Register for Breakthrough Music Competition Now

Register for Breakthrough Music Competition Now

he first heats in the annual Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition are right around the corner, with talented young musicians urged to register before the competition kicks off.

A hit with the community since 2012, the Breakthrough Music Competition gives young people between the ages of 12 and 24 a taste of the music industry as well as the chance show off their musical abilities.

A pool of $10,000 worth of cash and prizes is available to participants, with three sets of heats scheduled to take place in shopping centres across the City of Rockingham throughout October.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Breakthrough Music Competition gave young people the opportunity to turn their musical passions into greater success.

The Breakthrough Music Competition has proven to be a huge hit with young people from a diverse range of musical backgrounds, with participants using the competition to fast track their progress in the music industry,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Not only does the competition give participants the chance to slingshot themselves ahead in their careers, it also presents an exciting chance for young musicians to perform in front of larger audiences.

“With the first heats approaching I encourage local young people with a passion for music to enter the competition as soon as possible.”

Live performances for heats will take place at the following venues:

  • Heat 1 – Sunday 6 October – Secret Harbour Square from 11am to 2pm
  • Heat 2 – Sunday 13 October – Stockland Baldivis from 11am to 2pm
  • Heat 3 – Sunday 20 October  – Rockingham Centre from 11am to 2pm

After the heats a grand final event will be held on Sunday 27 October from 11.30am – 2pm at the Rockingham Foreshore. This event will form part of the City’s official Foreshore Celebration event.

The City of Rockingham is proud to present the Breakthrough Music Competition with support from Act-Belong-Commit Mentally Healthy WA, Healthway, Warnbro Centre, Stockland Baldivis, Rockingham Centre, Secret Harbour Square (Charter Hall), and Take Eight Productions.

For more information or to apply call 9529 2021 or visit the Breakthrough website.


Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan

Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan

Local residents will soon be able to share their thoughts on the Safety Bay Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan, after the City of Rockingham Council supported the release of the draft for public comment at the ordinary council meeting on Tuesday 24 September 2019.

The master plan, which will provide a broad vision for the foreshore over the next 20 to 30 years, will be open for public comment for one month from Wednesday 9 October 2019.

During this period the City will host two public information workshops at the Safety Bay Yacht Club and the Safety Bay Library, where residents will have the opportunity to inspect the plans and ask questions of the City’s project team.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the draft master plan proposes to better connect the various parts of the foreshore, both physically and visually, and to enhance the key nodes that attract visitors.

“The Safety Bay/ Shoalwater foreshore is a highly valued asset of the City,” Mayor Sammels said.

It attracts people from the local community and beyond who are drawn to its calm family-friendly waters, the unique perspective across the Shoalwater Marine Park, along with its eco-based attractions, and relaxed atmosphere. It is also popular for marine-based sporting enthusiasts and the boating community.”

The content contained in the draft master plan is informed by feedback received from the community in early 2019. Almost 650 stakeholders participated in a coastal values survey and shared their thoughts regarding what they valued about the foreshore, how it is used and where improvements could be made.

“Some of the key proposals involve improvements around The Pond to support the emerging kite surfing and wind surfing community and more readily allow the hosting of events,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The draft also proposes improvements to the function and amenity of Mersey Point so that the thousands of people who visit this location each week can enjoy the eco-tourism attractions on offer within the Shoalwater Marine Park.”

The draft master plan also seeks feedback on the potential for more food and beverage offerings within the foreshore and a swimming platform at Waikiki Beach.

When adopted, the changes recommended in the master plan will be implemented over the short, medium and long term when funds become available.

To stay informed about the latest news relating to the Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan register through Rock Port or follow the City on Facebook.


Revitalised Foreshore Officially Open

Revitalised Foreshore Officially Open

The newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore was officially opened on Thursday 26 September 2019, with the City of Rockingham hosting a ceremony to mark the occasion.

As one of the most significant projects ever undertaken by the City, stage one of the $15.75 million Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation comprised three main areas with works taking place on Railway Terrace, the Beach Plaza and the Boardwalk.

To formally signal the opening of the revitalised foreshore precinct, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels was joined by Senator Matt O’Sullivan, the Honourable Simon O’Brien MLC, fellow councillors and members of the Aboriginal Advisory Group.


Rockingham Foreshore


Mayor Barry Sammels said the opening of the revitalised foreshore was a landmark moment in the City’s history.

The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation was an exciting and long awaited enhancement to the City’s most popular location,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The official opening ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new era at the Foreshore as well as being a chance to honour the long standing connection that Nyoongar people have with this beautiful area.


Rockingham Foreshore


“The City gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution of funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund and also thanks civil engineering contractor Ertech, the landscape design team from Place Laboratory and the City’s own staff for delivering the project.”

A special two-day Foreshore Celebration will be held for the community on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition and will feature free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.


Rockingham Foreshore



City’s Rangers Recognised as WA’s Best

City’s Rangers Recognised as WA’s Best

The City of Rockingham’s Ranger Services have been recognised as the best in Western Australia by the WA Rangers Association.

