Council Adopts New Verge Development Policy

Council Adopts New Verge Development Policy

The City of Rockingham Council formally adopted a new Verge Development Policy at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

The Policy, which was shaped following extensive feedback from the community, specifies the range of verge treatments that are permissible, as well as the materials residents can and cannot use on their verge.

A key element of the policy identifies that acceptable materials including synthetic lawn are allowed to cover up to 50 per cent of the verge or 10 square metres, whichever is greater.

The new policy also requires that future owner/occupiers submit a plan for assessment and approval if they are using other acceptable materials that are not natural lawn, garden or organic mulch.

Council has also adopted transitional arrangements to allow for the registration of existing verge treatments that are not covered by the new policy.

Residents are advised to visit the City’s website for details on these transitional arrangements, noting that requests for registration are to be received no later than Sunday 27 October 2019.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin said the Policy would provide clarity for residents about what exactly could be used on their verge.

“The City’s new Verge Development Policy ensures property owners and occupiers are able to develop their verge with due regard for public health and safety, social and environmental benefits, amenity and aesthetics, with a particular focus on accessibility, bushfire mitigation and sustainability,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“This policy draws a line in the sand for any future verge developments and will help to provide certainty.

“The City encourages residents to familiarise themselves with the new policy so they are aware of any rules that may apply to their verge.”

For more information on permissible verge treatments and the range of acceptable materials visit Streetscapes.


Child Protection Week 2019

Child Protection Week 2019

The City of Rockingham is proudly supporting Child Protection Week 2019 by hosting a free protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers on Wednesday 4 September.

Child Protection Week is a national campaign driven by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

In 2019 the campaign will be held from Sunday 1 September to Saturday 7 September and it aims to raise awareness that everyone has a role to play in protecting children from harm.

The City’s free protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers will take place at Quest Rockingham from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

The event will be delivered by the Kwinana Early Years’ Service (KEYS) and will equip parents to support their children to develop personal safety skills and techniques that will help protect them in times of adversity.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said building stronger communities was vital to creating safer environments for children.

“The City has supported Child Protection Week for the past four years and is proud to be supporting it again in 2019,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The protection and safety of children is a crucial issue in any community and events like the protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers play an important role in preventing child abuse.

“This Child Protection Week the City would also like to recognise the variety of community support services in Rockingham which provide ongoing care, support and therapy to local families and children.”

To book a place in the workshop contact the City on 9528 0333

Parents, guardians, carers, children and teenagers in need of immediate support are encouraged to contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.


2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 23rd annual City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September 2019.

Nominations were received across seven categories for the Sports Star Awards, with volunteers, athletes and clubs from a wide range of sporting codes represented in the final shortlist.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Sports Star Awards provided an important opportunity for the community to recognise residents who were excelling in their chosen sports.

“The City’s Sports Star Awards have marked an annual celebration of outstanding achievement within the local sporting community since 1996,” Mayor Sammels said.

“For more than 20 years the awards have recognised local, state, national and international calibre champions from across the City.

“The competition for this year’s awards was intense, and those who have been selected as finalists should be immensely proud of themselves and their clubs.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

The City also gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.

Finalists for the 2019 Sports Star Awards include:

Team of the Year

Rockingham City FC – 1st Team
Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club – 1st Grade Team
Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club – U10 Team
Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club – ICL Team


Club of the Year

Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association
Rockingham BMX Club
Rockingham Swimming Club
Safety Bay Tennis Club


Junior Sports Star of the Year

Ashlyn Mohr
Luke Travers
Mia Dolan


Senior Sports Star of the Year

Greg Hire
Holly Barratt
Kiara Bowers


Sports Person of the Year with a Disability

Ben Sainsbury
Tracy Odiam


Volunteer of the Year

Clayton Phillips
Kate Cullinane
Warren Boucaut


John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award

Kevin Corbitt
Linda Heffer
Terri Fraser


Castaways Sculpture Awards Approaching Fast

Castaways Sculpture Awards Approaching Fast

The 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards continue to inch closer, with talented artists set to exhibit a range of recycled and repurposed materials during the City of Rockingham’s premier arts and culture event.

