City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly host a number of community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019, with residents across the City invited to attend.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July and give people the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always wanted an enhanced role in decision making in Australia’s democracy.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be participating in a series of events that focused on bringing the community closer together.

“The City of Rockingham recognises the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and the links of people living here today, with a long line of ancestors,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Rockingham is a wonderful, diverse community and NAIDOC Week represents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“While NAIDOC Week will officially be held from 7 – 14 July, the City will be hosting multiple events throughout June, July and August so residents have the best possible chance to participate in a series of exciting activities.”


NAIDOC Week events

City of Rockingham events celebrating NAIDOC Week include:


Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration Event

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Come along and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community. Cultural performances, fun activities and food available.


Cultural Walking Tour – Point Peron

When: Friday 12 July 2019
Where: Point Peron, Rockingham
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Suitable for all ages, this guided tour will give an in-depth perspective of Point Peron. Participants will receive a spiritual introduction to the land and sea while enjoying Nyoongar language and traditional dream time stories. Free event. Bookings essential.


Art Exhibition “Danjoo-Interwoven”

When: Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Arts Centre
Time: 10am – 3pm daily
Danjoo – Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in WA. Artworks by 18 Aboriginal artists will be on display. Free event.


Native Herbs and Spices Workshop

When: Thursday 25 July 2019
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Join Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi to learn about native herbs and spices and their uses in food and medicine. Free event. Bookings essential.


Film Screening – “Jasper Jones”

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Come celebrate the 2019 NAIDOC theme – ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with a special screening of a landmark award winning feature film Jasper Jones. Free event. Refreshments provided.


Act-Belong-Commit Cooking Workshop

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Autumn Centre, Rockingham
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Join Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as she shares a wealth of knowledge about native foods and Aboriginal land management, while cooking an easy and nutritional meal to enjoy. Free event. Bookings essential.


Weaving Workshop

When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Learn the art of contemporary Aboriginal weaving using natural and hand dyed raffia with award winning Aboriginal Artist Lea Taylor. Bookings essential. Cost $5.50 pp. Suitable for 18+.

For more information about these events or to book your place contact 9528 0333.


Men’s Health Week a Major Success in Rockingham

Men’s Health Week a Major Success in Rockingham

Men’s Health Week 2019 has proven to be a huge hit with residents across the City of Rockingham, with a number of community events drawing a fantastic turnout.

Men’s Health Week, which runs each year throughout June, is a national initiative that provides opportunities to address important issues regarding men’s health.

Backed each year by a specific theme, the campaign focuses on raising the profile of men and their health needs. In 2019 the theme was Men and Families. Keeping Boys and Men Healthy.

This year the City proudly hosted seven different activities for men of all ages.
On Monday 10 June the City’s Men’s Health Week program began with a workshop which gave more than 20 local sporting clubs, community group representatives and volunteer involving organisations some helpful tips on how they can support fellow club members who may be experiencing mental health issues.

This workshop was followed by a Bloke’s Bootcamp at the Aqua Jetty on Tuesday 11 June. Men from the ages of 20 – 82 worked up a sweat to boost their health before capping off their efforts with a healthy meal.

A group of men then had the opportunity on Wednesday 12 June to transform their thinking about food during a nutrition workshop where they prepared healthy nachos, pizzas and burgers.

On Thursday 13 June more than 30 men from the ages of eight to 80 tried their hand in creating an artistic masterpiece during the Bloke’s Art Class event at the Drop Inn.

Following this a number of dads got the chance to enjoy an exciting robotics workshop with their children at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre on Friday 14 June.

The City’s Men’s Health Week events finished with a 3D printing workshop at the Safety Bay Library on Saturday 15 June and a meeting of local fathers at the Coffee Club in Baldivis on Sunday 16 June to kick start a new support group for local dads.

Mayor Barry Sammels thanked all participants for making Men’s Health Week 2019 the biggest and best yet.

