The City of Rockingham has partnered with University of Western Australia Sport to deliver an internationally renowned sporting program focused on improving men’s health.
Starting on Thursday 5 September 2019, the MAN v FAT soccer program will kick off with an information session at the Aqua Jetty in Warnbro.
The MAN v FAT soccer program is an initiative from UWA that is inspired by a successful version of the same program which originated in the United Kingdom.
The program sees men compete in a 15 week, 6-a-side soccer league that is exclusively designed for men with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 27.5.
During matches the results are determined not only by the number of goals scored, but also by factoring in the amount of weight a team has lost during the previous week.
Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged eligible men in the City of Rockingham to get involved in the new competition.
“The MAN V FAT soccer program is an exciting new initiative that is focused on improving the health profile of men across the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The league is the first of its kind in Rockingham and aims to support men in achieving long lasting weight loss and behavioural change.
“Participants will be supported to achieve long term weight loss by receiving a MAN v FAT soccer handbook, weight loss manual as well as having access to a website, online forum and messaging network with their team mates.”
The season will run from 5 September 2019 to 5 December 2019. Games will be played on the indoor multipurpose court at the Aqua Jetty from 6.30pm – 8.30pm each Thursday night.
Matches will be 30 minutes long and players will be weighed before the game to gauge their progress.
A one-off $10 registration fee applies to participants. Register here.
Seniors across the City of Rockingham who are looking to boost their fitness and make some new friends along the way are encouraged to participate in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.
The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program is designed for people aged 60 and over, and consists of physical and social activities facilitated by experienced fitness professionals from the Aqua Jetty in a friendly group setting.
The program is delivered at two locations across the City. The Baldivis Recreation Centre on Fifty Road hosts activities for the program on Mondays from 10am – 11.30am and on Wednesdays from 9am – 10.30am. It is also delivered at the Coastal Community Centre in Golden Bay on Tangadee Road on Mondays and Fridays from 9am – 10.30am.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the program offered seniors a fantastic opportunity to boost their physical and mental health. “The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program was first rolled out in May 2018 and has proven to be a big hit with seniors across the community,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Seniors are able to interact with each other in a friendly environment and enjoy some light exercises and activities designed to boost their fitness. Each session is conducted under the watchful eye of trainers specially trained in senior’s fitness and is capped off with morning tea and coffee.
“I encourage any seniors in the community who are looking to boost their physical and mental health to get involved in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.”
Bookings are not required for the program. For more information contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888.
Artists in the City of Rockingham are running out of time to make a submission in the City’s first ever Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, with entries closing on Friday 16 August 2019 at 4pm.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be displayed at the Rockingham Arts Centre from 26 October – 3 November 2019 and will celebrate the beauty and intricacy of small scale, three dimensional artworks created with recycled and repurposed materials.
Held in conjunction with the City’s Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition, the event will also include a $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award.
The award will be presented to one artist who demonstrates excellence in the creation of a small sculpture and whose work creatively uses recycled components.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged local artists to make a submission before the deadline.
“The up and coming Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre will represent an exciting first for arts and culture in our City,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Submissions are open to emerging and established professional artists from across the state and we want to see as many local artists as possible getting involved.
“With less than a month left before the deadline I urge any interested artists to get involved and make a submission as soon as possible.”
Artists can enter pieces into both the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition and the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition, provided they adhere to the separate terms and conditions.
The Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will run from 9am – 5pm daily at the Rockingham Arts Centre throughout the designated dates.
More information and entry forms for the Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhbition can be found on the City of Rockingham website.
The City of Rockingham’s libraries will come to life with activity throughout August, with a wide range of exciting events planned to celebrate Children’s Book Week 2019.
Children’s Book Week is a national initiative that will be held from Saturday 17 – Friday 23 August. It is designed to boost literacy in young Australians and the theme for 2019 is “Reading is My Secret Power.”
To celebrate Children’s Book Week locally, the City will be running a series of activities at all four of its libraries throughout August.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged families to head into their local library and join in the fun during Children’s Book Week 2019.
“Each year Children’s Book Week is one of the premier events on our library calendars and it represents a terrific opportunity for kids to celebrate the joy of reading,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Reading is a powerful tool that plays a vital role in boosting literacy skills for children so it is important for the City to celebrate Children’s Book Week.
“We are thrilled to be hosting a variety of events and activities for young readers of all ages, so I encourage residents to pop into their local library and get involved in this terrific initiative.”
