Castaways Artists Ready to Put on a Show

Castaways Artists Ready to Put on a Show

The Rockingham Beach Foreshore is set to be transformed during the much-anticipated return of the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, running from Saturday 26 October until Sunday 3 November 2019.

The 11th Castaways returns bigger and better than ever following the completion of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project, with the non-acquisitive Alcoa Major Award doubled to $10,000 and a new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition also set to be held simultaneously at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

A two-day Foreshore Celebration celebrating the newly revitalised foreshore precinct will also take place during the opening weekend of the exhibition. A variety of free events for people of all ages and abilities will be available, adding to the festive experience of Castaways.

The exhibition encourages the concept of recycling, with one of the world’s most recyclable materials, aluminium, a key item for many participating artists. Works in the exhibition will range from representative to abstract.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Castaways highlighted the City’s strong commitment to both sustainability, and cultural development and the arts.

“Castaways is the premier art and culture event in the City and we are delighted to be hosting it again in 2019,” Mayor Sammels said.

The exhibition gives emerging and professional artists a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities while at the same time promoting the importance of sustainability.”

Studio Payoka’s (William Leggett and Michele Ulrich) The Earth is Thought, is a mediation on the natural and manmade world. The work, all five metres of it, consists of a series of bent recycled aluminium pipes and concrete pillars containing aluminium ‘islands’ filled with native plants.

Lawrence Smoker’s Sea Eagle, which is close to life size, has feathers made from the blades of blinds and a body covered in fabric from an old teddy bear. Richard Aitken meanwhile, has joined together old washing machines and dryers to form a large dice while Sioux Tempestt has used blocks of compressed recycled aluminium for her work, Compression.

Curator Lyn DiCiero said works featured in the exhibition were often poetic and thought provoking.

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“Castaways 2019 promises to be an exceptional return for the show, and visitors to the newly revamped Foreshore will not be disappointed,” Ms DiCiero said.

Medina artist Lesley Barrett, a regular exhibitor at Castaways, said artists were thankful to the City of Rockingham and major sponsor Alcoa for their continued commitment to encouraging recycling and the event.

“The idea of using recycled materials in artworks has evolved dramatically in the past eleven years since Castaways started,” Ms Barrett said.

“It used to be called ‘scrap,’ but now prominent artists are using it as part of their practice as a matter of course.”

Castaways also aims to encourage environmentalism in future generations. Eleven primary schools and nine secondary schools feature works in the Schools Competition this year. Ten of these are the result of a special Up-Cycle Art Project, with students visiting a local landfill facility and working with artists to create a new sculpture.

A range of prizes are available for Castaways including:

  • $10,000 Alcoa Major Award
  • $5,000 Engie Innovation Award
  • $5,000 Water Corporation Sustainability Award
  • $2,500 Warnbro Centre Maquette and Small Sculpture Award
  • $2,000 City of Rockingham Local Resident Award
  • $1,000 People’s Choice Award sponsored by Fremantle Ports
  • $500 Voter’s Prize sponsored by Fremantle Ports.

“The City also thanks sponsors Alcoa, Engie, Water Corporation, Warnbro Centre, Fremantle Ports, Artcom and the Lion’s Club of Rockingham for their support of the 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards,” Mayor Sammels said.

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Sports Star Awards Winners Announced

Sports Star Awards Winners Announced

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.


11th Annual PhotoVoice Exhibition Opening Soon

11th Annual PhotoVoice Exhibition Opening Soon

The skills of amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham will soon be on display at the 11th annual Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition, which is running from 18 September to 9 October 2019.

More than 540 entries were received for this year’s competition, with 100 set to go on display during the exhibition at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

A four person panel will judge the photos on their composition and their communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message. In this instance, photographers are required to demonstrate how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.

Selected entries will then have the chance to win cash prizes in their respective categories at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite photograph in the Public Choice Award category.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to visit the exhibition in support of local arts and culture.

“In the City of Rockingham we have a large number of talented amateur photographers and some of their best work will be on display during the Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Each entrant’s work is unique and depicts some of the interesting ways people look after their mental health.

“Entry to the exhibition is free so I encourage all residents to head down and check out the wide range of fantastic photographs that will be on display.”

The Act-Belong-Commit campaign encourages community participation to increase peoples’ sense of belonging, physical activity and enhance their purpose in life.

The exhibition will be open from 9am – 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am – 4pm on weekends.

For more information contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or visit PhotoVoice.



2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 23rd annual City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September 2019.

Nominations were received across seven categories for the Sports Star Awards, with volunteers, athletes and clubs from a wide range of sporting codes represented in the final shortlist.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Sports Star Awards provided an important opportunity for the community to recognise residents who were excelling in their chosen sports.

“The City’s Sports Star Awards have marked an annual celebration of outstanding achievement within the local sporting community since 1996,” Mayor Sammels said.

“For more than 20 years the awards have recognised local, state, national and international calibre champions from across the City.

“The competition for this year’s awards was intense, and those who have been selected as finalists should be immensely proud of themselves and their clubs.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

The City also gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.

Finalists for the 2019 Sports Star Awards include:

Team of the Year

Rockingham City FC – 1st Team
Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club – 1st Grade Team
Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club – U10 Team
Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club – ICL Team


Club of the Year

Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association
Rockingham BMX Club
Rockingham Swimming Club
Safety Bay Tennis Club


Junior Sports Star of the Year

Ashlyn Mohr
Luke Travers
Mia Dolan


Senior Sports Star of the Year

Greg Hire
Holly Barratt
Kiara Bowers


Sports Person of the Year with a Disability

Ben Sainsbury
Tracy Odiam


Volunteer of the Year

Clayton Phillips
Kate Cullinane
Warren Boucaut


John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award

Kevin Corbitt
Linda Heffer
Terri Fraser


Dementia in Focus for Special Presentation

Dementia in Focus for Special Presentation

The City of Rockingham invites the community to a special presentation of Living Life Fully With Dementia featuring American dementia expert Michael Verde. This free event will be hosted on Friday 9 August 2019 from 9.30am – 11.30am at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that are caused by irreversible and ongoing deterioration of the brain.

Symptoms can include memory loss, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn and depressed and experiencing difficulty performing everyday tasks. It can affect anybody but is more common after the age of 65. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.

Outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connections.

The event featuring Michael Verde will give the community the opportunity to learn how to help people overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be fully present and connected to someone living with dementia.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the presentation was important given the growing number of people in the community living with dementia.

“Rockingham’s population has grown significantly in recent years and with that so has the number of people living with dementia,” Mayor Sammels said.

“By 2050 it is estimated there will be roughly 6,000 people living with dementia in Rockingham, which is more than six times the number in 2010.

“As the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 it’s vital we learn how to best assist those living with dementia, so I encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices on this topic.”

Places for the event are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to secure a spot call the City on 9528 0333.


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