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.

Local Artists Set to Shine During Open Studios Exhibition

Local Artists Set to Shine During Open Studios Exhibition

Six emerging local artists will have the opportunity to showcase their creative abilities during the City of Rockingham’s first ever Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition, which will run throughout July, August and September 2019 at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

Artists will work in residence at the Rockingham Arts Centre and will have the chance to engage with the community, display and sell their artwork.

The exhibition will be broken into two fortnightly blocks, with the first taking place from Wednesday 31 July to Sunday 11 August 2019. Artists featured include Anastasia Wright, Terrel Weir and Carol Clitheroe.

Block two will take place from Wednesday 28 August to Sunday 8 September 2019. Vanessa Liebenberg, Penny Rulyancich and Tich Dixon will be the local artists showcased in this block.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to explore the exhibition.

“Our community is home to a number of fantastic emerging artists and the City is delighted to be able to showcase their skills during the Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Three artists at a time will be working on their arts practice and will be available for the community to come along to view their works, have a chat, watch them in action and have the opportunity to purchase their artworks.”

Each block of the exhibition will be celebrated with an opening night at the Rockingham Arts Centre. Block one will host an event on Friday 2 August while the opening night for block two will take place on Friday 30 August 2019. Both events will run from 6pm – 8pm.

The Open Studios – Art and Artists Exhibition will also be available to the public from 10am – 3pm during the designated dates.


Aqua Jetty Swim School Top of the Class

Aqua Jetty Swim School Top of the Class

The City of Rockingham Aqua Jetty Swim School has been recognised as the best in Western Australia after it took home the AUSTSWIM Recognised Swim Centre Award during the AUSTSWIM Soak It Up Conference held at the University of WA on Sunday 14 July 2019.

Aqua Jetty Swim School fended off competition from a host of other finalists including Cockburn Arc, Seastarz Swim School, HBF Stadium, Bruce Rock Amateur Swimming Club and Jump Port Kennedy to win their respective category.

As a state award recipient, the Aqua Jetty Swim School now becomes a nominee in the same category for the National AUSTSWIM Awards, which will be held on October 3-4 on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated all members of the Aqua Jetty Swim School team for playing a vital role in the school’s success.

“The Aqua Jetty Swim School, which is aligned with the Royal Life Saving WA ‘Swim and Survive’ program, caters to swimmers of all ages and teaches water safety awareness and swim technique development,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The swim school is led by a group of highly skilled instructors who are passionate about water safety.

“The City congratulates the swim school on their hard earned success and we look forward to supporting them as they bid to become the best in the country during the national awards later this year.”

All Aqua Jetty Swim School instructors are AUSTSWIM accredited and have current first aid and CPR qualifications.

The scope of lessons run by the Aqua Jetty Swim School allows swimmers to develop at their own pace. Each swimming level has a number of assessment outcomes, which when achieved allow a swimmer to progress to the next stage of their development.

AUSTSWIM’s awards provide an opportunity to identify and honour teachers, presenters and recognised swim centres from across the country for their respective contributions to aquatic education and water safety.

Visit Aqua Jetty Swim School for more information or contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888.


City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

Volunteers from local emergency and advisory groups were formally recognised on Wednesday 17 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham paid tribute to their efforts during a special celebration at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

More than 100 volunteers and guests joined in to celebrate the important contribution of the City’s advisory and emergency groups, with the event highlighted by the presentation of an award to Barry Stagg from the Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Stagg, who joined the service in December 1987 and has served in a number of different roles since, was recognised for his outstanding service to the community over the past 32 years.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin congratulated Mr Stagg on his achievement and praised all of the City’s volunteers for their efforts.

“The City’s annual Volunteer Celebration represents an important opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate their precious time and effort into making our community such a wonderful place,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“Finding people who are ready and willing to put their hand up to serve the community in a voluntary capacity is a difficult task, and it is one that seems to be getting harder with each passing year.

“In the City of Rockingham we are fortunate to have a large number of people who are prepared to get involved and go the extra mile, and the City thanks each and every one of them for the positive contribution they make to the community.”

A total of 10 emergency services groups and 13 advisory committees were acknowledged during the celebration including:

Advisory Committees and Working Groups

  • Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Bush Fire Advisory Committee
  • City Safe Advisory Committee
  • Aboriginal Advisory Group
  • Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Global Friendships Committee
  • Heritage Reference Group
  • Local Emergency Management Committee
  • Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Roadwise Advisory Committee
  • Rockingham Education and Training Advisory Committee
  • Sports Advisory Committee
  • Cultural Advisory Committee

Emergency Services Groups

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Rockingham Kwinana SES
  • Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue
  • Salvation Army (Rockingham Branch)
  • Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
  • Secret Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Singleton Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
  • Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service
  • St John Ambulance WA


Deadline for PhotoVoice Entries Approaching

Deadline for PhotoVoice Entries Approaching

Amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham have less than a month left to enter the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Rockingham Competition.

Participants have until 4pm on Friday 16 August to submit an entry to be shortlisted for the 2019 PhotoVoice Exhibition, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre from Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 9 October.

PhotoVoice encourages people to take a photo and add a caption or ‘voice’ to their image which shows how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.

Selected images in the three week competition will go in the running to win cash prizes in their respective categories. All photos in the competition will be judged on their composition and communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message.

Category winners will be announced at an awards evening on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite piece in the public choice category, which will also be announced during the awards night.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents of all ages to make a submission before the deadline.

“For more than 10 years PhotoVoice has given amateur photographers a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities to the community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“This year there are variety of categories available for participants to enter and showcase how they keep mentally healthy, with cash prizes available.

“Each year hundreds of people enter and I encourage all residents with a keen eye for photography to consider entering this year’s awards.”

Entries in the competition must be made online. For more information on how to enter visit PhotoVoice.




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