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.


Neighbours Encouraged to Unite

Neighbours Encouraged to Unite

Ahead of Neighbour Day on Sunday 31 March 2019, residents in the City of Rockingham are being encouraged to register and become a member of the City’s Neighbours Unite initiative.

Neighbour Day is an annual celebration held on the last Sunday of March each year and focusses on helping residents build lasting connections with neighbours on their street.

The City’s Neighbours Unite initiative is a local program that helps build on the values instilled by Neighbour Day. The aim of Neighbours Unite is to build a connected community where residents get to know and look out for each other.

As part of Neighbours Unite, those who register to become a member are eligible to receive a rebate to host a Neighbours Unite Activity. Neighbours Unite activities can include a barbecue, dog walk in a local park, high tea, picnic in the park or a national dish dinner. Residents are encouraged to be as creative as possible to enable them to get to know each other.

City of Rockingham Deputy Mayor Deb Hamblin encouraged residents to register and become part of Neighbours Unite.

“Neighbours Unite is a wonderful community initiative that brings residents of all ages and backgrounds together,” Deputy Mayor Hamblin said.

“At the City, we understand the benefits of connecting with your neighbours so we encourage residents to make every day Neighbour Day by joining Neighbours Unite.

“The City will provide residents with a rebate to host a Neighbours Unite activity and will also provide community safety information and other resources including invitations and a t-shirt for the host, to support an activity.”

Local resident Thelma Murphy recently hosted her own Neighbours Unite Activity in Warnbro and described it as a rewarding experience.

“It’s a great idea and for the effort to put it together, the satisfaction of the friendly atmosphere was so rewarding,” she said.

“This has been such a benefit to our little community and I can see already that friendships have been started.”

Neighbours Unite Activities aren’t limited to Neighbour Day and residents are encouraged to make every day a Neighbour Day.



Furry Friends Fun Day 2018

Furry Friends Fun Day 2018

Dog lovers are invited to join in the City of Rockingham’s Furry Friends Fun Day on Sunday 14 October from 9am to 1pm at the Rockingham Dog Club.

Located on Bungaree Oval, off Crater Place, the Furry Friends Fun Day is a free family and dog friendly event that features a range of activities including free basic vet checks, a dog agility display, mobile dog wash and grooming as well as a doggy daycare.

Information on the Rockingham Dog Club and animal rescue groups will be available in addition to a sausage sizzle, show bags and pet merchandise.

City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels said residents and their four legged friends will also have the chance to enjoy the off-leash dog exercise area at Bungaree Oval.

“The Furry Friends Fun Day is a great chance for residents to meet fellow dog owners and learn about some of the services and spaces that are available for dogs within the City,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City’s Rangers and SmartWatch teams will be represented at the event and residents will be able to find out more information about setting up their own dog walking group with help from the City’s Neighbours Unite Program.”

The City of Rockingham has a number of off leash dog exercise areas as well as two enclosed dog parks at Bayview Reserve in Rockingham and Acrasia Reserve in Baldivis.

Ahead of the Furry Friends Fun Day event, Mayor Sammels encouraged residents to take up lifetime registration of their pets.

“Cost effective options are available for both sterilised and unsterilised pets and all lifetime registrations or renewals received by 31 October 2018 will go into a draw to win one of five $100 Pet City vouchers” he said.

Residents attending the Furry Friends Fun Day are asked to be mindful of their pet’s behaviour. Drinking water and disposable dog waste bags will be available on the day. The free basic vet checks are being provided by Warnbro Sound Veterinary Clinic.

For more information call 9528 0333



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