Excavation Works to Begin at Bent Street Channel

Excavation Works to Begin at Bent Street Channel

The City of Rockingham will begin excavation works on the Bent Street navigation channel in the week starting Monday 9 September 2019, to ensure the channel is safe for boat users in the summer season.

Works will from run 9 September until mid to late October, with the channel set to remain operational during excavation.

Due to truck movements throughout the project, the nearby Carlisle Street sand boat ramp will be closed. However, alternative facilities for recreational boat users will be available at Bent Street and Donald Drive.

Sand excavated from the channel during the works will be transported to the City’s Millar Road Landfill Facility for re-use.

Bent Street navigation channel

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was carrying out the necessary works in early spring so boat users could make the most of the channel during the summer months.

“The Bent Street navigation channel is a popular spot with boat users, particularly later in the year with the arrival of the crayfish season and the summer holidays,” Mayor Sammels said.

“To give the community the best possible chance of enjoying the boat ramp during the busiest period, the City has committed to carrying out excavation in September and October.

“These works are vital to ensuring boat users can safely enjoy the best our wonderful coast has to offer and we thank them for their patience during this time.”


11th Annual PhotoVoice Exhibition Opening Soon

11th Annual PhotoVoice Exhibition Opening Soon

The skills of amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham will soon be on display at the 11th annual Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition, which is running from 18 September to 9 October 2019.

More than 540 entries were received for this year’s competition, with 100 set to go on display during the exhibition at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

A four person panel will judge the photos on their composition and their communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message. In this instance, photographers are required to demonstrate how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.

Selected entries will then have the chance to win cash prizes in their respective categories at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite photograph in the Public Choice Award category.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to visit the exhibition in support of local arts and culture.

“In the City of Rockingham we have a large number of talented amateur photographers and some of their best work will be on display during the Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Each entrant’s work is unique and depicts some of the interesting ways people look after their mental health.

“Entry to the exhibition is free so I encourage all residents to head down and check out the wide range of fantastic photographs that will be on display.”

The Act-Belong-Commit campaign encourages community participation to increase peoples’ sense of belonging, physical activity and enhance their purpose in life.

The exhibition will be open from 9am – 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am – 4pm on weekends.

For more information contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or visit PhotoVoice.



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


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