Castaways Sculpture Awards Approaching Fast

Castaways Sculpture Awards Approaching Fast

The 2019 Castaways Sculpture Awards continue to inch closer, with talented artists set to exhibit a range of recycled and repurposed materials during the City of Rockingham’s premier arts and culture event.

Mayor Barry Sammels said it was exciting to see participating artists, including 2017 Alcoa Major Award winner Brett Todman, work creatively with recycled components for the large scale outdoor exhibition.

“For more than a decade Castaways has given professional and emerging artists as well as schools the chance to demonstrate their creative skills,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is delighted to be hosting Castaways again in 2019 and is looking forward to seeing some outstanding pieces of work.

“Previous Alcoa Major Award winner Brett Todman is participating again in 2019, alongside co-artist Lisa Pensabene. The pair are working with aluminium to create their sculpture, which is sure to captivate visitors when the exhibition opens in October.

“As a 100% recyclable material aluminium is one of the key products set to feature in the Castaways Sculpture Awards thanks to the creative potential it offers artists, and the City is delighted to welcome Alcoa as a major sponsor again in 2019.”

Alcoa Kwinana Refinery Manager Mark Zaborowski said he is pleased to be partnering with the City of Rockingham for the 12th consecutive year to bring this exciting local exhibition to the community for all to enjoy in 2019.

“It’s great to see our final product – aluminium – being used in some of the sculptures this year,” Mr Zaborowski said.

“I’m particularly proud that Alcoa’s support is again giving local primary schools the opportunity to participate in the Up-Cycle Artist in Residence program for sculpture development.”

Castaways will run from Saturday 26 October to Sunday 3 November 2019 and will comprise three simultaneous exhibitions.

The main Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition will be held at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore alongside the Schools Exhibition, while the new Maquette and Small Sculpture Exhibition will be held at the nearby Rockingham Arts Centre.

The nine day event returns in 2019 after completion of stage one of the $15.7 million Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation, and will be part of a special two-day Foreshore Celebration taking place on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October.

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.

“In addition to Alcoa, the City also thanks sponsors 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.

For more information visit Castaways. 


Nominate Now for 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Nominate Now for 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Nominations are now open for the Australia Day Council WA, Community Citizen of the Year Awards 2020, with City of Rockingham residents encouraged to nominate a group or individual that has made the community a better place.

The annual awards recognise organisations and people who have made a notable contribution during the current year and/or those who have given outstanding service over a number of years.

Four categories are available for the awards including Citizen of the Year, Citizen of the Year – Youth (under 25 years of age), Citizen of the Year – Senior (over 65 years of age) and Active Citizenship – Group or Event.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the awards were an opportunity to honour the unsung heroes of the community.

“Across the City of Rockingham there are a number of organisations and residents that put in a tremendous amount of work to help the community, quite often with little or no recognition from the public,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Whether it is for local sporting groups, social clubs or charities, these residents and groups continually put the community first.

“These people are the backbone of so many fantastic things that happen in our City and I encourage the community to nominate a group or individual who they feel has made a positive contribution.”

The awards are presented on Australia Day at the City’s Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on 26 January.

Nominations for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards 2020 close on Thursday 31 October 2019.

For more information or to nominate visit the Australia Day Council of WA website.


Expressions of Interest Sought for Art Workshops

Expressions of Interest Sought for Art Workshops

The City of Rockingham is seeking expressions of interest from experienced art facilitators for workshops at the Rockingham Arts Centre between January and June 2020.

The Rockingham Arts Centre is a multi-functional arts facility that includes a studio, exhibition space and a multi-purpose room.

Expressions of interest are sought from experienced artists who are able to deliver workshops in artistic disciplines that are not currently provided by community arts organisations in the City.

Previous examples of workshops run by facilitators at the Rockingham Arts Centre include subjects such as life drawing, small scale sculpture, Chinese painting, raffia weaving, digital art and stencilling.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Rockingham Arts Centre played an important role in boosting arts and culture in the community.

“The City of Rockingham is committed to activating the Rockingham Arts Centre by offering a range of diverse workshops and exhibitions in a variety of arts practices and forms,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It is important to highlight to facilitators that the City is not currently seeking expressions of interest in the areas of writing, ceramics, watercolours, basic techniques, basic arts and crafts.

“If you are an experienced art facilitator who can offer workshops in disciplines that are not currently being offered then we encourage you to lodge an expression of interest.”

Expressions of interest are open until Friday 13 September 2019.

EOI forms are available at the Rockingham Arts Centre on Kent Street, Rockingham.

For more information or to discuss an intended workshop please contact 9527 0734 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.


Homelessness Week 2019

Homelessness Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly partner with a number of local organisations to support a range of community events as part of Homelessness Week 2019.

Running from Sunday 4 August – Saturday 10 August 2019, Homelessness Week is an annual national event coordinated by Homelessness Australia.

The event focuses on raising community awareness about people experiencing homelessness and the action needed to achieve lasting solutions. The theme in 2019 is ‘Housing Ends Homelessness.’

On Tuesday 6 August 2019 the City will support the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group’s free event at the Salvation Army Rockingham, located on Willmott Drive, Cooloongup.

Taking place from 10am – 12pm, this event will include a street doctor, dentist and support from providers including Anglicare WA, Department of Human Services, South Costal Health and Community Services, Babbinguar Mia, headspace Rockingham, Department of Housing, Outreach Workers and WA Homeless Advocates.

Following this event, the City will support Anglicare WA’s pop-up op shop on Wednesday 7 August at the St Nicholas Community Centre on Council Avenue.

The op shop will be open from 10am – 1pm and will give people the opportunity to purchase valuable goods and items at affordable prices.

The City will also provide free training for local not-for-profits, volunteers and service providers on de-escalation techniques on Thursday 8 August 2019. This special workshop will be held at Quest Apartments on Flinders Lane from 9am – 4.30pm. Only people working with clients in Rockingham are able to attend and there are limited places remaining.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said homelessness was a complex issue that required a multi-faceted approach from a wide range of community stakeholders.

“Homelessness is an issue that impacts people from all walks of life and requires careful, considered solutions from a range of groups,” Mayor Sammels said.

“As outlined in the City’s Community Support Services Strategy 2017 – 2022, our primary responsibility in tackling this issue comes in the form of advocacy, education and support for the not-for-profit sector.

“The City chairs the Rockingham/Kwinana Homelessness Interagency Group, which includes representatives from a variety of government and not-for-profit support groups. This network plays a key role in coordinating the delivery of important services to those in need.

“In addition, the City actively supports the network and has provided grant funding to local support groups that deliver programs, events and services for people who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.”

Find out more information about local service providers in the community here.

To book a spot at the City’s de-escalation techniques workshop on Thursday 8 August call 9528 0333.


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.


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