Volunteers Recognised at Annual Celebration

Volunteers Recognised at Annual Celebration

Volunteers from across the City of Rockingham were formally recognised for their outstanding contribution to the community during the City of Rockingham’s Volunteer Recognition Celebration on Thursday 23 May 2019.

More than 50 volunteers from a range of not-for-profit organisations, sporting clubs and community groups were acknowledged for their incredible work during the celebration at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

The Volunteer Recognition Celebration was held to honour the crucial work volunteers do, with local organisations requested to nominate one volunteer from their organisation.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the volunteers involved for their terrific achievements. “Volunteers are one of the most important resources that our City has and their generosity contributes towards creating a strong community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is truly grateful for their hard work and determination. The commitment they have all shown to their respective clubs, groups and organisations is fantastic and we are a richer community thanks to their inspiring efforts.”

The City’s Volunteer Recognition Celebration was held during Volunteering Australia’s 30th annual National Volunteer Week. The theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 is ‘Making a World of Difference’ and the City recognises the hard work and dedication all volunteers show in helping the community.

The City also thanks Volunteering WA for supporting National Volunteer Week activities.

Should you wish to become a volunteer or should your community group require volunteers contact the Rockingham Volunteer Centre on 9528 8670 or email volunteering@rockingham.wa.gov.au.


Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup Primary School students are now more familiar with the road rules, after the City of Rockingham provided them with an opportunity to make a special visit to the Constable Care Road Safety School.

Located in Maylands, the Constable Care Safety School gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about vital pedestrian, bicycle and public transport safety skills.

The facility is equipped with a purpose-built classroom complex and a realistic layout of Perth’s streets. It also features cutting-edge augmented reality in a simulated-risk environment that is designed to help students learn.

The school’s visit to the Constable Care Safety School was made possible thanks to a partnership the City shares with Constable Care. This agreement also facilitates the opportunity for Constable Care performances in every primary and secondary school in the Rockingham area.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was important for students to learn about road safety at an early age.

“Road trauma is a significant issue that all motorists and passengers in Western Australia need to be aware of, so it’s vital that our youngest residents become familiar with the rules on our roads,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While they may not be sitting behind the wheel yet, it is important for young students to know how to safely cross a busy intersection, hail a bus, spot hazards as a passenger in the car and to understand the rules around cyclists.

“The Constable Care Safety School experience highlights all of these important points and links them directly to the WA primary school curriculum.”

Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition

Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition

The stories of Nyoongar people with a connection to Rockingham will be on display throughout National Reconciliation Week 2019, as the Rockingham Central Library hosts the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition from 25 May–1 June.

Comprising audio material and photographic portraits, the exhibition will feature 10 local Nyoongar people sharing stories about their lives and experiences.

In addition to the exhibition, the audio material created through the project will be made available through the City of Rockingham Library catalogue as an online resource for the whole community. Transcripts of each of the stories will also be produced, and a compilation CD has been created using excerpts from each of the stories shared.

Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to come along, listen and view the exhibition during National Reconciliation Week.

“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for people throughout the community to come together and the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition will help residents learn more about the history and culture of Nyoongar people,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The stories shared in the exhibition are personal and in some places are about profoundly painful experiences that have shaped lives. They also speak of courage, resilience, joy, pride and the enjoyment of simple pleasures.

“Through these stories we also get to hear about the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and cultural knowledge that links people living here today with a long line of ancestors.”

The City engaged oral historian Jemma King and project coordinator Ivy Penny to work with local Nyoongar community members to record their stories for the exhibition.

Photography for the project was contributed by Trevor Walley and Hannah Salt, with musical material supplied by Justin Martin.

“The City’s Aboriginal Advisory Group played a central role in making this project happen and the City thanks all of the members for contributing their ideas, their knowledge and their valuable time, to make sure it was successful,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is currently in the process of developing its third Reconciliation Action Plan. Our consultations with the community, and with City staff, have highlighted the importance of increasing community cultural awareness.”

“Providing opportunities such as this exhibition, and the audio material that has been created through the project, is an important step towards achieving this.”

The exhibition is open from 9am–7pm on Monday to Thursday, 9am–5pm on Friday and 9am–12pm on Saturday.

Rockingham City to Acknowledge National Reconciliation Week

Rockingham City to Acknowledge National Reconciliation Week

The City of Rockingham will acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2019 from 27 May to 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week is held annually and offers an opportunity for all Australians to learn about the nation’s Aboriginal history, cultures and achievements, and to explore the ways that the community can achieve reconciliation together. It is held in late May and early June as the dates mark the anniversaries of the historic 1967 Referendum and the landmark Mabo decision in 1992.

The theme for 2019 is Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage. This theme highlights that at the heart of reconciliation, is the relationship between the broader Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This relationship, if it is to prosper, must be grounded on a foundation of truth.

As part of the City’s recognition of National Reconciliation Week, banners will be displayed on Central Promenade in Rockingham for the entire week.
The banners are part of a project coordinated by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries that will feature over 415 banners displayed across WA, featuring the work of Aboriginal artist Ms Valmayi Nampitjinpa.

From Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June the City will also display the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition at Rockingham Central Library.

The exhibition will celebrate and share the outcomes that have been accomplished through a project that seeks to connect the community with the stories and voices of Nyoongar people who are connected to Rockingham.


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