An award-winning idea from Comet Bay College student Rachel Jones has come to life with her Childhood Pavement Games initiative rolled out at various sites across the City of Rockingham.
The 16-year-old student’s idea won the 2017 Len Sheedy How Would You Improve Your Community Competition, which encouraged students to come up with ideas about how they would improve their community.
Rachel’s entry was the winner and was implemented across Rockingham with help from the City and local businesses.
Games include circular maze, calculating caterpillars, dinner time Mr Wolf, twister, snail A-Z, hopscotch (turn), hopscotch (fairies) and traditional hopscotch.
The games are painted outside the Gary Holland Community Centre, Town Square in Baldivis, Lions Park in Shoalwater and there are two outside Secret Harbour Shopping Centre.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated Rachel for her award-winning idea.
“Each year students from different high schools across the City come up with a variety of ideas that are then judged during the competition, before being handed over to the City for assessment,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Rachel’s entry, which won the competition last year, was a fantastic idea and the City was thrilled to help her implement it across Rockingham with the help of local businesses.
“As a City we are fortunate to have a great number of talented young people wanting to make a positive difference in their community.”
Rachel said she was inspired to implement the initiative after playing similar games at school.
“Whenever I would be walking somewhere, I would look at the pathways and think of families and how active kids are, so I thought there could be a small activity for kids on the go,” Rachel said.
“I used to have similar games at my primary school and loved playing on them.”
The competition and rollout of the Childhood Pavement Games was made possible with support from Bendigo Bank, Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce, Tiny Tots, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby, Lions Rockingham, Charter Hall and Warnbro MLA Paul Papalia.
The City of Rockingham invites local young people aged 12 to 18 years to come along and enjoy the Youth Beach Party 2019, which will take place at Bell Park, Rockingham Foreshore, on Tuesday 15 January 2019.
The event starts at 2pm and will include live music from DJ Jeremy Tucker, land-based waterslides, free slushies and hamburgers.
Team members from Don’t Drink and Drown will run volleyball in the park while headspace Rockingham will also be in attendance making flower crowns.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be hosting the event once again in 2019.
“The Youth Beach Party is one of the City’s most popular annual events for young people,” Mayor Sammels said.
“It is a great opportunity for our younger residents to connect, relax and enjoy a day just for them.
“With the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation underway, the City decided to head to Bell Park for the event in 2019.”
About 1000 people attended the Youth Beach Party in 2018 and the City will be catering for up to 1500 in 2019.
During the event the City will provide shaded areas to relax, bean bags, free land-based water slides, security, first aid and youth workers to support the young people in attendance.
The City of Rockingham Youth Beach Party is part of the City’s Summer Series of alcohol free and smoke free events.
Young people will be required to have their bags checked on arrival and will need to pick up a wrist band from City staff to join in. The event will be accessible to people with disability.
From Monday 3 December 2018 the City of Rockingham will begin firebreak inspections in accordance with the City’s Fire Control Notice 2018/2019.
Ahead of inspections all owners/occupiers of property in the City have been encouraged to check they comply with the Fire Control Notice.
The inspection program is part of a nationwide effort to reduce the incidents and impact of unplanned fire. A fire control notice outlines the fire prevention measures property owners are required by law to undertake. The notice plays an important role in preventing or limiting the outbreak of fires, and penalties can apply if notices are not followed.
Mayor Barry Sammels said residents have until November 30 to carry out necessary fire prevention works on their property in accordance with the notice.
“Fire Control Notices are issued by local government annually and apply to land, both developed and undeveloped in the City, regardless of zoning,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Compliance inspection of properties will begin on 3 December 2018 and residents are encouraged to ensure that they comply with the relevant rules.
“By following the correct steps it will also make life easier for our emergency services to fight fires should they occur and provide an extra level of safety for residents who might find themselves at risk.”
Failure to comply with the City’s Fire Control Notice can result in a penalty of up to $5,000, plus any additional contractor and administration costs to carry out fire prevention works on non-compliant properties.
A Prohibited burning period is also in effect across the City from 1 December 2018 to 31 March 2019. No burning of any kind is permitted during this period.
For more information on fire control in the City call 9528 0333 or visit the City’s Fire Control web page.
The City of Rockingham, in partnership with the Women’s Council for Family and Domestic Violence Services (WA), officially hosted the Rockingham Purple Park Bench Commemorative Launch on Monday 26 November.
Located at City Park in Rockingham, the Purple Bench is part of an awareness campaign focusing on the prevalence of domestic and family violence in the community.Community members gathered around the new Purple Park Bench.
The commemorative bench will have a plaque honouring victims of domestic and family violence and will also provide contact numbers for help and support agencies.
The Purple Bench is part of an international initiative that began in Nova Scotia, Canada, which acknowledges the memory of women murdered by their partners. The colour was chosen in line with the global domestic violence awareness movement.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the Purple Bench would act as a stark reminder that domestic and family violence was a widespread issue in the community.
“The City of Rockingham is proud to support the Purple Bench initiative which honours those who have suffered from domestic and family violence,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Family and domestic violence affects people of all ages and backgrounds. Statistics show that one in three women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and that it is also the leading cause of homelessness for women and children in Australia.
“The commemorative Purple Bench at City Park will act as a strong reminder that domestic and family violence has a huge impact on the community. It will also provide contact numbers for help and support agencies that residents can access should they ever need assistance with domestic or family violence related matters.”
The launch of the Purple Bench initiative in Rockingham was held in association with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence international campaign.
Year 1 students from six primary schools across the City of Rockingham have been recognised as “Safety Heroes” after completing a safety-focused early intervention program developed by the City.
The Safety Heroes concept was developed as a result of the consultation that informed the development of the City’s Community Safety Strategy 2015 – 2020. A strong emphasis was placed on the need to provide emergency and safety education to the wider community, with the Safety Heroes program piloted in 2016 as a result.
Students from Bungaree, Baldivis, Cooloongup, Golden Bay, Port Kennedy primary schools and Malibu School, participated in a two-term program focused on emergency services, water, internet, home and community safety. Becoming a Safety Hero is an important achievement for the students as it teaches them to be aware of the actions needed to keep themselves, their family and community safe.
Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the students on completing the Safety Heroes program.
“Safety Heroes is a fun and interactive City program that is taught to the students in their classrooms and it was a delight for Councillors to visit local schools and present the students with their Safety Heroes cape and certificate at the end of the program,” Mayor Sammels said.
To help engage parents with the program, students are sent home with Safety Heroes Passports that are to be completed together.
“I congratulate all of the schools, students and parents who helped make the program a success this year and look forward to more schools getting involved in 2019.”
Councillors were joined at school assembly presentations by local police officers and the Constable Care mascot.
Upon completion of the program an independent evaluator assesses the content to ensure it delivers against learning outcomes. For 2018, Malibu School adapted the program to its own needs. All classroom resources for the Safety Heroes program are provided by the City.
For more information on the City’s Community Safety programs, call the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333.