City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

Volunteers from local emergency and advisory groups were formally recognised on Wednesday 17 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham paid tribute to their efforts during a special celebration at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

More than 100 volunteers and guests joined in to celebrate the important contribution of the City’s advisory and emergency groups, with the event highlighted by the presentation of an award to Barry Stagg from the Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Stagg, who joined the service in December 1987 and has served in a number of different roles since, was recognised for his outstanding service to the community over the past 32 years.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin congratulated Mr Stagg on his achievement and praised all of the City’s volunteers for their efforts.

“The City’s annual Volunteer Celebration represents an important opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate their precious time and effort into making our community such a wonderful place,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“Finding people who are ready and willing to put their hand up to serve the community in a voluntary capacity is a difficult task, and it is one that seems to be getting harder with each passing year.

“In the City of Rockingham we are fortunate to have a large number of people who are prepared to get involved and go the extra mile, and the City thanks each and every one of them for the positive contribution they make to the community.”

A total of 10 emergency services groups and 13 advisory committees were acknowledged during the celebration including:

Advisory Committees and Working Groups

  • Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Bush Fire Advisory Committee
  • City Safe Advisory Committee
  • Aboriginal Advisory Group
  • Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Global Friendships Committee
  • Heritage Reference Group
  • Local Emergency Management Committee
  • Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Roadwise Advisory Committee
  • Rockingham Education and Training Advisory Committee
  • Sports Advisory Committee
  • Cultural Advisory Committee

Emergency Services Groups

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Rockingham Kwinana SES
  • Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue
  • Salvation Army (Rockingham Branch)
  • Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
  • Secret Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Singleton Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
  • Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service
  • St John Ambulance WA

 

Andy’s Summary of the July Council Bulletins

Andy’s Summary of the July Council Bulletins

Each month, the week before the Council meeting, Councillors meet for the Planning and Engineering Services Committee and the Corporate and Community Development Committee meetings. As part of this process we go through the Bulletins that provide a summary of every department at the City. It’s an opportunity for Councillors to discuss issues and ask specific questions of the City officers.

Both meetings are open to the public, and start with public question time (just like the Council meeting). The Planning and Engineering Services Committee is held at 4pm on the Monday and the Corporate and Community Development Committee is held at 4pm on the Tuesday.

I’ve gone through the bulletins over the course of the weekend, and have put together a bit of a summary of some of the more interesting parts. As always, if you’ve any questions, I’m here to help.

 

Planning and Engineering Services Committee

Planning and Development Services Information Bulletin

SmartWatch

City of Rockingham SmartWatch Vehicles

The City’s SmartWatch service is a vehicle security patrol service and is one of our safety initiatives. The vehicles conduct regular, coordinated patrols in targeted areas to deter criminal activity. 

All SmartWatch vehicles are fitted with surveillance cameras which can take a 360 degree external view of the vehicle’s surroundings. The vehicles also have the capability of being able to live stream to police. This recorded footage may be used by police to assist their investigations, and for evidence during a prosecution.

During the month of June, SmartWatch vehicles patrolled 40,179km of Rockingham streets and carried out;

  • 71 Requests for attendance
  • 57 Community Patrol Requests
  • 51 Holiday Watch Requests
  • 76 On Patrol Reports
  • 38 Patrols of Known Hot-Spots
  • 108 Field Reports to WA Police

​SmartWatch can be contacted during office hours on 9528 0333 or from midday until 4am, seven days a week on 1300 657 123.

 

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaption Plan – Stage 2

The draft CHRMAP is available for public comment until 6 August 2019. Three drop-in sessions have now been held, with approximately 80 residents attending overall to learn more about the CHRMAP and ask City Officers questions.

 

Baldivis Shopping Centre Carpark – Drainage Retrofit Works

The contract period for drainage works at the Baldivis Shopping Centre has been delayed due to recent heavy rains and is now scheduled to be completed by the end of July. Currently all the stormtrap units have been installed with the contractor now fitting the overlying inlet pits and levelling the sand infill ready for asphalting. 

