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.

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation

Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation

onstruction of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is now complete, with the $15.75 million project now open to the public.

The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is an exciting and long awaited enhancement to the City’s most popular location.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the completion of the project represented an exciting moment in the history of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore precinct.

“The completion of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is a landmark moment for the City,” Mayor Sammels said.

“When ground was broken at the Foreshore in July 2018 after extensive community consultation, we wanted to give residents, visitors and businesses a high quality space that everyone could be proud of.

“Our aim was to develop a vibrant, pedestrian friendly precinct that physically and conceptually connects the City with the sea through an innovative upgrade which retains many of the best elements that made the Foreshore so great to begin with.”

Stage one comprised three main areas – Railway Terrace, now a pedestrian friendly shopping and eat street, the Beach Plaza, which will become a new heart for Rockingham with a range of recreational, cultural and heritage attractions, and the new-look Boardwalk, with timber terraces and some ‘young at heart’ attractions connecting to the beach.

Construction on the project began on 31 July 2018, with works temporarily put on hold from 7 December 2018 – 18 February 2019 to allow visitors and businesses to capitalise on the busy summer break.

“The City thanks the community and the businesses in the area for their patience during construction. It was always going to be an inconvenience, but we had strong support from stakeholders to get stuck in and get the job done”, Mayor Sammels said.

“Thanks to the concerted efforts of all involved, and the ongoing support of businesses and visitors who really got behind the project, stage one is complete, and we can all look forward to enjoying our new-look foreshore attracting more people than ever to this iconic part of Rockingham.”

Following completion of the project the City will host a special two day Foreshore Celebration 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.

“The improved foreshore precinct will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state, national and international level,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution to the project from its National Stronger Regions Fund and also thanks civil engineering contractor Ertech, the landscape design team from Place Laboratory and the City’s own staff who have put in a huge effort to deliver this project on budget and on schedule.”

Separate to the foreshore contract, several art projects will be installed soon, including the Founders’ Memorial Clock, which will serve as the entry statement to the precinct, an ‘Eagle Ray’ sculpture in the Park Plaza, and painted Aboriginal artwork to the lookout walls.

 

Young Musicians Encouraged to Sign up for Breakthrough

Young Musicians Encouraged to Sign up for Breakthrough

The annual Act-Belong-Commit Breakthrough Music Competition is approaching fast and young musicians are being encouraged to sign up for the competition to get their chance to claim part of the impressive prize pool.

The Breakthrough Music Competition offers young people the chance to showcase their talents and opens up potential pathways that residents aged 12 to 24 can use to get their foot into the door of the music industry.

Entrants have the chance to win from a pool of $10,000 worth of cash and prizes, with heats to be hosted at shopping centres across the City throughout October.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Breakthrough Music Competition offered young people the chance to share their work and gain exposure in front of larger crowds.

“Since Breakthrough began in 2012 the competition has given many musicians the ability to take their first steps into the professional music industry,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds have seized the opportunity to turn their passion into greater success and I encourage any young people who are keen to forge a career in the musical industry to participate in the competition.”

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

Following the heats, a grand final event will be held at the Rockingham Foreshore on Sunday 27 October from 11.30am –2pm, as 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.

 

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