City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

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.


Weaving Workshop

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.


Men’s Health Week a Major Success in Rockingham

Men’s Health Week a Major Success in Rockingham

Men’s Health Week 2019 has proven to be a huge hit with residents across the City of Rockingham, with a number of community events drawing a fantastic turnout.

Men’s Health Week, which runs each year throughout June, is a national initiative that provides opportunities to address important issues regarding men’s health.

Backed each year by a specific theme, the campaign focuses on raising the profile of men and their health needs. In 2019 the theme was Men and Families. Keeping Boys and Men Healthy.

This year the City proudly hosted seven different activities for men of all ages.
On Monday 10 June the City’s Men’s Health Week program began with a workshop which gave more than 20 local sporting clubs, community group representatives and volunteer involving organisations some helpful tips on how they can support fellow club members who may be experiencing mental health issues.

This workshop was followed by a Bloke’s Bootcamp at the Aqua Jetty on Tuesday 11 June. Men from the ages of 20 – 82 worked up a sweat to boost their health before capping off their efforts with a healthy meal.

A group of men then had the opportunity on Wednesday 12 June to transform their thinking about food during a nutrition workshop where they prepared healthy nachos, pizzas and burgers.

On Thursday 13 June more than 30 men from the ages of eight to 80 tried their hand in creating an artistic masterpiece during the Bloke’s Art Class event at the Drop Inn.

Following this a number of dads got the chance to enjoy an exciting robotics workshop with their children at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre on Friday 14 June.

The City’s Men’s Health Week events finished with a 3D printing workshop at the Safety Bay Library on Saturday 15 June and a meeting of local fathers at the Coffee Club in Baldivis on Sunday 16 June to kick start a new support group for local dads.

Mayor Barry Sammels thanked all participants for making Men’s Health Week 2019 the biggest and best yet.

“The City was delighted to be able to host a wide range of activities that addressed all facets of men’s health, with men of all ages and backgrounds participating,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It is well known that many men often experience difficulty in addressing issues surrounding their physical and mental health, so it was fantastic to see such a great turnout from men across the community at the City’s Men’s Health Week events.

“I sincerely hope these activities have inspired men across Rockingham to proactively ensure they are doing the absolute best they can to look after their health.”


Get Involved in Plastic Free July

Get Involved in Plastic Free July

The City of Rockingham is excited to be participating in Plastic Free July, with residents encouraged to take part in a wide range of events the City is hosting to tackle issues surrounding single use plastics.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that focuses on getting people to reduce their consumption of single use plastic waste in all facets of life. Whether it’s at home, work, school or even a local café or shop, participants are encouraged to use compostable or reusable alternatives.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Plastic Free July offered residents the opportunity to make important lifestyle changes that would benefit the environment.

“As a City that is home to an abundance of amazing natural assets including 37 km of breathtaking coastline and stunning wildlife, it’s vital we take every step we can to preserve the environment that we are fortunate to call home,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City recently adopted a strong policy on single use plastics and balloons, so taking part in Plastic Free July is another positive step in the right direction.

“There will be a range of exciting events and workshops taking place across the City throughout July and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn about the great alternatives that can become new habits forever.”

What’s On

Activities to be held throughout the City during Plastic Free July include:

Low Waste Kitchen and Pantry

When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Where: Carnaby Room, Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
The award-winning Wasteless Pantry team will host an interactive workshop on reducing household waste. This free event is suitable for ages 18 and over.


‘How I live a Plastic Free Life’ with Lyndsay Miles

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Zero-waste blogger of Treading My Own Path and author, Lindsay Miles, will share how she lives a plastic free life.


STRAWS – Documentary Screening

When: Thursday 11 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 6pm – 7pm
STRAWS is a short documentary that outlines the impact of straw litter. Viewers will learn about the impact posed by plastic pollution and how they can make changes one step at a time. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sustainable Saturday

When: Saturday 20 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Central Library
Time: 10am – 1pm
This event will include a special gathering of local community groups and organisations to answer queries about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Craft activities, live demonstrations and special guest speakers will be available. No bookings required.