The secondary drainage collapse has been rectified and asphalted over. On recommendation by Cardno, all of the drainage pits in the area have been inspected with 4 additional pits found to have incorrectly fitted geofabric. Cardno assures the City that this has now been resolved. 

 

Safety Bay/Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan

With the ‘Design Drivers’ adopted by Council in June 2019, the project has moved to the Master Plan design phase. It is expected that the draft Master Plan will be tabled before Council for consent to advertise in September or October 2019 prior to which the matter will be discussed at a Councillor Engagement Session.

 

P3365 Cape Peron K Battery Complex Point Peron Road, Point Peron

The City received a letter from the Dept of Planning Lands and Heritage (DPLH) in June requesting input to their consideration of including the Cape Peron K Battery Complex on the Register of Heritage Places.

The City of Rockingham responded stating that we are in favour of the area being registered. The official decision will be made at a DPLH meeting in early August. 

 

Engineering and Parks Services Information Bulletin

Asset Maintenance – Buildings

Autumn Centre

The dining room at the Autumn Centre was in need of painting maintenance to keep it in good  condition and very presentable. As the room is heavily used during the week, it was decided to repaint the area over the weekend to minimise disruption and allow paint fumes to dissipate.

 

Baldivis Recreation Centre 

Following extreme weather conditions, the ceiling in the foyer of the Baldivis Recreation Centre collapsed. Thankfully nobody was on site due to the timing of the event. The ceiling was removed and the site made safe with plastic fitted until the new ceiling was installed and finished.

 

Aqua Jetty 

Painting maintenance was completed in the health club, the RPM room and the front reception area. Painting at this site is challenging due to the busy operational schedule. With this in mind, plaster repairs and painting were completed between classes in the RPM room and out of hours in the health club.

 

Safety Bay Tennis Club 

The ground surrounding one of the soak wells next to the clubroom had begun to collapse. The area was excavated and improvements made to pipework and soak wells to prevent reoccurrence. 

 

Elanora Drive bus shelter 

Students from Rockingham High School painted a mural on the bus shelter on Elanora Drive, near Rockingham Hospital. The project was arranged in partnership between the Health Department and the City to promote anti smoking messages. On completion of the mural, the bus shelter was coated in a clear anti-graffiti product to protect the artwork from vandalism.

Rocky Davis and Dean Fisher (both Rockingham Senior High School staff), Jade Green (14), Henry Erasmus (15), Johnathon Peake (13), Matthew Curran (14), and Samantha Prentice (Artist) show off their work at the bus shelter.

 

Asset Maintenance – Reserves

City Park 

The entry statement wall was heavily bore-stained which was affecting the visual appeal of the reserve. A number of products were examined to remedy the issue and a product and contractor were selected to carry-out the bore stain removal. The product is non-toxic and safe for the surrounding grass and also does not adversely affect the painted surface. 

Entrance to City Park, Rockingham

 

 

Carpentaria Reserve 

The handrail surrounding the lake at Carpentaria Reserve was faded with flaking paintwork. The entire balustrade was sanded and prepared before being repainted. 

 

Bridport Point 

The rendered brick wall which surrounds the playground at Bridport had deteriorated with faded paint and salts showing through. Some repairs were made to the render in areas then the efflorescence was treated and the wall repainted. The wall again provides a functional and attractive surround to the playground and barbecue areas.

 

Lighting Inspections 

Monthly night time inspections are carried out by City contractors to all 3779 light poles. The results from June 2019 inspections confirmed that approximately 96% of the network is operational. Work requests are lodged for luminaries not operating correctly at the time of inspection. 

 

Vandalism 

Vandalism of assets is an ongoing issue for the City. Vandalism repairs take priority over other planned works as these issues invariably attract additional vandalism. In relation to specific acts of vandalism, there was a spate of thefts from several public toilets along the foreshore from Waikiki through to Shoalwater. These thefts ranged from stainless steel floor drain grates to the stripping of copper pipework and stainless steel sinks, with associated damage to doors and locks. The plumbing infrastructure has since been reinstated with Police reports lodged.

