Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup PS Students Learn The Importance of Road Safety

Cooloongup Primary School students are now more familiar with the road rules, after the City of Rockingham provided them with an opportunity to make a special visit to the Constable Care Road Safety School.

Located in Maylands, the Constable Care Safety School gives students a hands-on opportunity to learn about vital pedestrian, bicycle and public transport safety skills.

The facility is equipped with a purpose-built classroom complex and a realistic layout of Perth’s streets. It also features cutting-edge augmented reality in a simulated-risk environment that is designed to help students learn.

The school’s visit to the Constable Care Safety School was made possible thanks to a partnership the City shares with Constable Care. This agreement also facilitates the opportunity for Constable Care performances in every primary and secondary school in the Rockingham area.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said it was important for students to learn about road safety at an early age.

“Road trauma is a significant issue that all motorists and passengers in Western Australia need to be aware of, so it’s vital that our youngest residents become familiar with the rules on our roads,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While they may not be sitting behind the wheel yet, it is important for young students to know how to safely cross a busy intersection, hail a bus, spot hazards as a passenger in the car and to understand the rules around cyclists.

“The Constable Care Safety School experience highlights all of these important points and links them directly to the WA primary school curriculum.”

Walk Safely to School Day

Walk Safely to School Day

On Friday 17 May 2019 school children across the City of Rockingham will be encouraged to start their day with a walk to school as part of the National Walk Safely to School Day event.

Now in its 20th year, National Walk Safely to School Day is an annual event that encourages students to walk and commute safely to school. It seeks to promote road safety, health, public transport and the environment.

In a bid to encourage as many schools as possible to take part in the event, the City is supporting a number of primary and secondary schools to host a healthy breakfast as part of their events.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said 31 schools had registered to receive their donation for a healthy breakfast.

“The National Walk Safely to School Day event is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about the benefits of maintaining a physically active lifestyle, having a healthy diet, looking after the environment and road safety,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The event promotes active travel which has a wide range of benefits including reduced traffic congestion, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved social wellbeing and a greater sense of community.

“I encourage as many students as possible to replace vehicle travel with walking on Friday 17 May.”

Who’s involved

The schools across the City of Rockingham involved in the 2019 National Walk to School Day event include:

  • Baldivis Secondary College
  • Rockingham Senior High School
  • Warnbro Community High School
  • Living Waters Lutheran College
  • Mother Teresa Catholic College
  • Rockingham Montessori School
  • Tranby College
  • South Coast Baptist College
  • Baldivis Gardens Primary School
  • Baldivis Primary School
  • Bungaree Primary School
  • Charthouse Primary School
  • Comet Bay Primary School
  • Cooloongup Primary School
  • East Waikiki Primary School
  • Endeavour Education Support Centre
  • Endeavour Primary School
  • Makybe Rise Primary School
  • Port Kennedy Primary School
  • Rockingham Beach Education Support Centre
  • Rockingham Beach Primary School
  • Rivergums Primary School
  • Secret Harbour Primary School
  • Settlers Primary School
  • Singleton Primary School
  • St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
  • Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
  • Tuart Rise Primary School
  • Warnbro Primary School
  • Waikiki Primary School
  • Safety Bay Senior High


Blessing of the Roads for Easter 2019

Blessing of the Roads for Easter 2019

As Easter approaches and the level of traffic on roads across Western Australia begins to increase, the City of Rockingham will take part in a blessing of the roads ceremony at South Coast Baptist College in Waikiki on Thursday 11 April 2019.

The blessing of the roads ceremony is a symbolic gesture to motorists and passengers that everyone on the roads over the Easter long weekend has a shared responsibility to stay safe.

Local police, fire and ambulance services will be attending the ceremony on Thursday, alongside members of the City’s RoadWise Advisory Committee.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels urged residents to be tolerant of other road users over the Easter long weekend.

“The blessing of the roads ceremony focuses on raising awareness for all road users about the need to exercise care, courtesy and common sense when travelling on the road over Easter,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The ceremony is also an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work our emergency services personnel do when it comes to reducing trauma on our roads.

“This Easter the City encourages all motorists to plan ahead so they have ample time to arrive safely at their destination. Please remember to wear a seatbelt, slow down, don’t drink and drive, and turn off your mobile so you avoid any unwelcome distractions.”


