Nominations Encouraged for Local Government Elections

Nominations Encouraged for Local Government Elections

City of Rockingham residents looking to make a difference in their community are encouraged to nominate as a candidate in the up and coming local government elections.

Local government elections are held every two years on the third Saturday in October, with this year’s elections to be held on 19 October 2019.

Residents have the chance to vote in a postal ballot during the weeks leading up to the election, with votes officially counted on 19 October. The process is administered by the Western Australian Electoral Commission.

Six councillor positions will be contested during the elections, with each position having a four year term.

Following a recent ward boundary and councillor representation review the number of wards in the City will be reduced from four to three as of 19 October 2019. The three wards are Baldivis Ward, Comet Bay Ward and Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward.

There will be two vacancies in the Baldivis Ward up for election, one in the Comet Bay Ward and three in the Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged community members considering running to step forward.

“Local government elections are a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to put their hand up and run for Council,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The role of a councillor is a challenging yet rewarding one and gives residents the chance to represent their constituents and shape the future of their City.

“It is important that Council represents the diverse and wide ranging views of the community and I encourage anyone that wants to make change in our City to nominate for this year’s local government elections.”

Nominations for candidates open on Thursday 5 September 2019 and close at 4pm on Thursday 12 September 2019.

To lodge your nomination contact the Returning Officer for an appointment.
Returning Officer Vesna Harrision can be contacted on 0467 802 660 or via email. 

For more information on local government elections visit Voting and Elections.

 

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.

 

Council Adopts 2019/2020 Budget

Council Adopts 2019/2020 Budget

The City of Rockingham Council adopted the 2019/2020 Annual Budget at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 25 June 2019, with the new budget set to help the City meet the needs of one of the fastest growing local governments in Western Australia.

The budget incorporates a 3.6% increase for all residential properties in the City, which equates to an average increase of approximately $50 per annum.

In WALGA’s 2018/2019 statistics the City was 21st out of 31 local governments for average residential rates, ranked highest to lowest, and its average rates were below the metropolitan average.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the 2019/2020 Annual Budget would assist the City in delivering infrastructure, services and programs for the community.

“The City of Rockingham is one of the fastest growing areas in WA, with the City’s population growing at double the state average,” Mayor Sammels said.

“This increase in population has led to a huge demand for vital community infrastructure and services. In the past five years alone, the value of the City’s assets increased from $632 million to $2.1 billion and the City is required to maintain these assets for the community’s benefit.

“As the City continues to grow it is also required to take on additional infrastructure from developers.”

A number of important capital expenditure projects for 2019/2020 will be carried out in the budget.

They include:

  • construction of stage one of the Baldivis District Sporting Complex
  • Point Peron boat launching facility upgrades
  • refurbishment of the 25m and 50m pools at the Aqua Jetty in Warnbro
  • construction of the Rockingham Youth Centre
  • stage three of the Port Kennedy Drive duplication project
  • refurbishment of the Safety Bay Library.
  • renewal at the Cooloongup Skate Park.

“The City understands the current economic climate may be difficult for some residents, which is why we are committed to providing a number of options to help people pay rates,” Mayor Sammels said.

“These options include Rates Smoothing, instalment payments, and direct debits either weekly, fortnightly or monthly.”

For more information on rates in the City of Rockingham visit Rates FAQs.

See budget and finance for a copy of the 2019/2020 Annual Budget.

 

May 2019 Summary

May 2019 Summary

May was a huge month, I’ve now officially attended more than 500 meetings and events since joining Council in October 2017.

With attendance at a number of City events, chairing Advisory Committees, School Board meetings, community & business events and meetings with local residents every day brings new challenges. There’s never a dull moment. Well reading 100’s of pages of reports can be a little tedious, but when you’re interested in the subject, it helps a lot.

Highlights from May 2019

 

Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Key Leaders In Business Breakfast

A Key Leaders in Breakfast event was held on 2 May 2019 at Hotel Clipper. Greg Hire, Vice-Captain of the Perth Wildcats and Founder of the Not for Profit group ‘A Stitch in Time’ was proposed to be the guest speaker however in great news, he was selected to play basketball in the US representing Australia and was unable to attend. Gary Gray AO, External Affairs General Manager at Mineral Resources stepped in to provide an informative presentation. 

RKCC Business Breakfast May 2019

Cr Andy Burns and Tracy Lindsey of Off The Beaten Track WA

 

Tourism Rockingham “Tourism at Twilight” Event

The Hotel Clipper and Tourism Rockingham held a joint event to promote Rockingham and help raise funds for the Rockingham Visitors Centre.

12 artists from across WA participated in the event drawing inspiration for their art from various West Australian Tourism Regions. Two of the three judges flew in from interstate and were joined by the CEO of Destination Perth. The inaugural event was a big success with all available tickets sold, and it caused quite a stir in the WA Tourism industry.  I suspect next years event will be even bigger.

Tourism Rockingham / Hotel Clipper Body Art Exhibition

Tourism Rockingham / Hotel Clipper Body Art Exhibition – Wonders of WA

 

Australian Citizenship Ceremony #1 & #2

With so many people wanting to call Rockingham home, the City held two Citizenship Ceremonies during the month of May. Some of the people I spoke to were keen to become Australian Citizens as soon as they could, whereas others were a little more relaxed. One gentleman I spoke to had lived in Coolongup for nearly 50 years before deciding it was time to ‘make it official’.

