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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
A complete list of my May meetings.
A full list of all 501 meetings since October 2017 is available here.
- Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Key Leaders In Business Breakfast
- Official opening of “Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses”
- Cooloongup Community Safety Talk by Rockingham Police
- Global Friendship Committee Meeting
- Meeting with Hillman Resident
- Tourism Rockingham “Tourism at Twilight” Event
- 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards
- Australian Citizenship Ceremony #1
- Rockingham PCYC Committee Meeting
- Australian Citizenship Ceremony #2
- Meeting with Secret Harbour Resident
- Cooloongup Primary School P&C Meeting
- Rockingham Arts Centre, Twilight Arts
- CitySafe Advisory Committee Meeting
- Councillor Engagement Session
- Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
- Westport Information Session
- Meeting with Warnbro Resident
- National Walk Safely To School Day, Warnbro Primary School
- Meeting with Cooloongup Resident
- Planning and Engineering Services Committee Meeting
- Corporate & Community Development Committee Meeting
- Junior Council #1
- Mature Adults Learning Association Volunteer Morning Tea
- Meeting with Rockingham Foreshore Business Owners
- Junior Council #2
- Warnbro Primary School Board Meeting
- Volunteer Recognition Celebration
- Tourism Rockingham Board Meeting
- Meeting with Rockingham Resident
- Hillman Primary School P&C AGM
- Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition Launch
- ECU Student Radio Interview
- Meeting with Rockingham Museum
- Ordinary Council Meeting
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