The skills of amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham will soon be on display at the 11th annual Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition, which is running from 18 September to 9 October 2019.
More than 540 entries were received for this year’s competition, with 100 set to go on display during the exhibition at the Gary Holland Community Centre.
A four person panel will judge the photos on their composition and their communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message. In this instance, photographers are required to demonstrate how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.
Selected entries will then have the chance to win cash prizes in their respective categories at an awards ceremony on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre.
During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite photograph in the Public Choice Award category.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged the community to visit the exhibition in support of local arts and culture.
“In the City of Rockingham we have a large number of talented amateur photographers and some of their best work will be on display during the Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Competition exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Each entrant’s work is unique and depicts some of the interesting ways people look after their mental health.
“Entry to the exhibition is free so I encourage all residents to head down and check out the wide range of fantastic photographs that will be on display.”
The Act-Belong-Commit campaign encourages community participation to increase peoples’ sense of belonging, physical activity and enhance their purpose in life.
The exhibition will be open from 9am – 5pm on Monday to Friday and from 9am – 4pm on weekends.
For more information contact the City of Rockingham on 9528 0333 or visit PhotoVoice.
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.
Seniors across the City of Rockingham who are looking to boost their fitness and make some new friends along the way are encouraged to participate in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.
The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program is designed for people aged 60 and over, and consists of physical and social activities facilitated by experienced fitness professionals from the Aqua Jetty in a friendly group setting.
The program is delivered at two locations across the City. The Baldivis Recreation Centre on Fifty Road hosts activities for the program on Mondays from 10am – 11.30am and on Wednesdays from 9am – 10.30am. It is also delivered at the Coastal Community Centre in Golden Bay on Tangadee Road on Mondays and Fridays from 9am – 10.30am.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the program offered seniors a fantastic opportunity to boost their physical and mental health. “The Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program was first rolled out in May 2018 and has proven to be a big hit with seniors across the community,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Seniors are able to interact with each other in a friendly environment and enjoy some light exercises and activities designed to boost their fitness. Each session is conducted under the watchful eye of trainers specially trained in senior’s fitness and is capped off with morning tea and coffee.
“I encourage any seniors in the community who are looking to boost their physical and mental health to get involved in the City’s Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program.”
Bookings are not required for the program. For more information contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888.
The City of Rockingham invites the community to a special presentation of Living Life Fully With Dementia featuring American dementia expert Michael Verde. This free event will be hosted on Friday 9 August 2019 from 9.30am – 11.30am at the Gary Holland Community Centre.
Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of neurological conditions that are caused by irreversible and ongoing deterioration of the brain.
Symptoms can include memory loss, misplacing things, becoming withdrawn and depressed and experiencing difficulty performing everyday tasks. It can affect anybody but is more common after the age of 65. Dementia is not a normal part of aging.
Outside of a cure, the most vital need for people living with dementia and their loved ones is real emotional connections.
The event featuring Michael Verde will give the community the opportunity to learn how to help people overcome feelings of self-consciousness, discomfort and fear to be fully present and connected to someone living with dementia.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the presentation was important given the growing number of people in the community living with dementia.
“Rockingham’s population has grown significantly in recent years and with that so has the number of people living with dementia,” Mayor Sammels said.
“By 2050 it is estimated there will be roughly 6,000 people living with dementia in Rockingham, which is more than six times the number in 2010.
“As the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over the age of 65 it’s vital we learn how to best assist those living with dementia, so I encourage the community to take advantage of the opportunity to hear from one of the leading voices on this topic.”
Places for the event are limited and bookings are essential. For more information or to secure a spot call the City on 9528 0333.
Amateur photographers in the City of Rockingham have less than a month left to enter the 2019 Act-Belong-Commit PhotoVoice Rockingham Competition.
Participants have until 4pm on Friday 16 August to submit an entry to be shortlisted for the 2019 PhotoVoice Exhibition, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre from Wednesday 18 September to Wednesday 9 October.
PhotoVoice encourages people to take a photo and add a caption or ‘voice’ to their image which shows how they act, belong and commit to looking after their mental health.
Selected images in the three week competition will go in the running to win cash prizes in their respective categories. All photos in the competition will be judged on their composition and communication of the Act-Belong-Commit message.
Category winners will be announced at an awards evening on Wednesday 9 October 2019 at the Gary Holland Community Centre. During the exhibition visitors will also be able to vote for their favourite piece in the public choice category, which will also be announced during the awards night.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents of all ages to make a submission before the deadline.
“For more than 10 years PhotoVoice has given amateur photographers a platform to demonstrate their creative abilities to the community,” Mayor Sammels said.
“This year there are variety of categories available for participants to enter and showcase how they keep mentally healthy, with cash prizes available.
“Each year hundreds of people enter and I encourage all residents with a keen eye for photography to consider entering this year’s awards.”
Entries in the competition must be made online. For more information on how to enter visit PhotoVoice.