Get Involved in Plastic Free July

Get Involved in Plastic Free July

The City of Rockingham is excited to be participating in Plastic Free July, with residents encouraged to take part in a wide range of events the City is hosting to tackle issues surrounding single use plastics.

Plastic Free July is a global movement that focuses on getting people to reduce their consumption of single use plastic waste in all facets of life. Whether it’s at home, work, school or even a local café or shop, participants are encouraged to use compostable or reusable alternatives.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Plastic Free July offered residents the opportunity to make important lifestyle changes that would benefit the environment.

“As a City that is home to an abundance of amazing natural assets including 37 km of breathtaking coastline and stunning wildlife, it’s vital we take every step we can to preserve the environment that we are fortunate to call home,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City recently adopted a strong policy on single use plastics and balloons, so taking part in Plastic Free July is another positive step in the right direction.

“There will be a range of exciting events and workshops taking place across the City throughout July and I encourage all residents to get involved and learn about the great alternatives that can become new habits forever.”

What’s On

Activities to be held throughout the City during Plastic Free July include:

Low Waste Kitchen and Pantry

When: Tuesday 2 July 2019
Where: Carnaby Room, Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
Time: 1pm – 2.30pm
The award-winning Wasteless Pantry team will host an interactive workshop on reducing household waste. This free event is suitable for ages 18 and over.


‘How I live a Plastic Free Life’ with Lyndsay Miles

When: Thursday 4 July 2019
Where: Warnbro Community Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
Zero-waste blogger of Treading My Own Path and author, Lindsay Miles, will share how she lives a plastic free life.


STRAWS – Documentary Screening

When: Thursday 11 July 2019
Where: Gary Holland Community Centre
Time: 6pm – 7pm
STRAWS is a short documentary that outlines the impact of straw litter. Viewers will learn about the impact posed by plastic pollution and how they can make changes one step at a time. Light refreshments will be provided.


Sustainable Saturday

When: Saturday 20 July 2019
Where: Rockingham Central Library
Time: 10am – 1pm
This event will include a special gathering of local community groups and organisations to answer queries about living a more sustainable lifestyle. Craft activities, live demonstrations and special guest speakers will be available. No bookings required.


DIY Plastic Free Beauty Product Workshop

When: Wednesday 31 July 2019
Where: Safety Bay Library
Time: 5.30pm – 7pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to make simple beauty products at home. Participants will take home a range of goods from the workshop. This event is suitable for participants aged 16 years and above. The cost is $5 to cover materials.

Please note all activities require bookings unless otherwise specified. For more information about the events the City is hosting or to book your place call 9528 0333.

For other great Plastic Free July events that are being run by community groups in the City visit the What’s On Calendar.


Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition

Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition

The stories of Nyoongar people with a connection to Rockingham will be on display throughout National Reconciliation Week 2019, as the Rockingham Central Library hosts the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition from 25 May–1 June.

Comprising audio material and photographic portraits, the exhibition will feature 10 local Nyoongar people sharing stories about their lives and experiences.

In addition to the exhibition, the audio material created through the project will be made available through the City of Rockingham Library catalogue as an online resource for the whole community. Transcripts of each of the stories will also be produced, and a compilation CD has been created using excerpts from each of the stories shared.

Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to come along, listen and view the exhibition during National Reconciliation Week.

“National Reconciliation Week is an opportunity for people throughout the community to come together and the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition will help residents learn more about the history and culture of Nyoongar people,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The stories shared in the exhibition are personal and in some places are about profoundly painful experiences that have shaped lives. They also speak of courage, resilience, joy, pride and the enjoyment of simple pleasures.

“Through these stories we also get to hear about the deep, ongoing connection that Nyoongar people have to this region, and cultural knowledge that links people living here today with a long line of ancestors.”

The City engaged oral historian Jemma King and project coordinator Ivy Penny to work with local Nyoongar community members to record their stories for the exhibition.

Photography for the project was contributed by Trevor Walley and Hannah Salt, with musical material supplied by Justin Martin.

“The City’s Aboriginal Advisory Group played a central role in making this project happen and the City thanks all of the members for contributing their ideas, their knowledge and their valuable time, to make sure it was successful,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City is currently in the process of developing its third Reconciliation Action Plan. Our consultations with the community, and with City staff, have highlighted the importance of increasing community cultural awareness.”

“Providing opportunities such as this exhibition, and the audio material that has been created through the project, is an important step towards achieving this.”

The exhibition is open from 9am–7pm on Monday to Thursday, 9am–5pm on Friday and 9am–12pm on Saturday.

Rockingham City to Acknowledge National Reconciliation Week

Rockingham City to Acknowledge National Reconciliation Week

The City of Rockingham will acknowledge National Reconciliation Week 2019 from 27 May to 3 June.

