It was an honour to represent the City last week at the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA, Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy awards for 2018.
The awards recognise the hard work and effort of local governments in helping to create healthy environments for children.
Mayors, Shire Presidents and other representatives were in attendance from all over the state. Congratulations to the City of Cockburn and their Mayor Logan Howlett for winning the overall award.
The City of Rockingham, however, did fantastically and all the staff who were involved should be incredibly proud of themselves.
The City won the Early Literacy Category for our Paint Rockingham REaD campaign.
Paint Rockingham REaD was part of the Paint the Town REaD national grassroots literacy campaign, that encourages the community to read, talk, sing and rhyme with children from birth so they are ready to read and write by the time they start at school.
As part of the Paint Rockingham REaD campaign, children read to the egg and helped it grow by adding their own ‘splotch’; the idea being that it would grow and eventually hatch during Children’s Week at the annual Teddy Bears Picnic.
Rockingham also won the Smoke Free Environments award, which is fairly self explanatory, and received a commendation for our Junior Council in the Children’s Consultation category.
The Junior Council program has been running in the City since it began in 1989 with 12 students and has grown with the community to involve more than 60 Year Six students from local primary schools. They meet once a month in the City of Rockingham Chambers and operates in a similar way to an ordinary council meeting.
Ideas are discussed by the Junior Councillors, then recommendations are voted upon. These ideas often make their way to Council and in some cases are implemented.
There’s always a huge amount of stuff happening behind the scenes. I try to share as much as I can from the information that is contained in the City’s Bulletins that are released once a month, but it’s always nice to see the City being recognised in an official capacity.
Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making it happen.