In addition to the thefts, there was also general vandalism damage caused at Churchill Park toilet, Bell Park Exeloo, Governor Road toilet, Harmony Park toilets, Victoria Street toilets, the Larkhill Bush toilet and Esplanade toilets. 

At the Baldivis Youth Space, unfortunately vandals damaged beyond repair the drinking fountain only 72 hours after it was replaced. This is despite the new drinking fountain being specifically designed as an anti-vandal unit. Also 33 hand holds on the climbing wall were destroyed and scattered throughout the sand soft fall below the playground. Officers are currently discussing ways to reduce vandalism at the site through built-form, fit-out changes as well as community engagement.

Vandalism at Baldivis Youth Space

 

Other issues experienced have included vandalism to park furniture items at The Harbour playground, Mike Barnett Sports Complex, Anniversary Park change rooms, Charnley Reserve, Blaxland Reserve, Oasis Reserve and Cud Swamp. 

Vandalism at Oasis Reserve

 

Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Stage One

The Boardwalk paving and decking has all been laid on each of the terraces. The top level of decking is progressing well. Furniture has been installed on the top level and lounge chairs have started to arrive on the middle terrace. Both sets of stairs have been completed. Construction of the slip lane from Patterson Road into Parkin Street has commenced with demolition, subbase and seal all completed. Adjacent pedestrian island and ramp modifications are underway. Railway Terrace finishing works are underway with trees and garden beds planted out, and light poles now in place and operational. The bus shelter artwork has been installed. Beach Plaza paving has been extended and preparation works for the remaining paving well underway. The eastern accessibility ramp has been poured, as has the stage area of the Lookout. Most of the lighting is now in place.

Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation Boardwalk with Furniture

Rockingham Foreshore Revitalisation Bus Shelter Artwork

 

Fantasy Park Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting Renewal, Waikiki 

This project consists of retrofitting new lights to existing light pole and the installation of 6 new poles. This project is complete.

Fantasy Park, Rockingham

 

Playground Replacement Programme

The current playground replacement programme for 2018/2019 is underway. All equipment has been ordered and is either being manufactured or has been installed. 

  • Hayes Water Reserve, Waikiki 
  • Balla Balla Reserve, Baldivis 
  • Benjamin Way Reserve, Rockingham 
  • Trustee Park, Baldivis 
  • Gidgi Way, Cooloongup 
  • Larkhill Hill, Secret Harbour 
  • Surf Drive Reserve, Secret Harbour 
  • Lewington Reserve, Rockingham 
  • City Park, Rockingham 

 

Port Kennedy Drive (Ennis Avenue to Warnbro Sound Avenue), Port Kennedy

The project consists of constructing a new second carriageway (westbound) between Ennis Avenue and Warnbro Sound Avenue and conversion of the existing two-way carriageway (eastbound). Pavement construction works are in progress on the section between Ennis Avenue and Bakewell Drive. 

Port Kennedy Drive

 

Greening Plan 

Throughout June, City and contractor crews continued to plant advanced trees in various public open space areas throughout the City, with the aim of increasing canopy coverage. There have been more than 2000 trees planted this year, with more than 5000 advanced trees having been planted since the inception of the Greening Plan project. 

 

Litter Debris Boom Installation, Bismarck Approach Drain – Lake Richmond Reserve

The Environmental team recently installed a litter debris boom at the Bismarck Approach drain to capture surface litter before it enters Lake Richmond Reserve. Information will be provided in future bulletins on the volume and type of litter collected in the boom.

