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).



Memorial Plaques Targeted by Heartless Thieves

Memorial Plaques Targeted by Heartless Thieves

Residents across the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police after a number of plaques were stolen from memorial benches.

Residents across the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police after a number of plaques were stolen from memorial benches.

Thieves recently targeted a number of memorial seats between Safety Bay Road and Shelton Street in Waikiki, with a City audit revealing all 10 plaques in the area were stolen from the benches.

Further audits in other areas across the City are also being carried out to determine how widespread the issue has become.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels condemned the thefts and encouraged residents to report any suspicious behaviour to Police.

“Local families install these plaques to honour the memory of loved ones who have passed away and it’s disgraceful that thieves would steal them simply to make a profit,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While the theft of plaques is not uncommon, the escalation in the frequency and number of thefts from memorial benches across the City has recently reached new levels and is of concern.

“I encourage all residents and metal recycling yards to be vigilant and report any stolen plaques to the relevant authorities.”

To combat this rise in thefts, the City is investigating other methods of plaque installation that make them harder to steal.

Anybody who witnesses any suspicious activity surrounding memorial benches is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Alternatively, callers can contact the Police incident line on 131 444 and provide their details.


Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup Primary School students are now more familiar with the road rules, after the City of Rockingham provided them with an opportunity to make a special visit to the Constable Care Road Safety School.

Located in Maylands, the Constable Care Safety School gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about vital pedestrian, bicycle and public transport safety skills.

The facility is equipped with a purpose-built classroom complex and a realistic layout of Perth’s streets. It also features cutting-edge augmented reality in a simulated-risk environment that is designed to help students learn.

The school’s visit to the Constable Care Safety School was made possible thanks to a partnership the City shares with Constable Care. This agreement also facilitates the opportunity for Constable Care performances in every primary and secondary school in the Rockingham area.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was important for students to learn about road safety at an early age.

“Road trauma is a significant issue that all motorists and passengers in Western Australia need to be aware of, so it’s vital that our youngest residents become familiar with the rules on our roads,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While they may not be sitting behind the wheel yet, it is important for young students to know how to safely cross a busy intersection, hail a bus, spot hazards as a passenger in the car and to understand the rules around cyclists.

“The Constable Care Safety School experience highlights all of these important points and links them directly to the WA primary school curriculum.”

Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Day

On Friday 17 May 2019 school children across the City of Rockingham will be encouraged to start their day with a walk to school as part of the National Walk Safely to School Day event.

Now in its 20th year, National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event that encourages students to walk and commute safely to school. It seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

In a bid to encourage as many schools as possible to take part in the event, the City is supporting a number of primary and secondary schools to host a healthy breakfast as part of their events.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said 31 schools had registered to receive their donation for a healthy breakfast.

“The National Walk Safely to School Day event is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of maintaining a physically active lifestyle, having a healthy diet, looking after the environment and road safety,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The event promotes active travel which has a wide range of benefits including reduced traffic congestion, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved social wellbeing and a greater sense of community.

“I encourage as many students as possible to replace vehicle travel with walking on Friday 17 May.”

Who’s involved

The schools across the City of Rockingham involved in the 2019 National Walk to School Day event include:

  • Baldivis Secondary College
  • Rockingham Senior High School
  • Warnbro Community High School
  • Living Waters Lutheran College
  • Mother Teresa Catholic College
  • Rockingham Montessori School
  • Tranby College
  • South Coast Baptist College
  • Baldivis Gardens Primary School
  • Baldivis Primary School
  • Bungaree Primary School
  • Charthouse Primary School
  • Comet Bay Primary School
  • Cooloongup Primary School
  • East Waikiki Primary School
  • Endeavour Education Support Centre
  • Endeavour Primary School
  • Makybe Rise Primary School
  • Port Kennedy Primary School
  • Rockingham Beach Education Support Centre
  • Rockingham Beach Primary School
  • Rivergums Primary School
  • Secret Harbour Primary School
  • Settlers Primary School
  • Singleton Primary School
  • St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
  • Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
  • Tuart Rise Primary School
  • Warnbro Primary School
  • Waikiki Primary School
  • Safety Bay Senior High


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