National Reconciliation Week is held annually and offers an opportunity for all Australians to learn about the nation’s Aboriginal history, cultures and achievements, and to explore the ways that the community can achieve reconciliation together. It is held in late May and early June as the dates mark the anniversaries of the historic 1967 Referendum and the landmark Mabo decision in 1992.

The theme for 2019 is Grounded in Truth, Walk Together with Courage. This theme highlights that at the heart of reconciliation, is the relationship between the broader Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This relationship, if it is to prosper, must be grounded on a foundation of truth.

As part of the City’s recognition of National Reconciliation Week, banners will be displayed on Central Promenade in Rockingham for the entire week.
The banners are part of a project coordinated by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries that will feature over 415 banners displayed across WA, featuring the work of Aboriginal artist Ms Valmayi Nampitjinpa.

From Saturday 25 May to Saturday 1 June the City will also display the Rockingham Nyoongar Stories Exhibition at Rockingham Central Library.

The exhibition will celebrate and share the outcomes that have been accomplished through a project that seeks to connect the community with the stories and voices of Nyoongar people who are connected to Rockingham.


Library and Information Week

Library and Information Week

Families across the City of Rockingham will have the opportunity to participate in a range of fun activities during Library and Information Week 2019.

Library and Information Week will be held from 20–26 May 2019 and is an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association that aims to showcase the range of services on offer at libraries.


National Simultaneous Story Time

The City will be hosting three major events as part of Library and Information Week.  The first, National Simultaneous Story Time, will be held at Rockingham Centre in the Kids Zone near ANZ Bank on Wednesday 22 May from 9am–10am.

National Simultaneous Story Time will feature members of the public, a school class from Bungaree Primary School and the Paint Rockingham REaD mascot WiDi, all reading the same book as other groups from across the country at the same time.

Mary Davies Library and Community Centre

Meanwhile, on 22 May the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis will be hosting its own National Simultaneous Story Time event that will include craft, rhymes and great stories.

Rockingham Central Library

On Thursday 23 May 2019 the City will host Pyjama Story Time at Rockingham Central Library from 4pm–6pm. Running for the fourth year in a row, Pyjama Story Time will feature a cuddly animal farm, scavenger hunt, tech displays and a group reading activity.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to embrace the activities taking place during Library and Information Week.

“The City of Rockingham’s four libraries are filled with valuable information, entertainment and activities for residents of all ages to enjoy,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During Library and Information Week 2019 the City will be hosting two events that highlight the significant role both reading and libraries play in our community. I encourage residents of all ages to get involved with these activities and celebrate the importance libraries have in our City.”

The theme for Library and Information Week 2019 is Truth, Integrity, Knowledge (TIK). This theme recognises the ways that librarians and libraries support and further these ideals.

For more information on these events or the City’s libraries in general, please contact the City on 9528 0333

National Volunteer Week 2019

National Volunteer Week 2019

City of Rockingham residents will have the opportunity to show their appreciation for volunteers as the City hosts a number of free gift-making workshops during National Volunteer Week 2019.

National Volunteer Week, which runs from Monday 20 May to Sunday 26 May 2019, is an annual celebration held across the country to acknowledge the generous contribution volunteers make to the community.

Kokedama arrangements

The City will be hosting four workshops to celebrate National Volunteer Week. The first will be a kokedama arrangements workshop, which will be hosted at the Warnbro Community Library from 5.30pm to 7pm on Monday 20 May 2019.

Kokedama is a form of Japanese garden art and participants will learn how to make a kokedama arrangement that they can give to a worthy volunteer.

Mini floral posy

On Tuesday 21 May 2019 the City will then host a mini floral posy workshop at the Mary Davies Library and Community Centre in Baldivis. Two sessions will be held from 3pm–4pm and 5pm–6pm. Those taking part will be making small bouquets of flowers which can be given to a volunteer.

Mini succulent garden

At Rockingham Central Library on Wednesday 22 May 2019 residents will be able to create a mini succulent garden from 2pm – 3pm, while a card making workshop will also be held at Safety Bay Library on Thursday 23 May 2019 from 10.30am–12.30pm.

Volunteer Recognition Celebration

National Volunteer Week 2019 will then be capped off with the City’s Volunteer Recognition Celebration on Thursday 23 May 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. The event will recognise and pay homage to a number of nominated local Rockingham Volunteers.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to get involved with the free workshops being held across the City’s libraries. Numbers are limited and registrations are essential.

“The City of Rockingham is filled with a large number of hardworking volunteers, who all do an amazing job for their respective clubs, community groups and not-for-profit organisations,” Mayor Sammels said.

“National Volunteer Week is an opportunity for us to take a step back and recognise the outstanding role these volunteers play in making our community such a fantastic place to live. I encourage all residents to get involved with the City’s gift making workshops and show a worthy volunteer just how much they are valued.

“If you want to become a volunteer don’t forget the Rockingham Volunteer Centre (RVC) is available to help. Contact the RVC on 9528 8670

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