Road Ribbon for Road Safety Campaign

Road Ribbon for Road Safety Campaign

The City of Rockingham will proudly support the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign from Sunday 18 November 2018 through to Friday 4 January 2019, in a bid to promote road safety over the Christmas holiday period.

A community-based initiative, the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign encourages people to take care on the roads and promote road safety messages to their friends, family and colleagues to help reduce road trauma. It is aligned to Towards Zero, WA’s Road Safety Strategy 2008–2020.

This year the launch of the campaign will coincide with the United Nations World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to join in the campaign and be cautious on the road over the Christmas holiday period.

“The Christmas and New Year break is an especially busy time on our roads and motorists should take extra care when travelling during the festive season,” Mayor Sammels said.

“We believe the only acceptable road toll is zero, which is why we encourage residents to get behind the Road Ribbon for Road Safety campaign and raise awareness of road safety with family and friends.

“By working together we can ensure everyone stays safe on our roads this summer and gets to enjoy Christmas with loved ones.”

Residents can help raise awareness of road safety by wearing a road ribbon. They are available free of charge from the City of Rockingham Administration Building and the City’s libraries.

For more information on the campaign visit the Roadwise Website.

Rockingham RoadWise Committee

Rockingham RoadWise Committee

I attended my first official RoadWise Advisory Committee last night. (I’ve attended a few in the past standing in for another Councillor, but last night was my first time as an official member of the committee).

RoadWise is a state government initiative. It was founded in 1994 and works with Local Governments and the community to support the implementation of Towards Zero, the road safety strategy for WA 2008-2020.

Three levels of coordination (State, Regional and Local) make up the operational framework for road safety in Western Australia.

The RoadWise Program is supported by the Road Safety Council of WA and is funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account; which is made up of the speed and red light camera fines received in WA and the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement sourced from WA vehicle licensing fees.

Local Governments have an important role to play in road safety as owners and managers of an extensive road network representing 88% of WA roads. Almost two thirds of serious crashes occur on local roads, therefore Local Governments have a significant responsibility for ensuring their roads are safe.

WALGA’s RoadWise Program works to build the capacity of Local Governments, the community, and other agencies to effectively deliver road safety initiatives aligned to Towards Zero.

Building capacity is achieved by improving individual skills, strengthening community action and empowering organisations to take responsibility for road safety and contribute to better road safety outcomes.

Attending these types of meetings is one of the best parts of my role as a Councillor. The enthusiasm and dedication of the community members that give up their time to help make our communities safer is to be commended. If you recognize any of the names below, please take the time to thank them for their hard work next time you see them.

Rockingham RoadWise Advisory Committee is made up of the following members;

Community Representatives;

  • Mrs Arlene Yates,
  • Mr Bob Cooper,
  • Mr Richard Bryant,
  • Mrs Sally Low,
  • Mr Tony Gale and,
  • Mr William Ashman.

along with;

  • Mrs Engel Prendergast – Senior Road Safety Consultant, WA Local Government Association
  • Sgt Bob Bateman – WA Police
  • Ms Tania Gigg – School Drug Education and Road Aware
  • Mr Sam Assaad – Director Engineering and Parks Service, City of Rockingham
  • Mr Manoj Barua – Manager Engineering Services, City of Rockingham
  • Mr Mary-Jane Rigby – Manager Community Support and Safety Services
  • Mr Ryan Gibson – Coordinator Planning and Design, City of Rockingham
  • Miss Morgan Ward – Business Support Officer, City of Rockingham


Council Representative……. me!


RoadWise Updates

  • Please Slow Down Consider Our Kids bin stickers are being distributed by volunteers to households around key areas such as local primary schools.
  • Road Safety Action Plan – This is being updates and reviewed by city staff at the moment.
  • Volunteers from RoadWise will be manning a display at the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving SAFE Expo on September 16th. Come along, say hi and learn about road safety.
  • RoadWise Crash Trailer is about town and works well to increase public awareness of the serious consequences that result from a lack of road safety awareness.
  • Volunteers from RoadWise will be out at a local school in the near future promoting Safe Travel To School.
  • As of September 2nd there’s been 107 deaths on WA Roads. A slight increase over last year, but still part of an improving trend.
  • Main Roads is currently reviewing the administrative classification assessment process used to advise whether a road should be designated as a state of Local Government Road. The proposed approach will be presented at the upcoming Regional Road Group meetings for comment and feedback from Local Governments.




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