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.
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.
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.”
City of Rockingham residents are invited to an enchanting night of fun at Bell Park on Saturday 30 March 2019, with the City set to host a special performance of Peter Pan Under the Stars.
Running from 5.30pm–7.30pm, Peter Pan Under the Stars will be the last event of the City’s Summer Series of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events for 2018/2019.
The event will feature a theatrical performance of Peter Pan, with singing, dancing and audience interaction. After the performance concludes, the crowd will be able to meet and greet characters from the show. Children’s entertainment specialists Fun 2 Remember will be delivering the event.
A range of entertainment options will be available before the performance starts, including roving fairytale characters and face painting. Food and drink will also be available for purchase on site.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to bring a chair or picnic blanket and settle in for a magical night of wonder.
“The story of Peter Pan is a classic fairytale that has thrilled families for many years and the City is delighted to offer residents the opportunity to enjoy Peter Pan Under the Stars,” Mayor Sammels said.
“Peter Pan Under the Stars winds up this year’s Summer Series, so I urge anyone who is a fan of Peter Pan or other classic fairytales to bring something comfortable to sit on and enjoy an enchanting evening to remember at Bell Park.”
The performance will be suitable for people of all ages.
The City of Rockingham is delighted to announce that 10 winners have been selected after children and families across the City took part in the Summer Parks Challenge.
Running throughout January 2019, the Summer Parks Challenge gave residents the opportunity to explore the City’s parks and playgrounds.
Participants were required to answer a checkpoint question and complete an outdoor challenge at a number of City parks and reserves to be in with a chance of winning a prize. Included in the prize pool were experience passes from Rockingham Wild Encounters, gift packs from Act-Belong-Commit and a new bicycle from KD Cycles.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels congratulated the winners on navigating through the Summer Parks Challenge.
“The Summer Parks Challenge represented a fantastic opportunity for residents to be physically active and explore some of the City’s parks and reserves,” Mayor Sammels said.
“It was fantastic to see so many young people embrace the chance to get outdoors and explore their City and I congratulate all the winners. While the challenge may be over, I hope that the community continues to visit and enjoy the wide range of parks and reserves that are located in the City.”
Venues in the Summer Parks Challenge included Fantasy Park, Charnley Reserve, The Avenue Reserve, Eva Lynch Park, Lions Park, Callawa Reserve, Trusty Park, Overton Reserve, Chesapeake Reserve and the The Harbour Playground.
Summer Parks Challenge Winners
Major Prize Winner – Bicycle from KD Cycles
Sophie Gosnell – Rockingham
Winners of the Wild Encounters Experience Passes, Picnic Blanket and Drink Bottle
Abbie Sheridan – Warnbro
Dylan* – Shoalwater
Angus Mabbott – Waikiki
Jaxon Mabbott – Waikiki
Penny-Ella Weedon – Rockingham
Isabella Ford – Cooloongup
Winners of the Act-Belong-Commit Packs
Mikhail Wren – Cooloongup
Hayley Fawkes – Waikiki
Audrey Gosnell – Rockingham
* surname not provided
The City of Rockingham invites food lovers to come and enjoy the 2019 International Food Festival, which will be held on Friday 15 March 2019 from 5pm–9pm at the Village Green on Flinders Lane in Rockingham.
Hosted as part of the City’s Summer Series of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events, the International Food Festival will give visitors the chance to enjoy different flavours from around the world.
During the event about 20 food vendors will provide delicious dishes from a smorgasbord of nations including Spain, Japan, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Italy, the United States of America, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Vietnam and France.
There will also be a lively program of cultural performances from groups including Yonga Boys, Akwaaba Drumming, Rockingham Filipino Dancers and Peel Multicultural Association Persian Dancers. Free children’s activities, including creating a peg doll, family banner and paper lantern, will also be available.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels encouraged residents to head down to the Village Green and be part of the 2019 International Food Festival.
“In recent years the International Food Festival has grown to become one of the biggest events on the City’s calendar, with thousands taking up the opportunity to enjoy food from a variety of different countries,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The event has become a very popular celebration of our City’s wide range of multicultural influences. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth, or can’t resist savoury dishes, there is something to suit everyone’s tastes, so I encourage all residents to join us in this fantastic festival of flavour.”
Attendees are encouraged to use public transport, with services on the 555 bus route extended to 10pm, operating on a 15-minute frequency. Nearby parking is available at the Gary Holland Community Centre and behind the Rockingham Museum.
Thousands of people were treated to the majestic sounds of the Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) on Saturday 23 February 2019, as the City of Rockingham hosted the Romance on the Green event for the third time.
Romance on the Green was held as part of the City’s Summer Series of free, family-friendly, smoke-free and alcohol-free events. About 8,500 concert-goers enjoyed a range of orchestra classics, classic rock hits and musical theatre anthems from the PSO and special guests, who were conducted by the acclaimed Jessica Gethin.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels thanked the PSO and concert-goers for making the event a special occasion for the third year in a row.
“The PSO and special guests, conducted by Jessica Gethin, always put on a fantastic show and the latest edition of Romance on the Green was no exception,” Mayor Sammels said.
“It was terrific to see residents of all ages and backgrounds come down to the Village Green on Flinders Lane and enjoy a variety of different tunes.
“The PSO provided music for a wide range of tastes and I’m delighted to say that the feedback the City has received on the event has been outstanding once again.”
During Romance on the Green the audience was treated to renditions of classic songs including Fields of Gold, The Prayer, Great Southern Land and Circle of Life.