Local residents will soon be able to share their thoughts on the Safety Bay Shoalwater Foreshore Master Plan, after the City of Rockingham Council supported the release of the draft for public comment at the ordinary council meeting on Tuesday 24 September 2019.
The master plan, which will provide a broad vision for the foreshore over the next 20 to 30 years, will be open for public comment for one month from Wednesday 9 October 2019.
During this period the City will host two public information workshops at the Safety Bay Yacht Club and the Safety Bay Library, where residents will have the opportunity to inspect the plans and ask questions of the City’s project team.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the draft master plan proposes to better connect the various parts of the foreshore, both physically and visually, and to enhance the key nodes that attract visitors.
“The Safety Bay/ Shoalwater foreshore is a highly valued asset of the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
It attracts people from the local community and beyond who are drawn to its calm family-friendly waters, the unique perspective across the Shoalwater Marine Park, along with its eco-based attractions, and relaxed atmosphere. It is also popular for marine-based sporting enthusiasts and the boating community.”
The content contained in the draft master plan is informed by feedback received from the community in early 2019. Almost 650 stakeholders participated in a coastal values survey and shared their thoughts regarding what they valued about the foreshore, how it is used and where improvements could be made.
“Some of the key proposals involve improvements around The Pond to support the emerging kite surfing and wind surfing community and more readily allow the hosting of events,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The draft also proposes improvements to the function and amenity of Mersey Point so that the thousands of people who visit this location each week can enjoy the eco-tourism attractions on offer within the Shoalwater Marine Park.”
The draft master plan also seeks feedback on the potential for more food and beverage offerings within the foreshore and a swimming platform at Waikiki Beach.
When adopted, the changes recommended in the master plan will be implemented over the short, medium and long term when funds become available.
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The newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore was officially opened on Thursday 26 September 2019, with the City of Rockingham hosting a ceremony to mark the occasion.
As one of the most significant projects ever undertaken by the City, stage one of the $15.75 million Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation comprised three main areas with works taking place on Railway Terrace, the Beach Plaza and the Boardwalk.
To formally signal the opening of the revitalised foreshore precinct, City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels was joined by Senator Matt O’Sullivan, the Honourable Simon O’Brien MLC, fellow councillors and members of the Aboriginal Advisory Group.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the opening of the revitalised foreshore was a landmark moment in the City’s history.
The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation was an exciting and long awaited enhancement to the City’s most popular location,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The official opening ceremony was an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of a new era at the Foreshore as well as being a chance to honour the long standing connection that Nyoongar people have with this beautiful area.
“The City gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution of funding through the National Stronger Regions Fund and also thanks civil engineering contractor Ertech, the landscape design team from Place Laboratory and the City’s own staff for delivering the project.”
A special two-day Foreshore Celebration will be held for the community on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition and will feature free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.
Representatives from local basketball, wheelchair basketball, soccer and swimming organisations were recognised for their outstanding achievements at the 2019 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards.
More than 100 guests were in attendance at the Gary Holland Community Centre for the 23rd annual Sports Star Awards on Thursday 19 September 2019, which were hosted by the City to acknowledge the clubs and people who have excelled in their chosen sports.
The 2019 Sports Star Award winners include:
- Senior Sports Star of the Year: Holly Barratt (Swimming)
- Junior Sports Star of the Year: Luke Travers (Basketball)
- Club of the Year: Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association
- Team of the Year: Rockingham City Football Club – 1st Team
- Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability: Ben Sainsbury (Wheelchair Basketball)
- Volunteer of the Year: Warren Boucat (Basketball)
- John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award: Kevin Corbitt (Basketball)
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the seven winners and the 22 finalists on their accomplishments during the awards.
“Sport is a vital element in creating a physically and mentally healthy community and the Sports Star Awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise the athletes, clubs and volunteers who excel in their respective sporting codes,” Mayor Sammels said.
“We have an active sporting community that thrives on the local, state, national and international sporting stage and I congratulate all of this year’s finalists and winners on their efforts.”
“The City will now turn its attention to hosting the Special Olympics WA State Games, which will be taking place on the weekend of Saturday 5 October and Sunday 6 October 2019.”
The Sports Star Awards began in 1997 and have continued to grow each year, becoming one of the premiere events on the local sporting calendar.
The City would like to acknowledge sponsors of the 2019 Sports Star Awards for their commitment and support including The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.
onstruction of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is now complete, with the $15.75 million project now open to the public.
The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is an exciting and long awaited enhancement to the City’s most popular location.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the completion of the project represented an exciting moment in the history of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore precinct.
“The completion of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is a landmark moment for the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
“When ground was broken at the Foreshore in July 2018 after extensive community consultation, we wanted to give residents, visitors and businesses a high quality space that everyone could be proud of.
“Our aim was to develop a vibrant, pedestrian friendly precinct that physically and conceptually connects the City with the sea through an innovative upgrade which retains many of the best elements that made the Foreshore so great to begin with.”
Stage one comprised three main areas – Railway Terrace, now a pedestrian friendly shopping and eat street, the Beach Plaza, which will become a new heart for Rockingham with a range of recreational, cultural and heritage attractions, and the new-look Boardwalk, with timber terraces and some ‘young at heart’ attractions connecting to the beach.
Construction on the project began on 31 July 2018, with works temporarily put on hold from 7 December 2018 – 18 February 2019 to allow visitors and businesses to capitalise on the busy summer break.
“The City thanks the community and the businesses in the area for their patience during construction. It was always going to be an inconvenience, but we had strong support from stakeholders to get stuck in and get the job done”, Mayor Sammels said.
“Thanks to the concerted efforts of all involved, and the ongoing support of businesses and visitors who really got behind the project, stage one is complete, and we can all look forward to enjoying our new-look foreshore attracting more people than ever to this iconic part of Rockingham.”
Following completion of the project the City will host a special two day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition and will feature free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.
“The improved foreshore precinct will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state, national and international level,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The City gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution to the project from its National Stronger Regions Fund and also thanks civil engineering contractor Ertech, the landscape design team from Place Laboratory and the City’s own staff who have put in a huge effort to deliver this project on budget and on schedule.”
Separate to the foreshore contract, several art projects will be installed soon, including the Founders’ Memorial Clock, which will serve as the entry statement to the precinct, an ‘Eagle Ray’ sculpture in the Park Plaza, and painted Aboriginal artwork to the lookout walls.
The City of Rockingham is preparing to host a major sporting event in October, with the Special Olympics Western Australia State Games taking place from Saturday 5 October to Sunday 6 October 2019.
The Special Olympics WA State Games will feature 125 athletes with an intellectual disability competing in a variety of sports. An opening ceremony will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre on Saturday 5 October and will include lighting the first ever Special Olympics WA State Games Torch.
Sporting competitions will follow the opening ceremony and continue through to the evening of Sunday 6 October, concluding with a closing ceremony and disco for athletes.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was thrilled to be hosting the Special Olympics WA State Games for the very first time.
“Having secured the rights to host Special Olympics WA State Games in 2018, the City has been looking forward to this major sporting event,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Sport is so important when it comes to building physically and mentally healthy communities and it’s great to see Special Olympics WA give people with intellectual disability the chance to get active, make friends, build their confidence and compete in their chosen sport.
“There’s sure to be some exciting events take place throughout the games, so I encourage residents to throw their support behind the athletes as they pursue their sporting goals.”
Special Olympics Australia is part of a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs to end discrimination against, and empower people with, intellectual disabilities.