Litter Debris Boom Bismark Approach Drain

 

Winter Revegetation Planting for the Environmental Reserves

June and July are preferred months for undertaking revegetation planting in non-irrigated Environmental Reserves, with more than 12000 plants planned to be planted over the period. During June the Environmental team planted in excess of 4000 plants throughout foreshore areas of Singleton, Golden Bay and Shoalwater, and Dixon Road Environmental Reserve. As a trial, protective plastic surrounds have not been installed for these plantings. 

 

Coastal Infrastructure

Mersey Point Sea Wall Design 

The detailed design and documentation of the Mersey Point Seawall was completed in June 2019. The City shall program the capital construction of the seawall to commence in March/April 2020 prior to the onset of winter 2020. 

Mersey Point Seawall

Mersey Point Seawall

 

Boat Ramp and Jetty Maintenance 

The City has appointed marine civil contractors to undertake maintenance works at the following facilities; The following maintenance activities were completed during the month of June; 

  • Val Street Jetty – Lower Level Landing Maintenance
  • Point Peron Boat Launching Facility – Jetty deck re-tightening of fixtures and fittings. 
  • Palm Beach Jetty – Lower Level Landing Handrail Repairs

 

Corporate and Community Development Committee

Corporate and General Management Services Information Bulletin 

 

Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club

The Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club has been approved to sublease the cafe section of the Club to Mataya Pty Ltd for an initial term of five years and an additional term of five years.

 

Local Government Elections 2019

Formal gazettal of the new ward boundaries and councillor representation has occurred. Liaison with the Western Australian Electoral Commission is underway for the October 2019 elections. Legislative changes have occurred in respect to requirements of candidates to undertake training, the implications of which is being investigated. A Candidate Information Session is tentatively scheduled for 22 August 2019.

 

Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2019

The above Bill has been passed by both houses of State Parliament. The amendments bring about a number of key changes.

Universal Training Universal training for local government election candidates and new Councillors is introduced. This comprises – 

  • Online induction for candidates prior to nominating 
  • Prescribe training for new Councillors
  • Local government to adopt a ‘council member training policy’ 
  • Annual reporting of training undertaken by elected members. 

 

Council Member Behaviour 

The introduction of a mandatory Code of Conduct for Council members. This Code will apply to candidates. The adoption of a Code of Conduct for Employees. There have been modifications to the minor breach provisions to include – 

  • Council members required to reimburse the local government the cost of the panel findings for an adverse breach. 
  • Time period for complaint reduced from two years to six months. 
  • Power to require mediation between parties. 

 

Community Development Information Bulletin

Youth and Community Support Services

 

Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group

On Thursday 20 June 2019, 23 members of the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency group met at City of Rockingham. The group discussed the Ward Road camp site, the homeless people frequenting the foreshore area and the collaboration and support that is occurring within the agencies in attendance. The Department of Communities presented on accessing the Department of Housing and the supports that they would like from local agencies when a person is at risk of losing their tenancy. Homelessness week was discussed and a working party has been formed to address the stigmatisation of the homelessness and the collation of essential items for local service providers during homelessness week. A working party for the Night Cafe/Drop-In Centre has been developed to investigate options/funding for Rockingham. 

 

Suicide to Hope

A Suicide to Hope workshop will be held on Monday 1 July 2019 at the Quest Apartments in Rockingham. This workshop presented by Living Works is clinician based training for those clinicians that have completed the Applied Intervention Suicide Skills Training (ASIST). This workshop has been promoted through the Service Provider and School networks within the City of Rockingham and is fully booked with an extensive waitlist. 

 

Financial Wellness – 4 Part Series 

Promotion for the first Financial Wellness workshop, being held at the Rockingham Central Library, has commenced through the City’s Facebook page. This four part series focuses on helping members in the community who are struggling with their finances. Each two hour session will include topics such as; budget creation, track your spending, review your budget and provide strategies on how to maintain your budget. The sessions will be held on four different dates in August, September and October 2019. With the first session commencing on Tuesday 13 August 2019. 

