City’s Rangers Recognised as WA’s Best

City’s Rangers Recognised as WA’s Best

The City of Rockingham’s Ranger Services have been recognised as the best in Western Australia by the WA Rangers Association.

The prestigious Rangers Team of the Year Award for Western Australia was announced during a gala dinner held by the WA Rangers Association on 18 September 2019 at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough.

Each year the WA Rangers Association presents the award to one Local Government Ranger team in WA based on their “excellence of service provided to the community.”

This year the City of Rockingham fended off competition from a number of finalists including Cambridge, Canning; Collie; and Kwinana to win the prestigious award.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the City’s Ranger Services on their success.

The City’s Ranger Services have a tough and often thankless job. They shoulder responsibility for enforcing a wide range of laws in our community that relate to parking, dogs, cats, beaches and reserves” Mayor Sammels said.

“Some of the dog attack investigations they have dealt with over the last few years have been quite horrific and there have been many prosecutions undertaken by the team, it is quite a stressful job, so to receive the award from the WA Rangers Association is a testament to the outstanding effort all team members have put in.

“The City congratulates Rangers Services on the award and looks forward to seeing the team continue to deliver excellent service to the community.”

 

Child Protection Week 2019

Child Protection Week 2019

The City of Rockingham is proudly supporting Child Protection Week 2019 by hosting a free protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers on Wednesday 4 September.

Child Protection Week is a national campaign driven by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

In 2019 the campaign will be held from Sunday 1 September to Saturday 7 September and it aims to raise awareness that everyone has a role to play in protecting children from harm.

The City’s free protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers will take place at Quest Rockingham from 5.30pm – 7.30pm.

The event will be delivered by the Kwinana Early Years’ Service (KEYS) and will equip parents to support their children to develop personal safety skills and techniques that will help protect them in times of adversity.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said building stronger communities was vital to creating safer environments for children.

“The City has supported Child Protection Week for the past four years and is proud to be supporting it again in 2019,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The protection and safety of children is a crucial issue in any community and events like the protective behaviours workshop for parents and carers play an important role in preventing child abuse.

“This Child Protection Week the City would also like to recognise the variety of community support services in Rockingham which provide ongoing care, support and therapy to local families and children.”

To book a place in the workshop contact the City on 9528 0333

Parents, guardians, carers, children and teenagers in need of immediate support are encouraged to contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

 

Homelessness Week 2019

Homelessness Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly partner with a number of local organisations to support a range of community events as part of Homelessness Week 2019.

Running from Sunday 4 August – Saturday 10 August 2019, Homelessness Week is an annual national event coordinated by Homelessness Australia.

The event focuses on raising community awareness about people experiencing homelessness and the action needed to achieve lasting solutions. The theme in 2019 is ‘Housing Ends Homelessness.’

On Tuesday 6 August 2019 the City will support the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group’s free event at the Salvation Army Rockingham, located on Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.

Taking place from 10am – 12pm, this event will include a street doctor, dentist and support from providers including Anglicare WA, Department of Human Services, South Costal Health and Community Services, Babbinguar Mia, headspace Rockingham, Department of Housing, Outreach Workers and WA Homeless Advocates.

Following this event, the City will support Anglicare WA’s pop-up op shop on Wednesday 7 August at the St Nicholas Community Centre on Council Avenue.

The op shop will be open from 10am – 1pm and will give people the opportunity to purchase valuable goods and items at affordable prices.

The City will also provide free training for local not-for-profits, volunteers and service providers on de-escalation techniques on Thursday 8 August 2019. This special workshop will be held at Quest Apartments on Flinders Lane from 9am – 4.30pm. Only people working with clients in Rockingham are able to attend and there are limited places remaining.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said homelessness was a complex issue that required a multi-faceted approach from a wide range of community stakeholders.

“Homelessness is an issue that impacts people from all walks of life and requires careful, considered solutions from a range of groups,” Mayor Sammels said.

“As outlined in the City’s Community Support Services Strategy 2017 – 2022, our primary responsibility in tackling this issue comes in the form of advocacy, education and support for the not-for-profit sector.

“The City chairs the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group, which includes representatives from a variety of government and not-for-profit support groups. This network plays a key role in coordinating the delivery of important services to those in need.

“In addition, the City actively supports the network and has provided grant funding to local support groups that deliver programs, events and services for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.”

Find out more information about local service providers in the community here.

To book a spot at the City’s de-escalation techniques workshop on Thursday 8 August call 9528 0333.

 

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

 

BEN Signage to be Installed Across City Beaches

BEN Signage to be Installed Across City Beaches

City of Rockingham beachgoers are now able to guide emergency services to their precise location with ease after the Beach Emergency Numbers (BEN) system was introduced in the City.

The system, which is named in honour of fatal shark bite victim Ben Gerring, is a coding system that is designed to improve emergency response times at beaches by installing signs with unique numbers at beach access points.

The BEN signage is part of a state wide system with more than 650 signs installed so far state-wide between Geraldton and Esperance. Throughout the City of Rockingham, 67 signs will be installed on the mainland with a further 14 installed on Garden Island.

In the event of an emergency anyone is able to ring 000 and quote the nearest BEN sign number which is linked to the GPS co-ordinates for that location.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the BEN signs could play a critical role in assisting first responders during an emergency situation.

“The City of Rockingham is home to 37 km of pristine coastline and many residents like to take advantage of the wonderful marine environment that is on our doorstep,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While many people do enjoy the beach, a number of things can go wrong in the water which is why the new BEN signs are vitally important to helping first responders in an emergency.

“Whether it is a potential shark bite, drowning or surfing injury, the BEN signs will help cut response times to emergencies.”

The rollout of BEN signs across the City was co-ordinated by the City’s Compliance and Emergency Liaison Team and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, with funding for the sign production from the State Government.

City of Rockingham BEN Sign

An interactive map of BEN signs in the City is available from the SharkSmart website. 

Static maps of BEN signs are also available. This website can also be used to check the latest reported shark sightings and tagged shark detections.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

(Please note: the BEN Signs will continue to be installed across the City’s beaches until the end of July 2019).

 

 

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