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.


Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre Turns Five

The Mary Davies Library and Community Centre played host to a special celebration on Friday 5 July 2019, as the City of Rockingham formally marked the fifth anniversary since the much loved community facility opened its doors.

Located on Settlers Avenue in the heart of Baldivis, the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre officially opened in mid-2014.

The facility is a contemporary, cutting-edge library service that also offers community spaces for hire. It is named after the late Mary Davies (1926 – 2014), who was a passionate and committed member of the Rockingham community.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre had quickly evolved to become an integral part of the community.

“In only five years the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has welcomed 864,000 visits, which is about 172,800 per year,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During this time the library has grown to have about 15,000 registered borrowers, with 657,911 book loans taking place.

“Figures like this indicate just how popular the facility has become in such a short space of time. As the community of Baldivis and the City in general continues to grow, we can expect to see more residents enjoying all that the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre has to offer.”

Students from Baldivis Secondary College at Mary Davies Library

For more information about the programs and events on offer at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre email or contact 9591 0800.


Entries Open for Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition

Entries Open for Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition

Primary and secondary school students across Western Australia now have the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills at the City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards, after entries for the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition opened.

The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition encourages schools to enter large scale outdoor sculptural works created from recycled and re-purposed materials.

These works will then be displayed alongside other selected entries in the Castaways Sculpture Awards Exhibition at the newly revitalised Rockingham Beach Foreshore throughout October and November 2019.

The Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition is proudly supported by Alcoa of Australia and the Lions Club of Rockingham, which sponsor the primary and secondary school awards respectively.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged schools across WA to enter the competition.

“The Castaways Sculpture Awards is the premier event for art and culture in the City of Rockingham and the Castaways School’s Exhibition Competition is an important element of this magnificent event,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The Castaways Schools Exhibition gives students the chance to show off their creative skills while also learning about the importance of recycling.

“Historically, the entries the City has received from students of all ages has been very impressive and we look forward to seeing the bar being raised even further in 2019.”

Castaways is a nine-day outdoor exhibition that will be curated by Lyn Di Ciero. It will feature a two-day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019 which will see the foreshore come alive with free entertainment and activities for people of all ages and abilities.

Entries for the Castaways Schools Exhibition Competition close on Friday 2 August 2019. Judging will take place on Friday 25 October, with winners announced on Saturday 26 October 2019 during the official Castaways Opening Night and Awards Ceremony.

For more information or to make a submission visit the Castaways page on the City of Rockingham Website.


Let’s Talk Fine Art with Gillian Peebles

Let’s Talk Fine Art with Gillian Peebles

An exciting opportunity awaits for local artists seeking to improve their work, with the City of Rockingham set to host two special critiquing sessions at the Rockingham Arts Centre with an industry expert.

Highly qualified judge of visual arts, Gillian Peebles, will host both of the Let’s Talk Fine Art events.

The first event is a public session which will be held on Sunday 16 June 2019 from 1.30pm – 4pm. The second event is a private session on Sunday 23 June 2019, running from 1.30pm – 4pm.

Ms Peebles, who is accredited with the Royal Academy of Arts in London, will be able to give artists positive feedback and will explain a judge’s point of view on each artwork.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. “Gillian Peebles is an expert in the field of visual arts and will be able to offer local artists direct feedback on some of their work,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Not only are the two critique sessions a chance to gain feedback from an industry leader, they also present a great opportunity to view and appreciate positive aspects of other people’s artwork.

“For the public session, people are welcome to attend simply just to hear the critiques. So whether you are an artist in need of an expert opinion, or simply just a lover of art, I encourage you to register for the City’s Let’s Talk Fine Art sessions with Gillian Peebles.”

A maximum of two artworks per person can be critiqued. A registration fee of $5.00 per person, per session, applies.

Bookings are essential and can be made by contacting the Rockingham Arts Centre on 9527 0734 between 10am and 3pm, Monday to Friday

Men’s Health Week 2019

Men’s Health Week 2019

Men across the City of Rockingham will be encouraged to take stock of their health during a series of activities and workshops the City is hosting throughout Men’s Health Week 2019.

Men’s Health Week will run from 10 – 16 June and is an annual national initiative that provides a platform for debating and challenging important issues in men’s health.

It focuses on the profile of men, their health outcomes and health needs. The theme this year is Men and Families: Keeping Boys and Men Healthy.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said a total of seven different activities would be held throughout the City during Men’s Health Week, with men and boys of all ages encouraged to participate.

“With research revealing that men are more likely to have accidents, take their own lives and suffer from lifestyle-related health conditions than females of the same age, it’s vitally important that we draw attention to improving the health of men across the community,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Only 30 per cent of a man’s overall health is determined by genetics, with 70 per cent controllable through lifestyle. By making small, positive lifestyle changes, it’s possible to make a lasting impact.

“The best people to improve men’s health are those who live, work and play alongside men and boys in our community, so I encourage all residents to get involved in the wide range of fun activities the City is hosting to help boost men’s health and wellbeing.”

Activities the City will hold throughout Men’s Health Week include:

‘Looking After Your Club Members’
When:  Monday 10 June 2019
Where:  City of Rockingham Reception Room
Time: 9.30am – 1pm
As a sporting club, community group or a volunteer involving organisation you can often find that members open up to you and share their problems and sometimes distressing situations. If you would like to be clearer about what to say in these situations, then free “accidental counsellor” training is on offer to you.

Bloke’s Boot Camp
When:   Tuesday 11 June 2019
Where:  Aqua Jetty
Time:  5.30pm – 7.30pm
Free boot camp session run by the team of personal trainers at Aqua Jetty followed by a free feed. Open to all ages 14+ and all fitness levels. Great membership offers and prizes will be available on the night.

Nutrition Workshop
When:   Wednesday 12 June 2019
Where:  Autumn Centre
Time:  5.30pm – 7.30pm
Learn how to make healthier versions of your favourite ‘junk food’. Open to males ages 15+

Blokes’ Art Class
Where:  Drop Inn (7 Hokin St, Warnbro)
When:  Thursday 13 June 2019
Time:  6.30pm -9pm
Rockingham men are invited to attend this workshop which includes professional artists guiding participants step by step to paint their own masterpiece.  At the end of the session attendees will leave with a completed piece of artwork.

Daditude (Libraries)
Where:  Mary Davies Library and Community Centre (17 Settlers Avenue, Baldivis)
When:  Friday 14 June 2019
Time: 6pm-8pm
Dads are invited to this fun, tech-filled evening and a chance to unwind with their kids to celebrate Men’s Health Week.  Try out the library’s virtual reality goggles, battle each other on the Xbox and have a go racing robots. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is suitable for children aged five and over.

3D printing workshops (Libraries)
Where:  Safety Bay Library
When:  Saturday 15 June 2019
Time:  10.30am – 11.30am
Rockingham men will be invited to see 3D printing technology in action. The Facilitator, Ryan Jolliffee, will introduce 3D applications for home DIY projects.  Attendees will learn about the practical uses of 3D printed objects and be inspired to create their own.

Dads Group Inc.
When:  Sunday 16 June 2019
Where: The Coffee Club
Time:  11am
Baldivis Dad’s Group Inc. ( has been created in Baldivis in partnership with the City, Stockland Baldivis and Dads Group Inc. to provide fathers and children with a place to come and play and meet with other dads. To enjoy a chat with other local dads, visit Stockland Baldivis every Sunday from 10.30am at Coffee Club and then 11am at the play area till 1pm.

For more information about the events the City is hosting during Men’s Health Week contact the City on 9528 0333.

Alternatively, for more information visit the Men’s Health Week website.


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