Andy’s Summary of the Month – July 2019

Education Department STEM Workshop

Early this month braved the early morning traffic and ventured up to Scarborough to attend a WA Education Department Workshop alongside the Principal and senior staff of Warnbro Primary School. The purpose of the workshop was to explore ways that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can be ingrained into every day learning. So rather than having a maths lesson that only focuses on maths, and a science lesson that only focuses on science, how can we create lesson plans that combine multiple fields together. The aim being to not only make learning more enjoyable, but show the students how these concepts all fit in together.

While I was there, I also had a quick walk along the Scarborough foreshore and saw just how much the whole area has improved as a result of their redevelopment a few years ago. Can’t wait for the Rockingham Foreshore redevelopment to be complete in the very near future.


Singleton Bush Fire Brigade Visit

Singleton Bush Fire Brigade

The guys at the Singleton Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade invited me down to meet the rest of the team and see some of the training they carry out every week. There’s a lot more to fighting a bush fire than rocking up in your truck and pointing the water hose. The level of science and technology that’s involved is amazing, but it pales in comparison to the level of dedication these volunteers show. Every time they respond to an event, there is a very real danger and they are often putting their own safety on the line in order to protect the community.

They’re in the process of transferring across to the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services, so they’ll still be a volunteer brigade, but they’ll have access to more equipment and more training. This means that they’ll soon have extra capabilities and will be volunteering their time all year round, rather than just during the bush fire season.


NAIDOC Celebration

City of Rockingham NAIDOC Week City of Rockingham NAIDOC Week

I joined members of the local community at the Gary Holland Centre for the opening of the City of Rockingham NAIDOC Week. It was great to see such a big turnout given it’s such a wet and windy day.

I took the opportunity to speak with some of the service providers that were in attendance, ate some kangaroo stew and watched some of the performances. I also added my name to the Uluru Statement banner that shows our support for the Commonwealth to start the process of recognising first nations peoples in the Constitution. More info about the Uluru Statement can be found at the following website.


Native Plants WA Open Day

Cedric and I at Native Plants WA

I’ve been a supporter of Native Plants WA for a long time and they were one of the first groups I met with when I joined Council. They do some amazing work in preserving the local plant species, regularly collecting seeds from the local area, and propagating them until they’re ready to be planted. They supply a number of local governments and their plants can often be seen being planted along road verges as part of the rehabilitation after a main road is constructed. They also support a number of local schools, donating plants for native gardens.

They’re always on the look out for volunteers and their nursery is open weekdays if you’d like to purchase a few native plants for your own garden. (The photo above is from an earlier visit.)


Councillor Engagement Session

looking at the importance of the Port Kennedy Scientific Park


CitySafe Advisory Committee

What did we discuss?


Rockingham Museum 50th Anniversary

Spent the evening with the volunteers at the Rockingham Museum. Fantastic work preserving the local history. Lots of photos, maps etc, and one of the oars from the Catalpa Escape is on the wall.


Technology Innovation Showcase

The City’s showcase was well attended. My kids really enjoyed it etc.


Volunteer Recognition Celebration

So many aspects of the City couldn’t run as well as they do if it wasn’t for the tireless work of the volunteers from so many groups. This event was to thank and acknowledge the contribution from those in the emergency services and the City’s # of advisory committees.


Houtman 400 Commemoration Event

Everyone knows about Capt Cook and the Endeavour, it would be great if more people knew about the early Dutch explorers, and their connection with the WA coast. Hopefully once this commemorative ‘coin’ is in place somewhere along the Safety Bay foreshore, people will start to show more of an interest.


Rotary Club of Palm Beach / Cycling Without Age Fundraiser

The Cycling Without Age group are raising funds, got support from the City of Rockingham. Will house one of the bikes Tri-shaws at the Autumn Centre,


Tourism Rockingham Board Meeting

Looking at ways to increase the promotion of Rockingham, the possibility of the Biome Project finding a home in Rockingham, ways to support the local tourism businesses, starting to write our business plan for the next 5 years.

Would You Like to Be Involved With the Castaways Sculpture Awards?

Would You Like to Be Involved With the Castaways Sculpture Awards?

A fantastic chance to get involved in the City of Rockingham’s premier arts and culture event has opened up to the community, with volunteering opportunities for the Castaways Sculpture Awards now available.

The City is searching for approximately 30 volunteers to operate the information tent during the Castaways Sculpture Awards, which will run from Friday 25 October to Sunday 3 November 2019.

Castaways is a nine day outdoor exhibition featuring stunning sculptural works created from recycled and repurposed materials.

The information tent will be located at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore and volunteers will be the first point of contact for visitors seeking to explore the exhibition.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged arts and culture enthusiasts to get involved in one of the City’s most exciting events.

