July has been another huge month with lot’s happening around Rockingham, including the 40th anniversary of the commissioning of HMAS Stirling, the Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation commencing, a shake-up and restructure for the WA Police in our district and the opening of The Harbour All Abilities Playground in Secret Harbour.
A full list of all the meeting’s I’ve attended can be found here – Andy’s Meeting & Event Attendance
Interesting point I noticed when updating the list; 207 official meetings since joining Council on October 23, which represents 193 work days. More than 1 appointment each and every work day, not bad for what’s supposed to be a part-time gig.
The Harbour All Abilities Playground opened on Friday 6th July with a massive crowd in attendance. Located on the Secret Harbour Foreshore, construction on The Harbour Playground began in November 2017 and was completed in late June 2018. The project was an action in the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy.
Coffee With Your Councillor – Cooloongup
Coffee with Your Councillor is my way of making sure those who want to have their voice heard can do so in person. Each fortnight Goldilocks Coffee Van and I set up in a quiet location somewhere in Rockingham, and host anyone who’d like to join us.
The first 20 coffees are on me and it’s always a great to hear direct from those in the local area. So far I’ve been in Woodbridge, Cooloongup and Hillman.
To find out when the next one is being held, make sure to follow me on Facebook: Andrew Burns – City of Rockingham Councillor
‘Global-Nuk’ Grandmother Sun Art Exhibition Opening
The exhibition showed the different learning values and artistic diversity passed down to their grandchildren, Justin and Biara, from two grandmothers of different tribal origins, Joan Martin (dec.) of the Widi people from the mid-west of Western Australia, and Theresa Walley of the Wadjak people from the south west of Western Australia.
Those who attend official City of Rockingham events would be familiar with Theresa as she conducts the ‘Welcome To Country’ at most of them.
Meet and Greet with Local Police Force
The City hosted a number of senior police officers from the local district as part of the ongoing relationship between the City and WA Police.
Topics of discussion included the new policing model and restructure that sees Baldivis being serviced by the Rockingham Station instead of Kwinana, hooning on our streets, the work being done to tackle domestic violence, and a new initiative being set up by one of the Rockingham Sergeant’s that aims to tackle disengaged and at-risk youth.
City of Rockingham Ordinary Council Meeting
The City of Rockingham Ordinary Council meeting was held on the 24th July in front of a larger than normal audience. The official minutes can be found on the City’s website here.
Highlights include: public question time, changes to parking time limits in and around Syren Street and Central Promenade, Ward Boundaries and Councillor Representation Review, The Community Grants Program, the draft Community Plan, and fairly heated debate over the merits of the City Chronicle.
H.M.A.S. Stirling 40th Anniversary Official Ceremony and Ceremonial Sunset
Growing up in Rockingham, Garden Island and the Navy base was always shrouded in mystery, so it was a huge honor to be invited to be part of the 40th Anniversary of the Commissioning of the navy base in 1978.
Those in attendance included the WA Premier Mark McGowan, the Governor of WA Kim Beazley, all past commanding officers of HMAS Stirling, current commanding officer Captain Brian Delamont, and Chief of Navy Australia, Vice Admiral Michael Noonan.
Exciting news from Capt Delamont is the anticipated expansion of the number of navy personnel based on Garden Island by around 25% in the coming years.
On a side note: I need to learn how to smile without looking like a smug git.
July was another great month for the City of Rockingham, as always there’s some bumps along the way, but overall the outlook is positive and I, for one, am excited for the coming months.