Neighbours Encouraged to Unite

Neighbours Encouraged to Unite

Ahead of Neighbour Day on Sunday 31 March 2019, residents in the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to register and become a member of the City’s Neighbours Unite initiative.

Neighbour Day is an annual celebration held on the last Sunday of March each year and focusses on helping residents build lasting connections with neighbours on their street.

The City’s Neighbours Unite initiative is a local program that helps build on the values instilled by Neighbour Day. The aim of Neighbours Unite is to build a connected community where residents get to know and look out for each other.

As part of Neighbours Unite, those who register to become a member are eligible to receive a rebate to host a Neighbours Unite Activity. Neighbours Unite activities can include a barbecue, dog walk in a local park, high tea, picnic in the park or a national dish dinner. Residents are encouraged to be as creative as possible to enable them to get to know each other.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin encouraged residents to register and become part of Neighbours Unite.

“Neighbours Unite is a wonderful community initiative that brings residents of all ages and backgrounds together,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“At the City, we understand the benefits of connecting with your neighbours so we encourage residents to make every day Neighbour Day by joining Neighbours Unite.

“The City will provide residents with a rebate to host a Neighbours Unite activity and will also provide community safety information and other resources including invitations and a t-shirt for the host, to support an activity.”

Local resident Thelma Murphy recently hosted her own Neighbours Unite Activity in Warnbro and described it as a rewarding experience.

“It’s a great idea and for the effort to put it together, the satisfaction of the friendly atmosphere was so rewarding,” she said.

“This has been such a benefit to our little community and I can see already that friendships have been started.”

Neighbours Unite Activities aren’t limited to Neighbour Day and residents are encouraged to make every day a Neighbour Day.



Draft Tourist Destination Strategy Open for Public Comment

Draft Tourist Destination Strategy Open for Public Comment

The City of Rockingham Council endorsed the draft Tourist Destination Strategy (2019 – 2024) at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 26 March 2019, with the strategy now open for public comment.

The Tourist Destination Strategy establishes the City’s strategic direction and priorities for marketing the Rockingham region to tourists. Its key objective is to effectively and measurably promote Rockingham as Western Australia’s premium coastal destination.

The strategy stems from the City’s Strategic Community Plan (2019–2029) which identified actively pursuing tourism and economic development as one of our community’s aspirations. It has been developed after extensive consultation with the local community, businesses and industry experts.

In February 2018 the City established the Tourism Strategy Development Advisory Group (TSDAG) which consists of representatives from local businesses, Destination Perth, Tourism WA, the Perth Convention Bureau , Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Rockingham, the Rockingham Visitor Centre, the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions, and Councillor Andy Burns.

Local residents and the business community also contributed their ideas on how to best promote Rockingham to the rest of the world during a series of Community Plan workshops help throughout 2018. The City also conducted a community survey and held a business workshop in association with the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce.

The new strategy identifies and prioritises five key strategic elements to actively pursuing tourism:

  1. Destination marketing (targeting eco and adventure tourism)
  2. Visitor servicing (face-to-face and digital)
  3. Coastal development and activation
  4. Events activation (entertainment destination)
  5. Mid-tier MICE attraction (meetings, incentives, conferences and events)

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin said the Tourist Destination Strategy would be central to the success of boosting tourism in Rockingham.

“Rockingham is the place where the coast comes to life and we are blessed to have an abundance of fantastic environmental assets including breathtaking coastline, stunning wildlife and exciting ecoadventures right on our doorstep,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“The Tourist Destination Strategy outlines a robust plan of action that will empower the City to take advantage of these assets and become WA’s premier coastal destination – as a place to visit, live and invest in.

“I encourage residents to visit the City’s website and make a submission on the strategy via the Share Your Thoughts page.”

The draft Tourist Destination Strategy will be open for public comment until Wednesday 24 April 2019. Residents can make a submission on the strategy on Share your thoughts.



Join in the Art Explosion School Holiday Fun

Join in the Art Explosion School Holiday Fun

If your children are looking for something fun to do during the April school holidays, then look no further than the City of Rockingham’s Art Explosion program.

Taking place at the Rockingham Arts Centre from Monday 15 April to Wednesday 24 April 2019, children from the ages of four to 15 will be able to get their hands dirty in a range of creative workshops.