“The City was delighted to be able to host a wide range of activities that addressed all facets of men’s health, with men of all ages and backgrounds participating,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It is well known that many men often experience difficulty in addressing issues surrounding their physical and mental health, so it was fantastic to see such a great turnout from men across the community at the City’s Men’s Health Week events.

“I sincerely hope these activities have inspired men across Rockingham to proactively ensure they are doing the absolute best they can to look after their health.”


Council Adopts 2019/2020 Budget

Council Adopts 2019/2020 Budget

The City of Rockingham Council adopted the 2019/2020 Annual Budget at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 25 June 2019, with the new budget set to help the City meet the needs of one of the fastest growing local governments in Western Australia.

The budget incorporates a 3.6% increase for all residential properties in the City, which equates to an average increase of approximately $50 per annum.

In WALGA’s 2018/2019 statistics the City was 21st out of 31 local governments for average residential rates, ranked highest to lowest, and its average rates were below the metropolitan average.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the 2019/2020 Annual Budget would assist the City in delivering infrastructure, services and programs for the community.

“The City of Rockingham is one of the fastest growing areas in WA, with the City’s population growing at double the state average,” Mayor Sammels said.

“This increase in population has led to a huge demand for vital community infrastructure and services. In the past five years alone, the value of the City’s assets increased from $632 million to $2.1 billion and the City is required to maintain these assets for the community’s benefit.

“As the City continues to grow it is also required to take on additional infrastructure from developers.”

A number of important capital expenditure projects for 2019/2020 will be carried out in the budget.

They include:

  • construction of stage one of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex
  • Point Peron boat launching facility upgrades
  • refurbishment of the 25m and 50m pools at the Aqua Jetty in Warnbro
  • construction of the Rockingham Youth Centre
  • stage three of the Port Kennedy Drive duplication project
  • refurbishment of the Safety Bay Library.
  • renewal at the Cooloongup Skate Park.

“The City understands the current economic climate may be difficult for some residents, which is why we are committed to providing a number of options to help people pay rates,” Mayor Sammels said.

“These options include Rates Smoothing, instalment payments, and direct debits either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.”

For more information on rates in the City of Rockingham visit Rates FAQs.

See budget and finance for a copy of the 2019/2020 Annual Budget.


Dept of Communities 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness

Dept of Communities 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness

At last nights WALGA Zone Meeting, one of the topics on the agenda was our proposed submission to the Dept of Communities Directions Paper for the 10 Year Strategy on Homelessness Western Australia 2019-2029.

During our discussions at the meeting a consensus was reached that overall we’re in support of the Directions Paper, but that two key points were missing.

  1. The paper acknowledges that the Dept of Communities are the lead Government Department to address the issue, and that they need to really step up and start to lead from the front. There are a great many agencies, departments and service providers already working to address homelessness, but the Dept of Communities needs to take charge and really make sure all the others are working together, rather than in isolation.
  2. There was not enough attention given to the steep decrease in the availability of social housing over the past generation and the effect that has on homelessness overall. There is currently a 7 year wait for qualifying applicants to access state housing and yet there is no money in the state budget to increase the availability of state owned housing. We believe that an investment in building more state owned housing would not only reduce the waiting time, but also support the WA building industry.

Below are some of the key points from the 42 page document. The whole document is available via the link below if you’re interested. As always, happy to discuss or answer any questions via Facebook, email or give me a call.

The Dept released the paper to share the work that has been done so far and to seek feedback on how to better support those who are at risk of, or experiencing homelessness.

Like most things in Government, it’s a long process. Community consultations for the strategy were held throughout regional and metropolitan Western Australia in September and October last year. Consultations were held in Broome, Kununurra, Port Hedland, Karratha, Geraldton, Albany, Kalgoorlie, Bunbury, Cockburn, Joondalup and the Perth CBD.

According to the 2016 Census there are an estimated 9,000 people who are experiencing homelessness in Western Australia each night. About 12% of those or about 1080 people are considered rough sleepers. This covers people living in improvised dwellings, tents or sleeping out in the open.

