Senior’s Social and Wellbeing Program

Senior’s Social and Wellbeing Program

Seniors across the City of Rockingham who are looking to boost their fitness and make some new friends along the way are encouraged to participate in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.

The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program is designed for people aged 60 and over, and consists of physical and social activities facilitated by  experienced fitness professionals from the Aqua Jetty in a friendly group setting.

The program is delivered at two locations across the City. The Baldivis Recreation Centre on Fifty Road hosts activities for the program on Mondays from 10am – 11.30am and on Wednesdays from 9am – 10.30am. It is also delivered at the Coastal Community Centre in Golden Bay on Tangadee Road on Mondays and Fridays from 9am – 10.30am.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the program offered seniors a fantastic opportunity to boost their physical and mental health. “The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program was first rolled out in May 2018 and has proven to be a big hit with seniors across the community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Seniors are able to interact with each other in a friendly environment and enjoy some light exercises and activities designed to boost their fitness. Each session is conducted under the watchful eye of trainers specially trained in senior’s fitness and is capped off with morning tea and coffee.

“I encourage any seniors in the community who are looking to boost their physical and mental health to get involved in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.”

Bookings are not required for the program. For more information contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888.


Submissions Closing Soon for Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition

Submissions Closing Soon for Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition

Artists in the City of Rockingham are running out of time to make a submission in the City’s first ever Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, with entries closing on Friday 16 August 2019 at 4pm.

The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be displayed at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 26 October – 3 November 2019 and will celebrate the beauty and intricacy of small scale, three dimensional artworks created with recycled and repurposed materials.

Held in conjunction with the City’s Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition, the event will also include a $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award.

The award will be presented to one artist who demonstrates excellence in the creation of a small sculpture and whose work creatively uses recycled components.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged local artists to make a submission before the deadline.

“The up and coming Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre will represent an exciting first for arts and culture in our City,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Submissions are open to emerging and established professional artists from across the state and we want to see as many local artists as possible getting involved.

“With less than a month left before the deadline I urge any interested artists to get involved and make a submission as soon as possible.”

Artists can enter pieces into both the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, provided they adhere to the separate terms and conditions.

The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will run from 9am – 5pm daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre throughout the designated dates.

More information and entry forms for the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhbition can be found on the City of Rockingham website.


Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

Children’s Book Week to Boost Literacy

The City of Rockingham’s libraries will come to life with activity throughout August, with a wide range of exciting events planned to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2019.

Children’s Book Week is a national initiative that will be held from Saturday 17 – Friday 23 August. It is designed to boost literacy in young Australians and the theme for 2019 is “Reading is My Secret Power.”

To celebrate Children’s Book Week locally, the City will be running a series of activities at all four of its libraries throughout August.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged families to head into their local library and join in the fun during Children’s Book Week 2019.

“Each year Children’s Book Week is one of the premier events on our library calendars and it represents a terrific opportunity for kids to celebrate the joy of reading,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Reading is a powerful tool that plays a vital role in boosting literacy skills for children so it is important for the City to celebrate Children’s Book Week.

“We are thrilled to be hosting a variety of events and activities for young readers of all ages, so I encourage residents to pop into their local library and get involved in this terrific initiative.”

Full information regarding the activities scheduled across the City’s libraries for Children’s Book Week 2019 is as follows:

Meet Aśka

Aśka is a passionate children’s book illustrator and science communicator with a background in both arts and quantum physics. She has illustrations being published in seven books in 2019, including the Eco Rangers series by Candice Lemon-Scott. You can meet Aśka at the following times and locations:

Tuesday 6th August 2019
3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Safety Bay Library’s Bookstars Club (Ages 6 – 12).
5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Warnbro Community Library’s Wicked session (Ages 12 – 17).

Saturday 24th August 2019
9am – 10am at Rockingham Central Library (Ages 6 – 10).
11am – 12pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre (Ages 8+).

Book Week Bonanza (Mary Davies Library and Community, Saturday 17 August 2019, 10am – 12pm)

Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library and discover your secret power as you learn how to do circus tricks with Ricochet Circus, listen to some wonderful stories and craft your own creations to take home. This is a community event open to all ages.

Sabrina Dudgeon – Author Talk (Monday 19 August 2019)

Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Gija people in the East Kimberley. Sabrina grew up in Darwin, but now lives in Perth and works for the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her story Lilli and Shadow in Trouble is part of the Waarda series for young readers and was inspired by her nanna and the stories she shared. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

9.30am – 10.30am at Warnbro Community Library.
11.30am -12.30pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.
1.30pm – 2.30pm at Rockingham Central Library.

Tamara Moss – Author Talk (Thursday 22 August 2019)

Author of Lintang and the Pirate Queen (which was a notable book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards in 2018), Tamara Moss is an engaging and passionate speaker with a background in Asian studies.

She has written two more books in the Lintang series, which have received rave reviews for their sense of adventure, charming characters and vivid fantasy world. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.

Sessions running 9.30am – 10.30am at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre and from 11.30am – 12.30pm at Safety Bay Library.


Homelessness Week 2019

Homelessness Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly partner with a number of local organisations to support a range of community events as part of Homelessness Week 2019.

Running from Sunday 4 August – Saturday 10 August 2019, Homelessness Week is an annual national event coordinated by Homelessness Australia.

The event focuses on raising community awareness about people experiencing homelessness and the action needed to achieve lasting solutions. The theme in 2019 is ‘Housing Ends Homelessness.’

On Tuesday 6 August 2019 the City will support the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group’s free event at the Salvation Army Rockingham, located on Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.

Taking place from 10am – 12pm, this event will include a street doctor, dentist and support from providers including Anglicare WA, Department of Human Services, South Costal Health and Community Services, Babbinguar Mia, headspace Rockingham, Department of Housing, Outreach Workers and WA Homeless Advocates.

Following this event, the City will support Anglicare WA’s pop-up op shop on Wednesday 7 August at the St Nicholas Community Centre on Council Avenue.

The op shop will be open from 10am – 1pm and will give people the opportunity to purchase valuable goods and items at affordable prices.

The City will also provide free training for local not-for-profits, volunteers and service providers on de-escalation techniques on Thursday 8 August 2019. This special workshop will be held at Quest Apartments on Flinders Lane from 9am – 4.30pm. Only people working with clients in Rockingham are able to attend and there are limited places remaining.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said homelessness was a complex issue that required a multi-faceted approach from a wide range of community stakeholders.

“Homelessness is an issue that impacts people from all walks of life and requires careful, considered solutions from a range of groups,” Mayor Sammels said.

“As outlined in the City’s Community Support Services Strategy 2017 – 2022, our primary responsibility in tackling this issue comes in the form of advocacy, education and support for the not-for-profit sector.

“The City chairs the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group, which includes representatives from a variety of government and not-for-profit support groups. This network plays a key role in coordinating the delivery of important services to those in need.

“In addition, the City actively supports the network and has provided grant funding to local support groups that deliver programs, events and services for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.”

Find out more information about local service providers in the community here.

To book a spot at the City’s de-escalation techniques workshop on Thursday 8 August call 9528 0333.


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