City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

City to Celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019

The City of Rockingham will proudly host a number of community events to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2019, with residents across the City invited to attend.

NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July and give people the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2019 is Voice. Treaty. Truth. Let’s work together for a shared future. This theme acknowledges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have always wanted an enhanced role in decision making in Australia’s democracy.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was delighted to be participating in a series of events that focused on bringing the community closer together.

“The City of Rockingham recognises the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and the links of people living here today, with a long line of ancestors,” Mayor Sammels said.

“Rockingham is a wonderful, diverse community and NAIDOC Week represents a fantastic opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to come together and learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.

“While NAIDOC Week will officially be held from 7 – 14 July, the City will be hosting multiple events throughout June, July and August so residents have the best possible chance to participate in a series of exciting activities.”


NAIDOC Week events

City of Rockingham events celebrating NAIDOC Week include:


Rockingham NAIDOC Celebration Event

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 10.30am – 1.30pm
Come along and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culture and community. Cultural performances, fun activities and food available.


Cultural Walking Tour – Point Peron

When: Friday 12 July 2019
Where: Point Peron, Rockingham
Time: 4.30pm – 6pm
Suitable for all ages, this guided tour will give an in-depth perspective of Point Peron. Participants will receive a spiritual introduction to the land and sea while enjoying Nyoongar language and traditional dream time stories. Free event. Bookings essential.


Art Exhibition “Danjoo-Interwoven”

When: Wednesday 10 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Arts Centre
Time: 10am – 3pm daily
Danjoo – Interwoven celebrates local Aboriginal culture, country, language and visual arts practice in WA. Artworks by 18 Aboriginal artists will be on display. Free event.


Native Herbs and Spices Workshop

When: Thursday 25 July 2019
Where: Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Join Marissa Verma from Bindi Bindi to learn about native herbs and spices and their uses in food and medicine. Free event. Bookings essential.


Film Screening – “Jasper Jones”

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 12pm – 2pm
Come celebrate the 2019 NAIDOC theme – ‘Voice, Treaty, Truth’ with a special screening of a landmark award winning feature film Jasper Jones. Free event. Refreshments provided.


Act-Belong-Commit Cooking Workshop

When: Thursday 1 August 2019
Where: Autumn Centre, Rockingham
Time: 5pm – 8pm
Join Dale Tilbrook from Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as she shares a wealth of knowledge about native foods and Aboriginal land management, while cooking an easy and nutritional meal to enjoy. Free event. Bookings essential.


Weaving Workshop

When: Sunday 4 August 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Learn the art of contemporary Aboriginal weaving using natural and hand dyed raffia with award winning Aboriginal Artist Lea Taylor. Bookings essential. Cost $5.50 pp. Suitable for 18+.

For more information about these events or to book your place contact 9528 0333.


RAD Walkers Group – New Members Encouraged to Join

RAD Walkers Group – New Members Encouraged to Join

For the past year City of Rockingham residents living with dementia, and their carers, have been busy pounding the pavement at the Village Green in Rockingham as part of the Rockingham Alzheimer’s and Dementia Walking Group.

Otherwise known as the RAD Walkers, the group was formed in mid-2018 and is a partnership between the City of Rockingham, Alzheimer’s WA and Rockingham and Districts Alzheimer’s Inc.

The group offers people living with dementia, and their carers, an opportunity to make new friends in a supportive environment while keeping active at the same time.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the RAD Walkers group had an important role to play in fostering positive outcomes for people living with dementia, and their carers.

“Dementia is a growing problem across the country with more than 400,000 people living with dementia and 1.2 million involved in caring for those affected,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is committed to making Rockingham more age and dementia friendly and the RAD Walkers group is one avenue that gives residents the chance to connect with others in a similar situation. I encourage those living with dementia, and their carers, to get involved with this fantastic initiative.”

The RAD Walkers meet on the first and third Friday of every month from 10am – 11am at the Village Green on Flinders Lane in Rockingham.

For more information on the RAD Walkers contact the City on 9528 0333


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.


Autumn Centre Continues Positive Growth

Autumn Centre Continues Positive Growth

The success of the City of Rockingham Autumn Centre has continued to grow, with results from the latest survey indicating members at the facility are delighted with improvements made over the past 18 months.

The Autumn Centre is located on McNicholl Street in Rockingham and offers an active and social environment for people over the age of 50 to pursue personal interests and create support networks. It is also open to people with disability over the age of 18 accompanied by a carer.

A survey of members is conducted at the centre every year to assess the overall level of happiness at the centre. The survey determines what is working and what can be improved for members.

A total of 1667 printed surveys were sent to members in March 2019, with 431 members responding, giving a response rate of 26 per cent.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the members of the Autumn Centre for sharing their thoughts.

“The Autumn Centre is a valuable community resource and the City appreciates the feedback our members give us,” Mayor Sammels said.

“It’s fantastic to see that people are increasingly happier with the Autumn Centre. While it is great to receive positive news, we won’t be resting on our laurels. We will continue to work on all of the constructive feedback we have received to make the centre even better going forward.

“For example, we have already taken on board the feedback received about queues at the administration office and will shortly be undertaking renovations to add an extra customer service position in the foyer to improve our ability to serve members quickly.”

The Autumn Centre has gone from strength-to-strength and recently passed a record-breaking 1800 members.

“It is an exciting time at the Autumn Centre and there has never been a better time to become a member. I urge all seniors who are considering getting involved to come down and experience the centre firsthand.”

Members who are interested in discussing the results of the survey will be able to chat with Autumn Centre staff during a free members morning tea from 10am on Friday 5 April 2019.

Summer Series Draws to a Close

Summer Series Draws to a Close

The 2018/2019 City of Rockingham Summer Series has officially drawn to a close, with the Peter Pan Under the Stars event at Bell Park on Saturday 30 March 2019 winding up another successful series of events.

Held from October through to the end of March, the City’s Summer Series is a program of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events. It gives residents the opportunity to connect and engage in fun, free activities during the warmer months of the year at the City’s foreshore reserves and parks.
Peter Pan Under the Stars
The 2018/2019 Summer Series began in October with the City’s Furry Friends Fun Day and the much-loved Teddy Bears Picnic at Fantasy Park in Waikiki.

Throughout the summer a series of outdoor cinema screenings were held across the City, with families relishing the opportunity to catch a number of films in a beautiful open air environment.

In December and January the Rockingham Beach Foreshore precinct was abuzz with activity as the City hosted the inaugural Rockingham Christmas Lights Festival, New Year’s Eve celebrations, the Youth Beach Party and the Australia Day 2019 fireworks.
Christmas Festival Parade
The fun continued to come thick and fast in February, with thousands attending the Romance on the Green spectacular at the Village Green. Led by acclaimed conductor Jessica Gethin, the Perth Symphony Orchestra and special guests wowed concertgoers with a range of classic and modern day tunes.

Summer Series action concluded in March with a number of events including the International Food Festival, Baldivis Connects Community Fun Day and the Community Breakfast Ride for Bike Week.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the community for making the 2018/2019 Summer Series unforgettable.

“The City’s Summer Series is a fantastic program of events that gives residents of all backgrounds and ages the opportunity to get outside during the hotter weather and connect with each other,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During the Summer Series we were thrilled to host 17 events in a variety of locations across the City. Whether it was a movie screening in Secret Harbour or fireworks at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore, the community has responded with great enthusiasm and made the 2018/2019 Summer Series one to remember.”

International Food Festival



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