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.

Australia Day 2019 Celebrations

Australia Day 2019 Celebrations

As part of the City of Rockingham’s Summer Series of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events, residents are invited to join the City in celebrating Australia Day with family and friends at Churchill Park on Saturday 26 January 2019.

The City’s annual Australia Day celebration starts at 5pm and will feature live performances from Chris Gibbs Band, 2018 Breakthrough Music Competition Finalists, Akwaaba Drumming Circle and other exciting local talent.

West Oz Wildlife will entertain the crowds with a selection of native Australian animals while there will also be free children’s activities, amusement rides and food vendors. A spectacular fireworks display at 8.30pm will cap off Australia Day celebrations.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to join in the Australia Day Celebrations.

“The City’s Australia Day Celebration at Churchill Park is one of our most popular annual events and has been held for many years,” Mayor Sammels said.

“In addition to celebrating Australia Day at the foreshore, the City is also proud to conduct its annual Australia Day ceremony at the City’s administration building in the morning. Up to 70 new Australians will be welcomed during a citizenship ceremony while the winners of the Community Citizen of the Year Awards will also be announced.”

Additional parking for the celebration at the foreshore will be available at the Village Green from 4pm – 9pm. The City has also arranged for Transperth to provide extended services for bus route 555 between Rockingham Train Station and Rockingham Beach.

The 555 bus route will be extended to 9.30pm, operating on a 15 minute frequency to help spectators get to and from the foreshore.

The City also gratefully acknowledges support from event sponsors Lotterywest, Media Engine, AHG Rockingham, Rockingham Mazda, Weekend Courier and Total Kooling Solutions.


Citizenship Ceremony – April 2018

Citizenship Ceremony – April 2018

The City of Rockingham Citizenship Ceremony for April was held in the City Reception Room last night.

It was another great event with 60 people becoming Australian Citizens and choosing to call Rockingham home.

Congratulations guys.

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