Mayor Barry Sammels said it was exciting to see participating artists, including 2017 Alcoa Major Award winner Brett Todman, work creatively with recycled components for the large scale outdoor exhibition.

“For more than a decade Castaways has given professional and emerging artists as well as schools the chance to demonstrate their creative skills,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is delighted to be hosting Castaways again in 2019 and is looking forward to seeing some outstanding pieces of work.

“Previous Alcoa Major Award winner Brett Todman is participating again in 2019, alongside co-artist Lisa Pensabene. The pair are working with aluminium to create their sculpture, which is sure to captivate visitors when the exhibition opens in October.

“As a 100% recyclable material aluminium is one of the key products set to feature in the Castaways Sculpture Awards thanks to the creative potential it offers artists, and the City is delighted to welcome Alcoa as a major sponsor again in 2019.”

Alcoa Kwinana Refinery Manager Mark Zaborowski said he is pleased to be partnering with the City of Rockingham for the 12th consecutive year to bring this exciting local exhibition to the community for all to enjoy in 2019.

“It’s great to see our final product – aluminium – being used in some of the sculptures this year,” Mr Zaborowski said.

“I’m particularly proud that Alcoa’s support is again giving local primary schools the opportunity to participate in the Up-Cycle Artist in Residence program for sculpture development.”

Castaways will run from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 and will comprise three simultaneous exhibitions.

The main Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition will be held at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore alongside the Schools Exhibition, while the new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be held at the nearby Rockingham Arts Centre.

The nine day event returns in 2019 after completion of stage one of the $15.7 million Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, and will be part of a special two-day Foreshore Celebration taking place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

A range of prizes are available for Castaways including:

• $10,000 Alcoa Major Award
• $5,000 Engie Innovation Award
• $5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award
• $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award
• $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award
• $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle Ports
• $500 Voter’s Prize sponsored by Fremantle Ports.

“In addition to Alcoa, the City also thanks sponsors Engie, Water Corporation,Warnbro Centre, Fremantle Ports, Artcom and the Lion’s Club of Rockingham for their support of the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards,” Mayor Sammels said.

For more information visit Castaways. 


Port Kennedy Skate Park Opened

Port Kennedy Skate Park Opened

The new Port Kennedy Skate Park was opened on Saturday 24 August 2019, with a celebration held to mark the completion of the project.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels opened the park before a skate jam, sausage sizzle and scooter clinic were hosted for the community.

Located at Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy, the new skate park was built after an audit of the City’s skate parks in 2015 identified that the original skate park on site was due for replacement.

In what is an exciting first for the City, the new skate park has been designed to include bowl, street and plaza skate elements. In addition, the skate park also has supporting infrastructure that includes half-court basketball, shelters, drink fountain, toilets, bike racks and parking.

Port Kennedy Skate Park

Mayor Barry Sammels said the new skate had been carefully designed following extensive feedback from the community.

“The skate park is an exciting addition to Veterans Memorial Park and has been designed to cater for various skill levels,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During consultation with the community the City carefully considered the thoughts of those who were most likely to use the new facility. We received feedback from skate groups, local schools and residents before the final designs were crafted.

“The culmination of this is an outstanding family friendly recreation space that will become a great venue for skate competitions, clinics and other events.”

Demolition of the old skate park began in early 2019 before construction was finished earlier this month.

Port Kennedy Skate Park

“Creating fantastic community infrastructure is a complex task and the City thanks Emerge Associates, Skate Sculpture and New Line Skate for their design expertise,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Advanteering Civil Engineers, who were responsible for carrying out construction on the project.”

The City gratefully acknowledges a $20,000 grant for the project from the Australian Government through its Stronger Communities Program.


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