 

Line Of Sight Leadership and Diversionary Program 

The Line of Sight Program is a partnership with Western Australia Police Force (WAPOL) and the City of Rockingham. 15 local students from SMYL Community College, Rockingham Senior High School and Kolbe Catholic College will participate in the fortnightly program each Tuesday for 10 sessions from July to December 2019. The participants are aged between 14 and 16 years of age and have been nominated by their school and selected after individual student, parent and school interviews. The program will cover personal development topics through workshops and activities. Topics covered will be communication, healthy relationships, self-esteem, positive masculinity and femininity, team work, connection to culture and a graduation celebration. Youth worker support will be available throughout the program with case management available to all participants. 

 

HER Space Program July 10,11,17,18 2019 

Registrations are currently open for the HER (Hear, Empowered, Reminded of Worth) Space Program. The program will be delivered in partnership with AnglicareWA at Anglicare Rockingham, 14 Council Avenue, Rockingham during the July 2019 School Holidays for young women aged between 12 and 16 years. A variety of activities and workshops will be presented by the City of Rockingham Youth Workers, AnglicareWA Counsellors and external facilitators building the resilience and capacity in the young women attending. 

 

Youth Services 

The Youth Workers provided information, support, referral, advocacy and case management to 149 young people in local education settings. Presenting issues were mostly family and peer conflict and mental health issues.

 

Community Safety

City Partnerships Reduce Graffiti Incidents 

Community Safety Officers recently formed a partnership with Rockingham Senior High School and South Metropolitan Health Services to design a locally inspired mural for the City owned bus shelter located outside the Rockingham General Hospital on Elanora Drive, Cooloongup. The design and painting was undertaken by Rockingham Senior High School students in consultation with a local artist over a two day period, with the City painters applying an anti-graffiti coating to the finished artwork on Thursday 20 June 2019. The initiative aims to reduce incidents of graffiti vandalism whilst providing a welcoming, bright space for residents using public transport from this location. 

 

Community Safety Information Session – Karnup 

Recent feedback received from Western Australia Police Force and residents living in the rural region of Karnup (bounded by Paganoni Road and Stakehill Road along Amarillo Drive) indicated an increased number of burglaries occurring in the area since February 2019 (compared to the same period in 2018). As a result, residents living in the rural part of Karnup were invited to a community safety information session held at the Golden Bay Community Centre on Thursday 30 May 2019. Approximately 70 Karnup residents attended the session and engaged with SmartWatch, Community Safety Officers and Western Australia Police Force representatives. Home security and personal safety information was provided and residents had the opportunity to discuss their concerns and seek feedback in relation to the criminal activity occurring within the area.

 

Mobile CCTV Plinth – Karnup 

As a result of an increase in home burglaries that have occurred in the rural region of Karnup, additional surveillance in the form of a mobile CCTV plinth will be placed in the area. The CCTV mobile unit is scheduled for placement near the corner of Paganoni Road and Amarillo Road commencing week beginning 1 July 2019. The purpose of the unit placement will be to capture footage of vehicle movement in and out of the Karnup estate. Footage will be utilised by Western Australian Police Force for vehicle identification in instances of criminal activity.

 

Safety Subsidy Scheme 

During the period Monday 6 May to Friday 7 June 2019, a total of 38 Safety Subsidy Scheme applications have been received. This represents a decrease of 18% compared to the same period for 2018. Of the applications approved this month, security doors and screens are the most popular safety product purchased.

 

Port Kennedy Skate Park – Construction

Works completed in June 2019: 

  • Completion of concrete pours to snake run and bowl 
  • Completion of top slabs 
  • Completion of the slabs to bank adjacent to snake run 

Works scheduled for July 2019: 

  • Complete concrete pours to all smaller skate elements 
  • Installation of shade structures 
  • Complete concrete pours to lower slabs and basketball court 
  • Complete concrete pour to remaining large skate element 
  • Commencement of landscaping elements 

Port Kennedy Skate Park

 

Rockingham Youth Centre  

Works completed in June 2019: 

  • Additional stakeholder consultation was held with three high schools (one from each ward), Junior Council and SMYL Community College to further inform the detailed design. 183 young people were consulted during this phase of the project. 
  • Concept plan was made available on Share Your Thoughts. Four comments were received. 
  • Presentation to Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee on Monday 24 June 2019. 

