For many of us Christmas is a special time of year.
It is an opportunity to relax, enjoy some time off and celebrate with family and friends. While it is a very enjoyable time of year for some, it can also be a real challenge for others, particularly for people who may be disadvantaged, lonely or isolated. As we get set to wind down for the year, I encourage everyone to take a moment to consider those who are less fortunate and to embrace the spirit of Christmas in their local community.
This year the City has commenced some exciting projects, the largest being stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation. Great progress has been made since the project began in late July. Construction has stopped for the summer season, and all the fencing and equipment has been removed, so I encourage residents to head down over the summer break to check out the progress that’s been made and to support the wide range of shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Construction at the foreshore will resume on 18 February 2019.
While most of us get the chance to relax over the holiday break please spare a thought for the brave men and women in our police, emergency services and defence forces, especially those based at HMAS Stirling that are away, who will be working hard to keep us safe. It’s sure to be a busy period for them, so let’s do our bit to stay safe and ensure they all have a quiet Christmas this year.
After the Christmas festivities end we turn our attentions to ringing in the New Year. It is my pleasure to invite all residents to the City’s official New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Foreshore on Monday 31 December. From 5pm there will be entertainment for all ages and food vendors with fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight.
Whatever you are doing, where ever you may be going, I hope Christmas is everything you wished it would be. Please stay safe on the roads and look out for your family and friends if you are heading out to celebrate over the holiday period.
On behalf of my fellow councillors and the staff at the City of Rockingham, I would like to wish everyone in our community a merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year.
As part of the City of Rockingham’s Summer Series of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events, residents are invited to join the City in celebrating the New Year with family and friends at Churchill Park on Monday 31 December 2018.
The City’s annual New Year’s Eve Celebration starts from 5pm and will include live entertainment, free children’s activities and a selection of food vendors.
LIVE WIRE, Hit Factory, Abbasalutely and a range of local talent will keep crowds entertained throughout the evening, with spectacular fireworks displays at 9pm and midnight capping off festivities.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to join in the celebrations on New Year’s Eve.
“The City’s New Year’s Eve celebrations at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore are always a fantastic event that attracts a great crowd,” Mayor Sammels said.
“In recent years more than 20,000 people have attended the celebrations, which offer a great night out for everyone in a family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free environment.
“It’s a terrific opportunity to come together and reflect on the year’s memorable moments and remember how fortunate we are to be living in such a beautiful region, with award-winning beaches, an easy lifestyle, community events, excellent education, sports and recreational facilities.”
Additional parking for the event will be available at the Village Green and Dixon Road Reserve. The City has also arranged for Transperth to provide extended services for bus route 555 between the Rockingham Train Station and Rockingham Beach, to get spectators to and from the foreshore.
For the New Year’s Eve Celebration, bus route 555 will be operating on an 8 minute frequency between 4pm–6pm and will be extended until 1am, operating on a 15 minute frequency from 9pm.
The City also gratefully acknowledges support from event sponsors Lotterywest, Media Engine, Weekend Courier, AHG Rockingham, Rockingham Mazda and Total Kooling Solutions.
The City of Rockingham has won the 2018 Council Award of Excellence for Council Collaboration with the City of Kwinana.
From the 150 participating local governments across Australia, the Garage Sale Trail awards a handful awards each year in recognition of commitment to reuse and sustainability for communities through the program.
This year a photo shoot between founder Andrew Valder (pictured centre), Mayor Barry Sammels and City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams was organised to promote the program through the local paper shared by both local government areas. The importance of the reuse message was emphasised to the community by the collaborative promotion.
Approximately 170 garage sales and stalls were held across the City on 20–21 October, where shoppers had a selection of 38,667 pre-loved items to shop from. Over 3,700 City of Rockingham residents participated in the Garage Sale Trail over the two days.
A delegation from the City of Rockingham is in Japan this week for a series of meetings that will strengthen the long standing sister-city relationship between the cities of Ako and Rockingham.
The cities of Rockingham and Ako have been engaged in a mutually beneficial sister-city relationship since April 1997. For more than 20 years representatives from both cities have visited each other, with a small delegation from Rockingham travelling to Ako in Hyogo Prefecture earlier this week.
During this week’s visit the delegation from Rockingham has met with Ako City officials to explore possibilities for wide ranging improvements for both communities.
Topics of discussion have included employment, economic development, tourism, aged care, disability services, rubbish disposal and recycling, as well as responding to climate change and the future of the Ako – Rockingham exchange.
The delegation also had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Governor Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hyogo Prefecture. During this meeting Mayor Barry Sammels presented Governor Ido with a letter from Premier Mark McGowan.
In his letter to Governor Ido, Premier McGowan said he hoped the visit would provide positive improvements and outcomes for both communities. He also indicated his desire to see the relationship between Ako and Rockingham continue to thrive, along with other sister-city relationships involving cities in Hyogo Prefecture.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the visit to Ako was playing a vital role in strengthening the sister-city relationship.
“The meetings we have had with Governor Ido and many Ako City officials have given the delegation useful insights, ideas and knowledge that we can apply at home,” Mayor Sammels said.
“While both cities have vastly different histories, we both share the need to develop in areas like tourism, employment and economic development. Issues surrounding climate change, aged care and disability services are all universal, so by working together we can we can make lasting improvements to both of our communities.”
Upon their return, each member of the delegation will provide a written report to Council via the Global Friendship Committee. The reports will highlight the outcomes of the visit.
The City of Rockingham has released its Strategic Community Plan 2019–2029, which will shape the direction of the City over the next decade.
The updated community plan is the product of extensive engagement with the community that began with a series of “planning for the future” workshops between February and May 2018. During these workshops residents shared what they value most about Rockingham and what they wanted the City to be over the next 10–20 years.
Throughout this process more than 500 suggestions were received from people who have a stake in the future of the community including schools, local businesses, community members of a local charity, a working group of Rock Port subscribers and members of the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
The Strategic Community Plan 2019–2029 is underpinned by four key aspirations:
- Actively pursue tourism and economic development
- Grow and nurture community connectedness and wellbeing
- Plan for future generations
- Deliver quality leadership and business expertise.
Mayor Barry Sammels thanked residents for helping shape the future of their community throughout the consultation process.
“Every four years the City conducts a comprehensive review of its Strategic Community Plan and creates a new one that looks ahead to the next 10 years,” Mayor Sammels said.
“As our City is a rapidly changing place to live, it’s vital that this review considers the range of new factors and expectations that are influencing our development.
“The City thanks residents for their support and involvement in this process and looks forward to working closely with the community over the next 10 years to help fulfil the community vision and aspirations for the future.”
The City will track progress with the implementation of the Strategic Community Plan 2019–2029, with updates to be given on a regular basis.
Read more about the Strategic Community Plan 2019–2029.