The Harbour Playground Recognised as One of WA’s Best

The Harbour Playground Recognised as One of WA’s Best

The Harbour Playground in Secret Harbour has been recognised as one of the premier play facilities in Western Australia, after it won the Playspace Award for a project worth more than $500,000 at the Parks and Leisure Australia WA Awards of Excellence 2019.

Located on the Secret Harbour Foreshore, The Harbour Playground is a $2 million purpose built play space designed for people of all ages and abilities.

The project fended off competition from a number of facilities in other local governments including the City of Stirling’s $4 million Scarborough Beach Intergenerational Plaza and the City of Busselton’s ‘Sea Play on the Bay’ nautical themed playground to win the award.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was fantastic to see The Harbour Playground recognised on a state wide level.

“The Harbour Playground was an action in the City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy and its terrific to see such an innovative project receive the recognition it so richly deserves,” Mayor Sammels said.

“When designing and constructing this project the City took the time to engage with people living with disability, as well as industry experts who have the experience and expertise in assisting the diverse needs of people with disability.

“The outcome of this is a fantastic community play space that removes barriers for people with disability, giving visitors of all ages and abilities the chance to have fun in a safe and welcoming environment.”

Construction on The Harbour Playground began in November 2017 and was completed in late June 2018 before officially opening to much fanfare from residents and visitors alike.

The centrepiece of The Harbour Playground is an “underwater cave” with a giant octopus. All areas of the cave, including the tunnel are accessible and offer a range of play pieces including seaweed ropes, slides and a giant whirlpool net.

There are also a wide range of play areas that include a cruise line swing and a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

The Harbour Playground was built with funding contributions from Lotterywest, the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme and the Rockingham Rotary Club. Contractors EPCAD (Environment Places Creativity Design), Environmental Industries and Play Check also had a vital role in delivering the project.


New Mobility Scooter Charging Stations Now Available

New Mobility Scooter Charging Stations Now Available

Four new mobility scooter charging stations are now available in the City of Rockingham thanks to an exciting partnership between the City and RECHARGE Scheme.

The recharge points allows users of alternative forms of transport, like mobility scooters, to recharge their batteries at various locations. The new charging points are located at Rockingham Centre, with two points available near Target and two charging points near Specsavers.

The charging stations were installed by Vicinity Centres and are part of a wider RECHARGE Scheme network across the City, which also includes a charging point at the Autumn Centre.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the additional recharge points would give users of alternative forms of transport the freedom to travel further.

“The new recharge points are a fantastic addition to the community and will give mobility scooter users the opportunity to travel further distances without the fear of being stranded with a flat battery,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Users of the RECHARGE Scheme charging points in other locations have reported that they feel increased safety, social connection and improved wellbeing. This will be of particular benefit to seniors who are keen to leave their homes and connect with the community more often.

“The City is pleased that Vicinity Centres recognises the importance of providing these free charging stations for mobility scooter users to give them the peace of mind that they can charge their equipment if the need arises.”

The RECHARGE Scheme provides a national database of locations where electric mobility scooter users can safely charge their mobility vehicles.

To view other RECHARGE Scheme locations across WA and Australia visit the RECHARGE Scheme website.


Need Help Achieving Your New Year Goals?

Need Help Achieving Your New Year Goals?

The arrival of 2019 represents a fresh opportunity for residents to tackle their New Year’s resolutions and the City of Rockingham is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of services to help people reach their goals.

Whether they be social engagement, mental health or physical fitness targets, the City of Rockingham has a number of facilities and programs on offer that are focused on boosting community wellbeing.

Residents looking to improve their fitness can become a member at the Aqua Jetty in Warnbro, which as one of the City’s premier health facilities includes a 50m heated outdoor pool, 25m heated indoor pool, indoor leisure pool with slide, hydrotherapy pool, sauna, spa and steam room and a fully equipped health club.

The Rockingham Aquatic Centre also offers a fantastic range of watersport options, while those looking to take part in group fitness classes can check out what’s on offer at the Warnbro Community Recreation Centre. A number of team sports are also played at Mike Barnett Sports Complex.