“The Castaways Sculpture Awards are returning in 2019 bigger and better than ever, and an exciting opportunity has opened up for a group of enthusiastic volunteers to help showcase this great event,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Thousands of people have visited the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition since 2008 and volunteers now have the chance to assist in delivering information and resources at the information tent.”

“Castaways is a nine-day event and will be kicked off this year with a two day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October, so there’s never been a better time to get involved in this iconic community event.

Volunteers at Castaways will also play an important role in promoting the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, which is set to be held simultaneously at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

For more information on becoming a volunteer at Castaways contact the City.

Andy’s July 2019 Cape Peron Announcement

Andy’s July 2019 Cape Peron Announcement

If you’d like to share your thoughts on what should be happening our at Cape Peron, please get in touch.

You can email me, give me a call, leave a comment below, send me a letter, stop me in the street or send a carrier pigeon, doesn’t matter how you do it, just get in touch!



Video Transcription:

All right guys, I’ve come up to Point Peron,  even though it’s starting to get a little bit late and it’s getting a bit cold up here, because I’ve got a bit of an announcement that I’m really really excited about. 

At the Council meeting earlier this month we had the opportunity to elect someone or nominate someone to be part of the State Government’s Planning Investigation Area Working Party.  Which basically is the body that’s going to come together with representatives from the City of Rockingham, the Department of Planning Land and Heritage, Department of Tourism, Department of Jobs etc, all coming together to decide what’s going to happen with the future of Point Peron. 

Now at the end of the day it’ll still be the ministers and the Premier and those types of people that make the decisions because as much as all of this sits within the City of Rockingham it’s still State Government land. 

But as someone who’s grown up here in Rockingham, as someone who used to watch Ship To Shore that was filmed here, as someone who used to love coming here as a kid spending time climbing over the cliffs and playing on the beaches and all that kind of stuff, I am really really excited to announce that earlier this week the Council nominated me to be the person that sits on that working party. 

As someone who wants to see Cape Peron be kept as “Rottnest on the Mainland” or the “Kings Park of the South”, I’m really, really, excited to be able to be part of that process. 

I’ll be working hard to work to make sure that we keep Cape Peron as the natural landscape that it is. 

So what I’d like to see is things like Eco-Based tourism attractions, things like maybe a low impact caravan park on the site that used to have a caravan park years and years ago, snorkelling, kayaking, walk trails, interpretive signage, all of that type of stuff. With a big focus that the number one priority is keeping the Bush Forever sites and the A Class Reserves as A Class Reserves and Bush Forever sites. 

Now it’s going to be a long process because – as I’ve learnt in the last two years – everything to do with Government is a long, drawn out process, but I’m going to be making sure everyone is kept aware of what’s going on and I’m going to be getting your feedback as often as I can. 

So this is my call out, my request,  I’m not a hard person to find, I tell everybody my mobile number and my email address, what I want is to hear from you as much as possible because at the end of the day Cape Peron – or Point Person, whatever you call it doesn’t really matter – This area, in my opinion belongs, to us all and the future Cape Peron that I would like to see is pretty much just the way it is now,  just with a little bit of extra. 

A few extra facilities, because there’s nothing worse than getting all the way out here and needing to pee.


Dementia in Focus for Special Presentation

Dementia in Focus for Special Presentation

The City of Rockingham invites the community to a special presentation of Living Life Fully With Dementia featuring American dementia expert Michael Verde. This free event will be hosted on Friday 9 August 2019 from 9.30am – 11.30am at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that are caused by irreversible and ongoing deterioration of the brain.

Symptoms can include memory loss, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn and depressed and experiencing difficulty performing everyday tasks. It can affect anybody but is more common after the age of 65. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

Outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connections.

The event featuring Michael Verde will give the community the opportunity to learn how to help people overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be fully present and connected to someone living with dementia.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the presentation was important given the growing number of people in the community living with dementia.

“Rockingham’s population has grown significantly in recent years and with that so has the number of people living with dementia,” Mayor Sammels said.

“By 2050 it is estimated there will be roughly 6,000 people living with dementia in Rockingham, which is more than six times the number in 2010.

“As the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 it’s vital we learn how to best assist those living with dementia, so I encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices on this topic.”

Places for the event are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to secure a spot call the City on 9528 0333.


Andy’s July 2019 Council Meeting Agenda Summary

Local Government works best when people are well informed and take part in the decision making process. Which is why I do everything I can to help people stay up to date with what’s on the agenda, and encourage people to attend the monthly Council Meetings whenever they can.

Above is a brief summary of this months agenda, have a quick watch and if you’ve any questions, please let me know. I’ll be more than happy to assist.


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