Education Department STEM Workshop
Early this month braved the early morning traffic and ventured up to Scarborough to attend a WA Education Department Workshop alongside the Principal and senior staff of Warnbro Primary School. The purpose of the workshop was to explore ways that Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) can be ingrained into every day learning. So rather than having a maths lesson that only focuses on maths, and a science lesson that only focuses on science, how can we create lesson plans that combine multiple fields together. The aim being to not only make learning more enjoyable, but show the students how these concepts all fit in together.
While I was there, I also had a quick walk along the Scarborough foreshore and saw just how much the whole area has improved as a result of their redevelopment a few years ago. Can’t wait for the Rockingham Foreshore redevelopment to be complete in the very near future.
Singleton Bush Fire Brigade Visit
The guys at the Singleton Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade invited me down to meet the rest of the team and see some of the training they carry out every week. There’s a lot more to fighting a bush fire than rocking up in your truck and pointing the water hose. The level of science and technology that’s involved is amazing, but it pales in comparison to the level of dedication these volunteers show. Every time they respond to an event, there is a very real danger and they are often putting their own safety on the line in order to protect the community.
They’re in the process of transferring across to the Dept of Fire and Emergency Services, so they’ll still be a volunteer brigade, but they’ll have access to more equipment and more training. This means that they’ll soon have extra capabilities and will be volunteering their time all year round, rather than just during the bush fire season.
I joined members of the local community at the Gary Holland Centre for the opening of the City of Rockingham NAIDOC Week. It was great to see such a big turnout given it’s such a wet and windy day.
I took the opportunity to speak with some of the service providers that were in attendance, ate some kangaroo stew and watched some of the performances. I also added my name to the Uluru Statement banner that shows our support for the Commonwealth to start the process of recognising first nations peoples in the Constitution. More info about the Uluru Statement can be found at the following website. https://www.1voiceuluru.org/
Native Plants WA Open Day
I’ve been a supporter of Native Plants WA for a long time and they were one of the first groups I met with when I joined Council. They do some amazing work in preserving the local plant species, regularly collecting seeds from the local area, and propagating them until they’re ready to be planted. They supply a number of local governments and their plants can often be seen being planted along road verges as part of the rehabilitation after a main road is constructed. They also support a number of local schools, donating plants for native gardens.
They’re always on the look out for volunteers and their nursery is open weekdays if you’d like to purchase a few native plants for your own garden. (The photo above is from an earlier visit.)
Councillor Engagement Session
looking at the importance of the Port Kennedy Scientific Park
CitySafe Advisory Committee
What did we discuss?
Rockingham Museum 50th Anniversary
Spent the evening with the volunteers at the Rockingham Museum. Fantastic work preserving the local history. Lots of photos, maps etc, and one of the oars from the Catalpa Escape is on the wall.
Technology Innovation Showcase
The City’s showcase was well attended. My kids really enjoyed it etc.
Volunteer Recognition Celebration
So many aspects of the City couldn’t run as well as they do if it wasn’t for the tireless work of the volunteers from so many groups. This event was to thank and acknowledge the contribution from those in the emergency services and the City’s # of advisory committees.
Houtman 400 Commemoration Event
Everyone knows about Capt Cook and the Endeavour, it would be great if more people knew about the early Dutch explorers, and their connection with the WA coast. Hopefully once this commemorative ‘coin’ is in place somewhere along the Safety Bay foreshore, people will start to show more of an interest.
Rotary Club of Palm Beach / Cycling Without Age Fundraiser
The Cycling Without Age group are raising funds, got support from the City of Rockingham. Will house one of the bikes Tri-shaws at the Autumn Centre,
Tourism Rockingham Board Meeting
Looking at ways to increase the promotion of Rockingham, the possibility of the Biome Project finding a home in Rockingham, ways to support the local tourism businesses, starting to write our business plan for the next 5 years.