The Autumn Centre on McNicholl Street in Rockingham presents people over the age of 50 with an opportunity to engage in a range of activities including arts and crafts courses, dance and fitness classes, games and social groups.

Seniors looking to further their physical and mental health are able to take part in the Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program, which is delivered at the Golden Bay Coastal Community Centre and the Baldivis Recreation Centre.

The Rockingham Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walking Group gives people living with dementia, and their carers, a chance to make new friends while keeping active in a welcoming and supportive environment.

Once a month the City also facilitates the ‘Drop in the Ocean’ Memory Café for people living with dementia and their carers. The café gives residents a chance to join in for a friendly cuppa, chat and make new friends along the way.

All of the City’s libraries offer an abundance of resources and activities for learning while the Rockingham Volunteer Centre gives residents the chance to make a positive contribution back to their community.

The City also offers an opportunity for residents to connect with other community members through its Social Connector Luncheon Program. Over food and drink residents can meet and connect with each other and form lasting friendships.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to check out the wide range of services and facilities on offer throughout the City.

“The start of a New Year often inspires people to make a number of New Year’s resolutions, and here at the City of Rockingham we are pleased to offer a range of services that can help residents improve their health and wellbeing,” Mayor Sammels.

“There’s no better time to start working on those resolutions than now, so whatever your age, background or goals, I encourage residents to explore the fantastic range of options available across the City.”

For more information on any of the services or programs run by the City email or contact 9528 0333.


Celebrate Ability 2018

Celebrate Ability 2018

The City of Rockingham will proudly support the United Nations’ International Day of People with Disability by hosting the Celebrate Ability event at the Gary Holland Community Centre on Thursday 29 November.

Running from 10.30am–1.30pm, Celebrate Ability is an inclusion focused event that aims to increase community awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability. It is also an opportunity to celebrate the contribution people with disability make to the community.

A range of activities including a silent disco, fun photo-booth and slot car races will be available as well as collaborative art experiences and the opportunity to interact with a pony from Peel Riding for the Disabled.Children participating in a dance performance.

Live entertainment from local schools, community groups and special guest dance group Tracksuit will also be a highlight.

Representatives from Special Olympics WA will also be present, providing sporting demonstrations and promotion of the Special Olympics WA State Games, which will be held in Rockingham in October 2019.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said this year’s celebration would be the eighth annual event the City had hosted to acknowledge International Day of People with Disability.

“Celebrate Ability is a fantastic event that gives us the opportunity to recognise the wonderful contribution people with disability make to our community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City aspires to create a community that is inclusive and welcoming to people with disability, their families and carers. Events like Celebrate Ability are pivotal to achieving that goal and it’s fantastic to see the event continue to grow each year.”

Celebrate Ability is a free event that is open to all residents. Auslan interpreters will be available on the day.

For more information on Celebrate Ability contact the City via email on or call 9528 0333.

Rockingham Launches It’s First RECHARGE Point

Rockingham Launches It’s First RECHARGE Point

The City of Rockingham, in partnership with RECHARGE Scheme, will launch the City’s first RECHARGE Point during the Rockingham E-Bike, Trike and Scooter Expo at the Autumn Centre on 22 November.

A first of its kind in the City, the recharge point will eventually form part of a network of charging stations across Rockingham that allows users of alternative forms of transport, like mobility scooters, to recharge their batteries at various locations.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the recharge point would provide a boost to members at the Autumn Centre who use alternative modes of transport to travel.

“The new recharge point at the Autumn Centre will give members peace of mind that they can charge their batteries and get home safely again,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It will also give other residents who may not have been able to visit the Autumn Centre due to transport issues, the opportunity to join in the range of fantastic activities, programs and support groups the centre has to offer.

“Not only is the recharge point great for providing confidence to the seniors who use it, we hope it will also encourage more Autumn Centre members to embrace sustainable forms of electric transport that are more environmentally friendly.”

The RECHARGE Scheme provides a national database of locations where electric mobility scooter users can safely charge their mobility vehicles.

Visit the RECHARGE Scheme website to see recharge locations across WA and Australia.

More information about the E-Bike, Trike and Scooter Expo.

Pin It on Pinterest