Works scheduled for July 2019: 

  • Submission of funding application to Lotterywest 
  • Submission of Development Application 
  • The additional consultation has meant the commencement of the design development stage will commence in July 2019, instead of June 2019.

Rockingham Youth Centre Interior Artist Impression

 

Community Grants Program

The 2018/2019 Community Grants Program (CGP) has a budget of $546,000 and $406,778 has been approved and committed to date. Since the previous bulletin, the following applications have been received: 

 

Travel Subsidy Grants 

14 applications, totalling $3,500. 

 

Youth Encouragement Grants 

5 applications totalling $1,580.

 

Major Event Sponsorship and Major Grants 

2019/2020 CGP round one submissions were invited from eligible applicants for Major Grants, Major Event Sponsorship Grants and City Infrastructure Planning and Development Grants and closed 4.30pm Friday 3 May 2019. A total of 11 applications were received and classified into the following categories: 

  • Major Event Sponsorship – three applications 
  • Major Grants – eight applications 

 

Letters of Appreciation – Travel Subsidy Grant 

“I’d like to thank the City of Rockingham for awarding Michael Nvota the travel subsidy grant for attendance of the National Judo Championship in Queensland. Michael won gold medal in No Limits category under 50kg which he is exceptionally happy about. Kind Regards, Matej Nvota (dad)”

Michael Nvota at the National Judo Championships in Queensland

 

Youth Development

Change Maker Festival 

The Change Maker Festival is a one day annual festival for young people to learn and collaborate on social innovation and change initiatives, community action and advocacy. The festival is scheduled for Tuesday 22 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The Youth Reference Group have identified the following emerging issues to discuss at the festival; Climate Change, Youth Unemployment, Mental Health and Addiction and Family Domestic Violence.  

 

Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition 

The 2019 Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition will take place on Sundays throughout October 2019, with the Grand Final being held on Sunday 27 October 2019, in conjunction with the Foreshore Celebration weekend. The competition is being delivered by Take Eight Productions, with the primary targets of securing sponsorship and developing the marketing materials being planned this period. It is anticipated that the opportunity for musicians to enter the competition will open in late July 2019. 

2018 City of Rockingham Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition

 

May 2019 Summary

May 2019 Summary

May was a huge month, I’ve now officially attended more than 500 meetings and events since joining Council in October 2017.

With attendance at a number of City events, chairing Advisory Committees, School Board meetings, community & business events and meetings with local residents every day brings new challenges. There’s never a dull moment. Well reading 100’s of pages of reports can be a little tedious, but when you’re interested in the subject, it helps a lot.

Highlights from May 2019

 

Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Key Leaders In Business Breakfast

A Key Leaders in Breakfast event was held on 2 May 2019 at Hotel Clipper. Greg Hire, Vice-Captain of the Perth Wildcats and Founder of the Not for Profit group ‘A Stitch in Time’ was proposed to be the guest speaker however in great news, he was selected to play basketball in the US representing Australia and was unable to attend. Gary Gray AO, External Affairs General Manager at Mineral Resources stepped in to provide an informative presentation. 

RKCC Business Breakfast May 2019

Cr Andy Burns and Tracy Lindsey of Off The Beaten Track WA

 

Tourism Rockingham “Tourism at Twilight” Event

The Hotel Clipper and Tourism Rockingham held a joint event to promote Rockingham and help raise funds for the Rockingham Visitors Centre.

12 artists from across WA participated in the event drawing inspiration for their art from various West Australian Tourism Regions. Two of the three judges flew in from interstate and were joined by the CEO of Destination Perth. The inaugural event was a big success with all available tickets sold, and it caused quite a stir in the WA Tourism industry.  I suspect next years event will be even bigger.