Rockingham City Pipe Band at the Rockingham Citizenship Ceremony May 2019

Rockingham City Pipe Band at the Rockingham Citizenship Ceremony May 2019

 

Cooloongup Primary School P&C Meeting

It was a little surreal being back at Cooloongup Primary School again earlier this month for the P&C Meeting. Especially since the meetings are held in what was once my year 7 class.

The Cooloongup Primary School P&C are full of enthusiasm with new committee members taking on the roles of President, Secretary and Treasurer, but they’re always on the lookout for more members. You don’t have to have children at the school, if you’ve got a little time on your hands and you’d like to help out they can be contacted via reception.

Cooloongup Primary School

Cooloongup Primary School

 

Junior Council #1 & #2

I spent time with both the Junior Council sessions this month and was really impressed by how well they spoke as they debated the issues that were important to them. I don’t think it’s right to take pictures at the Junior Council events because they’re not my kids, so no pictures to share, but I’m expecting big things from these two groups.

The Junior Council program has been running in the City since it began in 1989 with 12 students and has grown with the community to involve more than 60 Year Six students from local primary schools and alternative education settings.

 

May Ordinary Council Meeting

Every Council meeting is important, but this one was particularly special to me as not only did we endorse the Tourism Destination Strategy that I’ve been passionate about since the start, but we adopted the Single Use Plastics Policy that is in my opinion a great first step in making Rockingham a much more environmentally safe place. To me these two decisions go hand in hand.

The bulk of our tourism offering is based around our beautiful natural coastline, the Rockingham Foreshore, Cape Peron, and the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. By banning the release of helium balloons and the use of single use plastics we are helping to protect out natural assets. Having been a big supporter of the plastics ban, and having hosted the first free screening of Rubber Jellyfish here in WA, I’m over the moon to see the policy is now in place.

Cr Joy Stewart, Lisa Hills of Boycott Balloons and Cr Andy Burns

Cr Joy Stewart, Lisa Hills of Boycott Balloons and Cr Andy Burns at the screening of Rubber Jellyfish

 

 

A complete list of my May meetings.

A full list of all 501 meetings since October 2017 is available here.

 

  1. Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Key Leaders In Business Breakfast
  2. Official opening of “Noongar Country: Wetland Glimpses”
  3. Cooloongup Community Safety Talk by Rockingham Police
  4. Global Friendship Committee Meeting
  5. Meeting with Hillman Resident
  6. Tourism Rockingham “Tourism at Twilight” Event
  7. 2019 City of Rockingham Art Awards
  8. Australian Citizenship Ceremony #1
  9. Rockingham PCYC Committee Meeting
  10. Australian Citizenship Ceremony #2
  11. Meeting with Secret Harbour Resident
  12. Cooloongup Primary School P&C Meeting
  13. Rockingham Arts Centre, Twilight Arts
  14. CitySafe Advisory Committee Meeting
  15. Councillor Engagement Session
  16. Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours
  17. Westport Information Session
  18. Meeting with Warnbro Resident
  19. National Walk Safely To School Day, Warnbro Primary School
  20. Meeting with Cooloongup Resident
  21. Planning and Engineering Services Committee Meeting
  22. Corporate & Community Development Committee Meeting
  23. Junior Council #1
  24. Mature Adults Learning Association Volunteer Morning Tea
  25. Meeting with Rockingham Foreshore Business Owners
  26. Junior Council #2
  27. Warnbro Primary School Board Meeting
  28. Volunteer Recognition Celebration
  29. Tourism Rockingham Board Meeting
  30. Meeting with Rockingham Resident
  31. Hillman Primary School P&C AGM
  32. Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition Launch
  33. ECU Student Radio Interview
  34. Meeting with Rockingham Museum
  35. Ordinary Council Meeting

 

As always, if you’d like to reach me to discuss anything of importance to you, I’d be more than happy to hear from you. Facebook, Twitter, Email, or just pick up the phone and give me a ring 0467 511 867.

Memorial Plaques Targeted by Heartless Thieves

Memorial Plaques Targeted by Heartless Thieves

Residents across the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police after a number of plaques were stolen from memorial benches.

Residents across the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to report any suspicious activity to police after a number of plaques were stolen from memorial benches.

Thieves recently targeted a number of memorial seats between Safety Bay Road and Shelton Street in Waikiki, with a City audit revealing all 10 plaques in the area were stolen from the benches.

Further audits in other areas across the City are also being carried out to determine how widespread the issue has become.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels condemned the thefts and encouraged residents to report any suspicious behaviour to Police.

“Local families install these plaques to honour the memory of loved ones who have passed away and it’s disgraceful that thieves would steal them simply to make a profit,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While the theft of plaques is not uncommon, the escalation in the frequency and number of thefts from memorial benches across the City has recently reached new levels and is of concern.

“I encourage all residents and metal recycling yards to be vigilant and report any stolen plaques to the relevant authorities.”

To combat this rise in thefts, the City is investigating other methods of plaque installation that make them harder to steal.

Anybody who witnesses any suspicious activity surrounding memorial benches is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Alternatively, callers can contact the Police incident line on 131 444 and provide their details.

 

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