The prestigious Rangers Team of the Year Award for Western Australia was announced during a gala dinner held by the WA Rangers Association on 18 September 2019 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough.

Each year the WA Rangers Association presents the award to one Local Government Ranger team in WA based on their “excellence of service provided to the community.”

This year the City of Rockingham fended off competition from a number of finalists including Cambridge, Canning; Collie; and Kwinana to win the prestigious award.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the City’s Ranger Services on their success.

The City’s Ranger Services have a tough and often thankless job. They shoulder responsibility for enforcing a wide range of laws in our community that relate to parking, dogs, cats, beaches and reserves” Mayor Sammels said.

“Some of the dog attack investigations they have dealt with over the last few years have been quite horrific and there have been many prosecutions undertaken by the team, it is quite a stressful job, so to receive the award from the WA Rangers Association is a testament to the outstanding effort all team members have put in.

“The City congratulates Rangers Services on the award and looks forward to seeing the team continue to deliver excellent service to the community.”


Castaways Artists Ready to Put on a Show

Castaways Artists Ready to Put on a Show

The Rockingham Beach Foreshore is set to be transformed during the much-anticipated return of the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, running from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 3 November 2019.

The 11th Castaways returns bigger and better than ever following the completion of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project, with the non-acquisitive Alcoa Major Award doubled to $10,000 and a new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition also set to be held simultaneously at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

A two-day Foreshore Celebration celebrating the newly revitalised foreshore precinct will also take place during the opening weekend of the exhibition. A variety of free events for people of all ages and abilities will be available, adding to the festive experience of Castaways.

The exhibition encourages the concept of recycling, with one of the world’s most recyclable materials, aluminium, a key item for many participating artists. Works in the exhibition will range from representative to abstract.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Castaways highlighted the City’s strong commitment to both sustainability, and cultural development and the arts.

“Castaways is the premier art and culture event in the City and we are delighted to be hosting it again in 2019,” Mayor Sammels said.

The exhibition gives emerging and professional artists a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities while at the same time promoting the importance of sustainability.”

Studio Payoka’s (William Leggett and Michele Ulrich) The Earth is Thought, is a mediation on the natural and manmade world. The work, all five metres of it, consists of a series of bent recycled aluminium pipes and concrete pillars containing aluminium ‘islands’ filled with native plants.

Lawrence Smoker’s Sea Eagle, which is close to life size, has feathers made from the blades of blinds and a body covered in fabric from an old teddy bear. Richard Aitken meanwhile, has joined together old washing machines and dryers to form a large dice while Sioux Tempestt has used blocks of compressed recycled aluminium for her work, Compression.

Curator Lyn DiCiero said works featured in the exhibition were often poetic and thought provoking.

Castaways 2019


“Castaways 2019 promises to be an exceptional return for the show, and visitors to the newly revamped Foreshore will not be disappointed,” Ms DiCiero said.

Medina artist Lesley Barrett, a regular exhibitor at Castaways, said artists were thankful to the City of Rockingham and major sponsor Alcoa for their continued commitment to encouraging recycling and the event.

“The idea of using recycled materials in artworks has evolved dramatically in the past eleven years since Castaways started,” Ms Barrett said.

“It used to be called ‘scrap,’ but now prominent artists are using it as part of their practice as a matter of course.”

Castaways also aims to encourage environmentalism in future generations. Eleven primary schools and nine secondary schools feature works in the Schools Competition this year. Ten of these are the result of a special Up-Cycle Art Project, with students visiting a local landfill facility and working with artists to create a new sculpture.

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.

“The City also thanks sponsors Alcoa, 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.

Castaways 2019



Sports Star Awards Winners Announced

Sports Star Awards Winners Announced

Representatives from local basketball, wheelchair basketball, soccer and swimming organisations were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2019 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards.

More than 100 guests were in attendance at the Gary Holland Community Centre for the 23rd annual Sports Star Awards on Thursday 19 September 2019, which were hosted by the City to acknowledge the clubs and people who have excelled in their chosen sports.

The 2019 Sports Star Award winners include:
  • Senior Sports Star of the Year: Holly Barratt (Swimming)
  • Junior Sports Star of the Year: Luke Travers (Basketball)
  • Club of the Year: Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association
  • Team of the Year: Rockingham City Football Club – 1st Team
  • Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Ben Sainsbury (Wheelchair Basketball)
  • Volunteer of the Year: Warren Boucat (Basketball)
  • John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award: Kevin Corbitt (Basketball)

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the seven winners and the 22 finalists on their accomplishments during the awards.

“Sport is a vital element in creating a physically and mentally healthy community and the Sports Star Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the athletes, clubs and volunteers who excel in their respective sporting codes,” Mayor Sammels said.

“We have an active sporting community that thrives on the local, state, national and international sporting stage and I congratulate all of this year’s finalists and winners on their efforts.”

“The City will now turn its attention to hosting the Special Olympics WA State Games, which will be taking place on the weekend of Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October 2019.”

The Sports Star Awards began in 1997 and have continued to grow each year, becoming one of the premiere events on the local sporting calendar.

The City would like to acknowledge sponsors of the 2019 Sports Star Awards for their commitment and support including The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.


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