Of those who were homeless on Census night in 2016:

  • 1,083 (12%) were living in improvised dwellings, tents, or sleeping out
  • 1,054 (12%) were in supported accommodation for the homeless
  • 1,950 (22%) were staying temporarily with other households
  • 991 (11%) were living in boarding houses
  • 51 (1%) were in other temporary lodgings
  • 3,871 (43%) were living in ‘severely’ crowded dwellings.


In 2017–18 specialist homelessness services in Western Australia assisted an estimated 23,739 people. The top five reasons for seeking assistance from specialist homelessness services were:

  • domestic and family violence (43%)
  • financial difficulties (37%)
  • relationship/family breakdown (23%)
  • housing crisis (22%)
  • inadequate or inappropriate dwelling conditions (18%).

Family and domestic violence is the leading cause of people seeking assistance from specialist homelessness services in Western Australia and this is an area that Local Governments are already heavily invested in, supporting local non-profits and service providers.

The Department of Communities is the lead agency responsible for homelessness in Western Australia. Each year the Department of Communities spends approximately $85 million dollars on specialist homelessness services that assist families, women and children affected by family and domestic violence, young people and single adults. This includes family and domestic violence crisis accommodation and support, homelessness accommodation and support, outreach, and housing and tenancy support workers.

In addition to the specialist homelessness services that are funded by the Department of Communities, there are other systems at the local, state and commonwealth levels that interact with the homelessness service system:

  • State government agencies including Justice, Mental Health, Health, and Education fund and deliver programs and services that directly impact on people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness
  • The Commonwealth Government administers income support payments and Commonwealth Rent Assistance
  • Local government services such as libraries and rangers provide assistance to people who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness and in some regions local governments are directly involved in the provision of homelessness services and accommodation.

For more information, or to read the Directions Paper yourself, follow the link below.




Get Involved in Plastic Free July

Get Involved in Plastic Free July

The City of Rockingham is excited to be participating in Plastic Free July, with residents encouraged to take part in a wide range of events the City is hosting to tackle issues surrounding single use plastics.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that focuses on getting people to reduce their consumption of single use plastic waste in all facets of life. Whether it’s at home, work, school or even a local café or shop, participants are encouraged to use compostable or reusable alternatives.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Plastic Free July offered residents the opportunity to make important lifestyle changes that would benefit the environment.

“As a City that is home to an abundance of amazing natural assets including 37 km of breathtaking coastline and stunning wildlife, it’s vital we take every step we can to preserve the environment that we are fortunate to call home,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City recently adopted a strong policy on single use plastics and balloons, so taking part in Plastic Free July is another positive step in the right direction.

“There will be a range of exciting events and workshops taking place across the City throughout July and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn about the great alternatives that can become new habits forever.”

What’s On

Activities to be held throughout the City during Plastic Free July include:

Low Waste Kitchen and Pantry

When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Where: Carnaby Room, Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
The award-winning Wasteless Pantry team will host an interactive workshop on reducing household waste. This free event is suitable for ages 18 and over.


‘How I live a Plastic Free Life’ with Lyndsay Miles

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Zero-waste blogger of Treading My Own Path and author, Lindsay Miles, will share how she lives a plastic free life.


STRAWS – Documentary Screening

When: Thursday 11 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 6pm – 7pm
STRAWS is a short documentary that outlines the impact of straw litter. Viewers will learn about the impact posed by plastic pollution and how they can make changes one step at a time. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sustainable Saturday

When: Saturday 20 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Central Library
Time: 10am – 1pm
This event will include a special gathering of local community groups and organisations to answer queries about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Craft activities, live demonstrations and special guest speakers will be available. No bookings required.


DIY Plastic Free Beauty Product Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 July 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to make simple beauty products at home. Participants will take home a range of goods from the workshop. This event is suitable for participants aged 16 years and above. The cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please note all activities require bookings unless otherwise specified. For more information about the events the City is hosting or to book your place call 9528 0333.

For other great Plastic Free July events that are being run by community groups in the City visit the What’s On Calendar.


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