Delivered in two-part sessions by facilitator Tich Dixon, children and young people will be able to learn how to mould, sculpt and glaze their own pieces of clay artwork. During the program participants will be able to create hanging decorations, pinch pots and lanterns.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin encouraged participants to register before the workshops filled up.Rockingham Arts Centre

“The Rockingham Arts Centre provides the community with a range of fun artistic events and the Art Explosion program is the latest in a series of activities that will delight our younger residents,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“With guidance from a specialised facilitator, children and young people who participate will be able to create their own pieces of artwork that they can take home and enjoy long after the school holidays are finished. The Rockingham Arts Centre workshops are very popular, so I encourage those who are interested to register as soon as possible.”

The program costs $15 per participant. For workshops involving four to seven year olds, parents are required to attend for the duration of both workshops.

Registrations close on Friday 29 March 2019. To make a booking please contact the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am–3pm, Monday to Friday or email

The full list of workshops is available on the Rockingham Arts Centre page and is as follows:

Ages 4–7 years (Group 1)

Hanging Decorations: 10am–11.30am
Monday 15 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Monday 22 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop

Ages 4–7 years (Group 2)

Hanging Decorations: 10am–11.30am
Tuesday 16 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Tuesday 23 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop

Ages 7–12 years (Group 1)

Pinch Pots: 12pm–2pm
Monday 15 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Monday 22 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop

Ages 7–12 years (Group 2)

Pinch Pots: 12pm–2pm
Tuesday 16 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Tuesday 23 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop

Ages 10–15 years (Group 1)

Lanterns: 10am–12pm
Wednesday 17 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Wednesday 24 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop

Ages 10–15 years (Group 2)

Lanterns: 12.30pm–2.30pm
Wednesday 17 April 2019 | Clay sculpture workshop
Wednesday 24 April 2019 | Painting/glazing workshop



Smart City of Rockingham

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels and CEO Michael Parker are currently attending the 2019 Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE) in Taipei, to participate in five days of conferences and exhibitions regarding global best practice in smart city technology.

Together with other mayors and CEOs from the South West Group, of which Mayor Sammels is the current chair, they are attending SCSE to gain exposure to new developments and strategic possibilities in e-governance, sustainable cities, harnessing the 5G network and a wide range of other topics related to the application of new technology to servicing the community.

“As the internet, and the abundance of devices connected to it, continues to grow, opportunities exist for innovations in the way local governments do business,” said Mayor Sammels.

With more than 150 mayors expected to join in the 2019 SCSE, a feature of the event is the Smart City Mayors’ Summit, a high-level dialogue platform for city leaders from around the world.

Mayor Sammels said “To ensure the City is well placed to capitalise on new technology we need to understand its strategic application to local government. The opportunity to meet with other mayors and CEOs to discuss how to take best advantage of this critically important aspect of the City’s development is invaluable.”

CEO Michael Parker said “The City’s primary interest in the SCSE is not so much the technologies themselves, but the underlying strategies being developed to make use of those new technologies to streamline and improve our service delivery.”

“Attending the SCSE gives us the opportunity to meet with innovators in this area and learn firsthand how to leverage the huge potential of new and emerging technologies to meet the challenges facing a local government in a rapidly growing community.”

Both the Mayor and CEO are being sponsored by the South West Group, with assistance from Austrade, so their attendance is at minimal cost to the City of Rockingham.



Baldivis South Community Centre Complete Ahead of Schedule

Baldivis South Community Centre Complete Ahead of Schedule

The City of Rockingham is delighted to announce that construction on the Baldivis South Community Centre has been completed.

Construction on the facility, which began in June 2018, finished approximately four months ahead of schedule earlier this month.

With practical completion accomplished, the City is now in the process of commissioning and testing the facility before it becomes available for bookings in mid-April.

Once the building is available for public use, bookings will managed through the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.

Residents will be able to book a number of spaces including the Banksia Hall (Main Hall), Grevillea Room (Activity Room 1), Paperbark Room (Activity Room 2), and Sheoak Room (Counselling Room).

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the 650 square metre facility was a multipurpose venue capable of holding a number of user groups.

“The Baldivis South Community Centre is an exciting new development that will provide Baldivis and the wider community with much needed spaces for hire,” Mayor Sammels said.

“In addition to being a rentable space, the Baldivis South Community Centre also has supporting amenities including a children’s play space, car parking and landscaped areas. The facility will also provide additional resources for the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre, which is experiencing huge demand for its community spaces.”

“The City also gratefully acknowledges funding support from Lotterywest, which provided a $900,000 grant for the project. We would also like to thank Holton Connor Architects and Planners and ADCO Constructions for helping to deliver the project well ahead of schedule.”

The Baldivis South Community Centre is located on the corner of Borough Road and Lamorak Way in Baldivis.



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