Tourism Rockingham / Hotel Clipper Body Art Exhibition

Tourism Rockingham / Hotel Clipper Body Art Exhibition – Wonders of WA

 

Australian Citizenship Ceremony #1 & #2

With so many people wanting to call Rockingham home, the City held two Citizenship Ceremonies during the month of May. Some of the people I spoke to were keen to become Australian Citizens as soon as they could, whereas others were a little more relaxed. One gentleman I spoke to had lived in Coolongup for nearly 50 years before deciding it was time to ‘make it official’.

Rockingham City Pipe Band at the Rockingham Citizenship Ceremony May 2019

Rockingham City Pipe Band at the Rockingham Citizenship Ceremony May 2019

 

Cooloongup Primary School P&C Meeting

It was a little surreal being back at Cooloongup Primary School again earlier this month for the P&C Meeting. Especially since the meetings are held in what was once my year 7 class.

The Cooloongup Primary School P&C are full of enthusiasm with new committee members taking on the roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer, but they’re always on the lookout for more members. You don’t have to have children at the school, if you’ve got a little time on your hands and you’d like to help out they can be contacted via reception.

Cooloongup Primary School

Cooloongup Primary School

 

Junior Council #1 & #2

I spent time with both the Junior Council sessions this month and was really impressed by how well they spoke as they debated the issues that were important to them. I don’t think it’s right to take pictures at the Junior Council events because they’re not my kids, so no pictures to share, but I’m expecting big things from these two groups.

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 and alternative education settings.

 

May Ordinary Council Meeting

Every Council meeting is important, but this one was particularly special to me as not only did we endorse the Tourism Destination Strategy that I’ve been passionate about since the start, but we adopted the Single Use Plastics Policy that is in my opinion a great first step in making Rockingham a much more environmentally safe place. To me these two decisions go hand in hand.

The bulk of our tourism offering is based around our beautiful natural coastline, the Rockingham Foreshore, Cape Peron, and the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. By banning the release of helium balloons and the use of single use plastics we are helping to protect out natural assets. Having been a big supporter of the plastics ban, and having hosted the first free screening of Rubber Jellyfish here in WA, I’m over the moon to see the policy is now in place.

Cr Joy Stewart, Lisa Hills of Boycott Balloons and Cr Andy Burns

Cr Joy Stewart, Lisa Hills of Boycott Balloons and Cr Andy Burns at the screening of Rubber Jellyfish

 

 

A complete list of my May meetings.

A full list of all 501 meetings since October 2017 is available here.

 

  1. Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Key Leaders In Business Breakfast
  2. Official opening of “Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses”
  3. Cooloongup Community Safety Talk by Rockingham Police
  4. Global Friendship Committee Meeting
  5. Meeting with Hillman Resident
  6. Tourism Rockingham “Tourism at Twilight” Event
  7. 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards
  8. Australian Citizenship Ceremony #1
  9. Rockingham PCYC Committee Meeting
  10. Australian Citizenship Ceremony #2
  11. Meeting with Secret Harbour Resident
  12. Cooloongup Primary School P&C Meeting
  13. Rockingham Arts Centre, Twilight Arts
  14. CitySafe Advisory Committee Meeting
  15. Councillor Engagement Session
  16. Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
  17. Westport Information Session
  18. Meeting with Warnbro Resident
  19. National Walk Safely To School Day, Warnbro Primary School
  20. Meeting with Cooloongup Resident
  21. Planning and Engineering Services Committee Meeting
  22. Corporate & Community Development Committee Meeting
  23. Junior Council #1
  24. Mature Adults Learning Association Volunteer Morning Tea
  25. Meeting with Rockingham Foreshore Business Owners
  26. Junior Council #2
  27. Warnbro Primary School Board Meeting
  28. Volunteer Recognition Celebration
  29. Tourism Rockingham Board Meeting
  30. Meeting with Rockingham Resident
  31. Hillman Primary School P&C AGM
  32. Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition Launch
  33. ECU Student Radio Interview
  34. Meeting with Rockingham Museum
  35. Ordinary Council Meeting

 

As always, if you’d like to reach me to discuss anything of importance to you, I’d be more than happy to hear from you. Facebook, Twitter, Email, or just pick up the phone and give me a ring 0467 511 867.

