Excavation Works to Begin at Bent Street Channel

Excavation Works to Begin at Bent Street Channel

The City of Rockingham will begin excavation works on the Bent Street navigation channel in the week starting Monday 9 September 2019, to ensure the channel is safe for boat users in the summer season.

Works will from run 9 September until mid to late October, with the channel set to remain operational during excavation.

Due to truck movements throughout the project, the nearby Carlisle Street sand boat ramp will be closed. However, alternative facilities for recreational boat users will be available at Bent Street and Donald Drive.

Sand excavated from the channel during the works will be transported to the City’s Millar Road Landfill Facility for re-use.

Bent Street navigation channel

Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was carrying out the necessary works in early spring so boat users could make the most of the channel during the summer months.

“The Bent Street navigation channel is a popular spot with boat users, particularly later in the year with the arrival of the crayfish season and the summer holidays,” Mayor Sammels said.

“To give the community the best possible chance of enjoying the boat ramp during the busiest period, the City has committed to carrying out excavation in September and October.

“These works are vital to ensuring boat users can safely enjoy the best our wonderful coast has to offer and we thank them for their patience during this time.”


2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

2019 Sports Star Awards Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 23rd annual City of Rockingham Sports Star Awards have been announced ahead of the awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September 2019.

Nominations were received across seven categories for the Sports Star Awards, with volunteers, athletes and clubs from a wide range of sporting codes represented in the final shortlist.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Sports Star Awards provided an important opportunity for the community to recognise residents who were excelling in their chosen sports.

“The City’s Sports Star Awards have marked an annual celebration of outstanding achievement within the local sporting community since 1996,” Mayor Sammels said.

“For more than 20 years the awards have recognised local, state, national and international calibre champions from across the City.

“The competition for this year’s awards was intense, and those who have been selected as finalists should be immensely proud of themselves and their clubs.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 19 September, which will be held at the Gary Holland Community Centre.

The City also gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors The Sound Telegraph, Baldivis Health and Fitness, Rockingham F45 Training and Rockingham Centre.

Finalists for the 2019 Sports Star Awards include:

Team of the Year

Rockingham City FC – 1st Team
Rockingham-Mandurah District Cricket Club – 1st Grade Team
Rockingham Rugby Union Football Club – U10 Team
Secret Harbour Dockers Cricket Club – ICL Team


Club of the Year

Rockingham Basketball and Recreation Association
Rockingham BMX Club
Rockingham Swimming Club
Safety Bay Tennis Club


Junior Sports Star of the Year

Ashlyn Mohr
Luke Travers
Mia Dolan


Senior Sports Star of the Year

Greg Hire
Holly Barratt
Kiara Bowers


Sports Person of the Year with a Disability

Ben Sainsbury
Tracy Odiam


Volunteer of the Year

Clayton Phillips
Kate Cullinane
Warren Boucaut


John Brown Lifetime Achievement Memorial Award

Kevin Corbitt
Linda Heffer
Terri Fraser


Port Kennedy Skate Park Opened

Port Kennedy Skate Park Opened

The new Port Kennedy Skate Park was opened on Saturday 24 August 2019, with a celebration held to mark the completion of the project.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels opened the park before a skate jam, sausage sizzle and scooter clinic were hosted for the community.

Located at Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy, the new skate park was built after an audit of the City’s skate parks in 2015 identified that the original skate park on site was due for replacement.

In what is an exciting first for the City, the new skate park has been designed to include bowl, street and plaza skate elements. In addition, the skate park also has supporting infrastructure that includes half-court basketball, shelters, drink fountain, toilets, bike racks and parking.

Port Kennedy Skate Park

Mayor Barry Sammels said the new skate had been carefully designed following extensive feedback from the community.

“The skate park is an exciting addition to Veterans Memorial Park and has been designed to cater for various skill levels,” Mayor Sammels said.

“During consultation with the community the City carefully considered the thoughts of those who were most likely to use the new facility. We received feedback from skate groups, local schools and residents before the final designs were crafted.

“The culmination of this is an outstanding family friendly recreation space that will become a great venue for skate competitions, clinics and other events.”

Demolition of the old skate park began in early 2019 before construction was finished earlier this month.

Port Kennedy Skate Park

“Creating fantastic community infrastructure is a complex task and the City thanks Emerge Associates, Skate Sculpture and New Line Skate for their design expertise,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The City would also like to acknowledge the contribution of Advanteering Civil Engineers, who were responsible for carrying out construction on the project.”

The City gratefully acknowledges a $20,000 grant for the project from the Australian Government through its Stronger Communities Program.


City Partners with University of WA to Tackle Obesity

City Partners with University of WA to Tackle Obesity

The City of Rockingham has partnered with University of Western Australia Sport to deliver an internationally renowned sporting program focused on improving men’s health.

Starting on Thursday 5 September 2019, the MAN v FAT soccer program will kick off with an information session at the Aqua Jetty in Warnbro.

The MAN v FAT soccer program is an initiative from UWA that is inspired by a successful version of the same program which originated in the United Kingdom.

The program sees men compete in a 15 week, 6-a-side soccer league that is exclusively designed for men with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 27.5.

During matches the results are determined not only by the number of goals scored, but also by factoring in the amount of weight a team has lost during the previous week.

Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged eligible men in the City of Rockingham to get involved in the new competition.

“The MAN V FAT soccer program is an exciting new initiative that is focused on improving the health profile of men across the City,” Mayor Sammels said.

“The league is the first of its kind in Rockingham and aims to support men in achieving long lasting weight loss and behavioural change.

“Participants will be supported to achieve long term weight loss by receiving a MAN v FAT soccer handbook, weight loss manual as well as having access to a website, online forum and messaging network with their team mates.”

The season will run from 5 September 2019 to 5 December 2019. Games will be played on the indoor multipurpose court at the Aqua Jetty from 6.30pm – 8.30pm each Thursday night.

Matches will be 30 minutes long and players will be weighed before the game to gauge their progress.

A one-off $10 registration fee applies to participants. Register here.


Nominate Now for 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Nominate Now for 2020 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

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.


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