Full information regarding the activities scheduled across the City’s libraries for Children’s Book Week 2019 is as follows:
Aśka is a passionate children’s book illustrator and science communicator with a background in both arts and quantum physics. She has illustrations being published in seven books in 2019, including the Eco Rangers series by Candice Lemon-Scott. You can meet Aśka at the following times and locations:
Tuesday 6th August 2019
3.30pm – 4.30pm at the Safety Bay Library’s Bookstars Club (Ages 6 – 12).
5.30pm – 6.30pm at the Warnbro Community Library’s Wicked session (Ages 12 – 17).
Saturday 24th August 2019
9am – 10am at Rockingham Central Library (Ages 6 – 10).
11am – 12pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre (Ages 8+).
Book Week Bonanza (Mary Davies Library and Community, Saturday 17 August 2019, 10am – 12pm)
Celebrate Children’s Book Week at the library and discover your secret power as you learn how to do circus tricks with Ricochet Circus, listen to some wonderful stories and craft your own creations to take home. This is a community event open to all ages.
Sabrina Dudgeon – Author Talk (Monday 19 August 2019)
Sabrina Dudgeon-Swift is descended from the Bardi people from north of Broome, and the Gija people in the East Kimberley. Sabrina grew up in Darwin, but now lives in Perth and works for the School of Indigenous Studies at The University of Western Australia. Her story Lilli and Shadow in Trouble is part of the Waarda series for young readers and was inspired by her nanna and the stories she shared. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.
9.30am – 10.30am at Warnbro Community Library.
11.30am -12.30pm at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre.
1.30pm – 2.30pm at Rockingham Central Library.
Tamara Moss – Author Talk (Thursday 22 August 2019)
Author of Lintang and the Pirate Queen (which was a notable book in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards in 2018), Tamara Moss is an engaging and passionate speaker with a background in Asian studies.
She has written two more books in the Lintang series, which have received rave reviews for their sense of adventure, charming characters and vivid fantasy world. These sessions are for school groups and homeschoolers aged 7 – 11.
Sessions running 9.30am – 10.30am at Mary Davies Library and Community Centre and from 11.30am – 12.30pm at Safety Bay Library.
The City of Rockingham will proudly host a number of community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019, with residents across the City invited to attend.
NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July and give people the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always wanted an enhanced role in decision making in Australia’s democracy.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be participating in a series of events that focused on bringing the community closer together.
“The City of Rockingham recognises the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and the links of people living here today, with a long line of ancestors,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Rockingham is a wonderful, diverse community and NAIDOC Week represents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.
“While NAIDOC Week will officially be held from 7 – 14 July, the City will be hosting multiple events throughout June, July and August so residents have the best possible chance to participate in a series of exciting activities.”
NAIDOC Week events
City of Rockingham events celebrating NAIDOC Week include:
Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration Event
When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Come along and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community. Cultural performances, fun activities and food available.
Cultural Walking Tour – Point Peron
When: Friday 12 July 2019
Where: Point Peron, Rockingham
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Suitable for all ages, this guided tour will give an in-depth perspective of Point Peron. Participants will receive a spiritual introduction to the land and sea while enjoying Nyoongar language and traditional dream time stories. Free event. Bookings essential.
Art Exhibition “Danjoo-Interwoven”
When: Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Arts Centre
Time: 10am – 3pm daily
Danjoo – Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in WA. Artworks by 18 Aboriginal artists will be on display. Free event.
Native Herbs and Spices Workshop
When: Thursday 25 July 2019
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Join Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi to learn about native herbs and spices and their uses in food and medicine. Free event. Bookings essential.
Film Screening – “Jasper Jones”
When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Come celebrate the 2019 NAIDOC theme – ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with a special screening of a landmark award winning feature ﬁlm Jasper Jones. Free event. Refreshments provided.
Act-Belong-Commit Cooking Workshop
When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Autumn Centre, Rockingham
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Join Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as she shares a wealth of knowledge about native foods and Aboriginal land management, while cooking an easy and nutritional meal to enjoy. Free event. Bookings essential.
When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Learn the art of contemporary Aboriginal weaving using natural and hand dyed rafﬁa with award winning Aboriginal Artist Lea Taylor. Bookings essential. Cost $5.50 pp. Suitable for 18+.
For more information about these events or to book your place contact 9528 0333.