sport.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels saluted the contribution of the 28 finalists and seven winners at the awards.

“Sport is a vital element in creating a physically and mentally healthy community and the Sports Star Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the athletes, clubs and volunteers who excel in their chosen sports,” Mayor Sammels said.

“We are fortunate to have an active sporting community that thrives on the local, state, national and international sporting stage and I congratulate all of this year’s finalists and winners on their efforts.

“The City prides itself on being a fantastic place for all sports and we will continue to go from strength to strength when we host the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games in October 2019.”

The Sports Star Awards began in 1997 and have continued to grow each year, becoming one of the premiere events on the local sporting calendar.

This year’s prize pool consisted of a total of $15,000, including cash prizes, vouchers and personal/group fitness packages.

The City would like to acknowledge sponsors of the 2018 Sports Star Awards for their commitment and support including The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.

The 2018 Sports Star Award winners include:

  • Club of the Year: Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club
  • Team of the Year: Rockingham City Football Club – U13’s Metro Division 2 Team
  • Senior Sportsperson: Luke Gaisford (Motocross)
  • Junior Sportsperson: Jordan Callum (BMX)
  • Sportsperson with Disability: Michael Nvota (Judo)
  • Volunteer of the Year:  Wayne Hunt (Integrated AFL & Cricket)
  • John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award: Bob Chalmers (Little Athletics)


City of Rockingham Wins Bid to Host Special Olympics

City of Rockingham Wins Bid to Host Special Olympics

The City of Rockingham has been selected by Special Olympics WA to host the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games.

The games will be held from 4 – 7 October 2019 and will welcome athletes from across WA as they compete to be crowned the best across 10 different sports.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was excited to be hosting the games for the first time in 2019.

“The City of Rockingham is proud to be a community that welcomes athletes from all sporting backgrounds and we are delighted to be hosting the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Sport plays an important role in fostering mentally and physically healthy communities and the 2019 Special Olympics WA State Games gives us a great opportunity to support some of the best athletes with intellectual disability in their respective sports.”

Special Olympics Australia began in 1976 and has more than 3,100 athletes competing in 18 different sports across the country – with about 300 athletes competing in WA.

Events Coordinator – Special Olympics WA, Cait McGowan, said they were thrilled to be partnering with the City of Rockingham for the event.

“We are overjoyed by the support the City is providing and are even more excited to make this the best State Games yet,” Ms McGowan said.

Globally, Special Olympics is the largest sporting organisation in the world for people with intellectual disability, providing year round training and competition for 5 million athletes in 172 countries.



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