City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

City Celebrates Contribution of Volunteers

Volunteers from local emergency and advisory groups were formally recognised on Wednesday 17 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham paid tribute to their efforts during a special celebration at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

More than 100 volunteers and guests joined in to celebrate the important contribution of the City’s advisory and emergency groups, with the event highlighted by the presentation of an award to Barry Stagg from the Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service.

Mr Stagg, who joined the service in December 1987 and has served in a number of different roles since, was recognised for his outstanding service to the community over the past 32 years.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin congratulated Mr Stagg on his achievement and praised all of the City’s volunteers for their efforts.

“The City’s annual Volunteer Celebration represents an important opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate their precious time and effort into making our community such a wonderful place,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“Finding people who are ready and willing to put their hand up to serve the community in a voluntary capacity is a difficult task, and it is one that seems to be getting harder with each passing year.

“In the City of Rockingham we are fortunate to have a large number of people who are prepared to get involved and go the extra mile, and the City thanks each and every one of them for the positive contribution they make to the community.”

A total of 10 emergency services groups and 13 advisory committees were acknowledged during the celebration including:

Advisory Committees and Working Groups

  • Seniors Advisory Committee
  • Bush Fire Advisory Committee
  • City Safe Advisory Committee
  • Aboriginal Advisory Group
  • Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee
  • Global Friendships Committee
  • Heritage Reference Group
  • Local Emergency Management Committee
  • Coastal Advisory Committee
  • Roadwise Advisory Committee
  • Rockingham Education and Training Advisory Committee
  • Sports Advisory Committee
  • Cultural Advisory Committee

Emergency Services Groups

  • Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  • Rockingham Kwinana SES
  • Rockingham Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service
  • Rockingham Volunteer Sea Rescue
  • Salvation Army (Rockingham Branch)
  • Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
  • Secret Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue
  • Singleton Volunteer Bushfire Brigade
  • Baldivis Volunteer Fire and Emergency Service
  • St John Ambulance WA


Deadline for PhotoVoice Entries Approaching

Deadline for PhotoVoice Entries Approaching

Amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham have less than a month left to enter the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Rockingham Competition.

Participants have until 4pm on Friday 16 August to submit an entry to be shortlisted for the 2019 PhotoVoice Exhibition, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre from Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 9 October.

PhotoVoice encourages people to take a photo and add a caption or ‘voice’ to their image which shows how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.

Selected images in the three week competition will go in the running to win cash prizes in their respective categories. All photos in the competition will be judged on their composition and communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message.

Category winners will be announced at an awards evening on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite piece in the public choice category, which will also be announced during the awards night.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents of all ages to make a submission before the deadline.

“For more than 10 years PhotoVoice has given amateur photographers a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities to the community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“This year there are variety of categories available for participants to enter and showcase how they keep mentally healthy, with cash prizes available.

“Each year hundreds of people enter and I encourage all residents with a keen eye for photography to consider entering this year’s awards.”

Entries in the competition must be made online. For more information on how to enter visit PhotoVoice.




Nominations Closing Soon for City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards

Nominations Closing Soon for City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards

Local athletes, clubs, teams and volunteers are being encouraged to nominate contenders for the 2019 City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards before nominations close on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

The Sports Star Awards, which have been running since 1996, are an annual celebration that highlight the outstanding achievements of the City of Rockingham’s sporting community.

Awards across seven categories will be presented during a special ceremony at the Gary Holland Community Centre on Thursday 19 September 2019. The categories include:

  • Club of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Senior Sports Star of the Year
  • Junior Sports Star of the Year
  • Sports Star of the Year with Disability
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels urged all residents involved in the Rockingham sporting community to nominate a worthy recipient before the deadline.

“The City of Rockingham is home to a number of outstanding athletes, clubs and volunteers and we look forward to formally recognising them for their efforts at the 2019 Sports Star Awards,” Mayor Sammels said.

“There is a wide range of mental and physical health benefits associated with sport and recreation, so its importance to our community cannot be overestimated.

“As the deadline for nominations approaches, I encourage all residents associated with sport in Rockingham to consider nominating a fellow club member, coach, athlete or volunteer in this year’s Sports Star Awards.”

The City also thanks its sponsors for the 2019 Sports Star Awards:

  • The Sound Telegraph – long-term sponsor which has supported the event since its inception in 1996.
  • Baldivis Health and Fitness– long-time sponsor of the awards.
  • Rockingham F45 Training – long-time sponsor of the awards.
  • Rockingham Centre – three-time sponsor of the awards.

Nominations for the awards close at 4.30pm on Wednesday 31 July 2019. For more information or to obtain a nomination form visit Sport Star Awards.


Danjoo-Interwoven Exhibition Comes to Rockingham

Danjoo-Interwoven Exhibition Comes to Rockingham

City of Rockingham residents will be able to immerse themselves in a variety of spectacular Aboriginal artworks when the City hosts the Danjoo-Interwoven exhibition at the Rockingham Arts Centre from Wednesday 10 July to Sunday 28 July 2019

Held in partnership with the Mundaring Arts Centre, Danjoo Interwoven showcases the work of emerging, mid-career and established Aboriginal artists working in multi-disciplinary art forms.

Danjoo celebrates Nyoongar culture, connection to country and visual arts practices in the south west corner of Western Australia. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see this connection clearly, as a number of the artists involved are either from or now living in the local area.

Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to visit Danjoo-Interwoven throughout July to learn more about Nyoongar culture.

“The exhibition coincides with the end of NAIDOC Week 2019 and mirrors the intentions of NAIDOC Week by celebrating the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal people,” Mayor Sammels said.

“There will be some truly fantastic artistic skills on display and the exhibition presents a wonderful opportunity for the Rockingham community to connect and engage with a number of thought-provoking pieces.”

The Danjoo-Interwoven exhibition was originally launched at the Midland Junction Arts Centre in April 2019 and will be curated by Wadandi/Minang/Koreng Bibbulmun artist Lea Taylor and former Mundaring Arts Centre curator Greg Sikich.

Danjoo-Interwoven will be open daily from 10am–3pm at the Rockingham Arts Centre.

Find out about other NAIDOC Week events happening in the City.


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.


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