DIY Plastic Free Beauty Product Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 July 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to make simple beauty products at home. Participants will take home a range of goods from the workshop. This event is suitable for participants aged 16 years and above. The cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please note all activities require bookings unless otherwise specified. For more information about the events the City is hosting or to book your place call 9528 0333.

For other great Plastic Free July events that are being run by community groups in the City visit the What’s On Calendar.


Experience Rockingham Central Library After Dark

Experience Rockingham Central Library After Dark

City of Rockingham residents will have the chance to experience the Rockingham Central Library after dark when the City hosts the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event on Thursday 16 May 2019.

Running from 6pm–8pm, the exhibition will be presented by the WA Inspired Art Quilters and will include a collection of 16 quilts made by the group. Community members will have the chance to learn about the quilts and their relation to wetland resources and Noongar culture at the time of early European settlement. Bookings are essential for the event.

The Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event is part of a month-long exhibition highlighting the quilts, which will run until Friday 24 May 2019. Exhibition promotional image of one of the quilts. in the exhbition

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the after dark exhibition would give residents an opportunity to learn about Aboriginal culture in an exciting environment.

“The WA Inspired Art Quilters have created a stunning range of quilts that highlight the importance of the wetlands to Aboriginal people,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The quilts depict various aspects of the wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain and acknowledge that the network of wetlands was abundant on Whadjuk Country before colonisation.

“I urge all residents who are interested in learning more about local Aboriginal culture to take part in the Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses: Library Up Late event.”

For more information or to book contact the Rockingham Central Library on 9528 8683

Couch Surf 2019 Raises Awareness of Youth Homelessness

Couch Surf 2019 Raises Awareness of Youth Homelessness

The annual Rockingham Couch Surf for Youth Homelessness Matters Day will return for the third time on Wednesday 17 April 2019, with representatives from a number of youth agencies set to take part.

The event, which will be held at Rockingham PCYC from 1pm–4pm, will feature people racing couches in a bid to raise awareness of couch surfing and homelessness amongst young people in the Rockingham community. Couch surfing is one of the most common ways young people experience homelessness, with those affected moving frequently between places without having a fixed address.

In addition to couch racing the event will include free food and drink, hangout spaces and games. Charitable donations of toiletries and sanitary products will also be collected for Rockingham Share the Dignity, with the products to be provided to young women in the community who are either experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said youth homelessness was a serious issue that often had negative long term impacts.

“Youth Homelessness Matters Day is a national campaign aimed at breaking down stereotypes associated with youth homelessness and ensuring that young people have greater access to support services,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Sadly, there are thousands of children and young people across Australia who are homeless. For some this involves sleeping rough on the streets while for others it is a less obvious but still very serious problem where they have no place to call home so they couch surf instead.

“These people have no home and that means no security, no stability, privacy or safety. All of these issues can lead to a number of mental, physical and emotional issues for young people, which is why the City is determined to help by supporting the annual Rockingham Couch Surf for Youth Homelessness Matters Day.”

There are a number of contributing factors to homelessness and they include domestic and family violence, relationship/family breakdowns, poverty, social inequality and unemployment.

“The event is made possible through the City’s partnership with local young people and local youth services including HeadSpace Rockingham, Anglicare, Rockingham Salvation Army and Rockingham PCYC,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City also gratefully acknowledges the funding contribution from Vicinity Rockingham Centre and Rockingham PCYC for the event.”

The annual Rockingham Couch Surf for Youth Homelessness Matters Day will be held at Rockingham PCYC on Emma Street.

Get help

Should you or a young person you know be experiencing or at risk of homelessness please contact the following crisis and emergency accommodation services:

  • EntryPoint Perth 6496 0001 or 1800 124 684 Monday to Friday 9am to 7pm; Saturday 9am to 5pm.
  • Crisis Care Helpline 9223 1111 (24 hours/7 days) or 1800 199 008 (free call)
  • Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 (free call)

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