City of Rockingham Celebrates Launch of New Nyoongar Trail

City of Rockingham Celebrates Launch of New Nyoongar Trail

City of Rockingham residents will now have the opportunity to explore and connect with the Nyoongar seasons after the City officially launched new signage for the Nyoongar Trail at Karnup Reserve.

The Nyoongar Trail, which was originally located at neighbouring Don Sheppard Reserve, was established to help the community learn about the ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have with Rockingham.

Signs at the Nyoongar Trail

 

The new trail recognises the importance the Nyoongar seasons have in understanding the country we live in and the way that Aboriginal people have lived for tens of thousands of years. New signage also includes significant use of Nyoongar language, which has been included to increase the visibility and recognition of the language in the community.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the trail and signs would be a resource for the entire community to enjoy.

“The new Nyoongar Trail will be a starting point that leads to more curiosity and interest from residents in learning about local Nyoongar culture, language and connection to country,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The project to develop the new signs involved contributions from a number of people and I would like to thank the City’s Aboriginal Advisory Group for their influential role and the students from Safety Bay Senior High School who developed the artwork featured on the signage.

“The City is currently in the process of developing its third Reconciliation Action Plan and during our consultations with the community the importance of increasing community cultural awareness was identified. Providing opportunities such as the Nyoongar Trail for community members and schools is an important step to achieving this.

“The trail will also provide tourists visiting Rockingham with the opportunity to explore and learn more about Nyoongar culture. Going forward, we hope that many residents and visitors will be able to gain an understanding of the history and significance the environment has to Aboriginal people.”

NOTE: The Nyoongar Trail is approximately 250m long on flat terrain and is expected to take about 10 minutes to complete on foot.

Delegation to Ako Advances Sister-City Relationship

Delegation to Ako Advances Sister-City Relationship

A delegation from the City of Rockingham is in Japan this week for a series of meetings that will strengthen the long standing sister-city relationship between the cities of Ako and Rockingham.

The cities of Rockingham and Ako have been engaged in a mutually beneficial sister-city relationship since April 1997. For more than 20 years representatives from both cities have visited each other, with a small delegation from Rockingham travelling to Ako in Hyogo Prefecture earlier this week.

During this week’s visit the delegation from Rockingham has met with Ako City officials to explore possibilities for wide ranging improvements for both communities.

Topics of discussion have included employment, economic development, tourism, aged care, disability services, rubbish disposal and recycling, as well as responding to climate change and the future of the Ako – Rockingham exchange.

The delegation also had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Governor Toshizo Ido, Governor of Hyogo Prefecture. During this meeting Mayor Barry Sammels presented Governor Ido with a letter from Premier Mark McGowan.

In his letter to Governor Ido, Premier McGowan said he hoped the visit would provide positive improvements and outcomes for both communities. He also indicated his desire to see the relationship between Ako and Rockingham continue to thrive, along with other sister-city relationships involving cities in Hyogo Prefecture.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the visit to Ako was playing a vital role in strengthening the sister-city relationship.

“The meetings we have had with Governor Ido and many Ako City officials have given the delegation useful insights, ideas and knowledge that we can apply at home,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While both cities have vastly different histories, we both share the need to develop in areas like tourism, employment and economic development. Issues surrounding climate change, aged care and disability services are all universal, so by working together we can we can make lasting improvements to both of our communities.”

Upon their return, each member of the delegation will provide a written report to Council via the Global Friendship Committee. The reports will highlight the outcomes of the visit.

 

 

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