"Christmas can be a special time of year for the community. For many people it remains a very significant religious occasion.For others, it’s a celebration of family, friends, and an opportunity to acknowledge the year that has passed, and the new one just around the corner. For all of us, it’s the chance to unwind, relax, and enjoy some time off. Whatever Christmas means to you, I hope yours is everything you want it to be.
It’s lovely to see the warmer weather settling in after what has seemed like a very long winter. While you are going about your celebrations, I urge you all to take note of the City’s fire restrictions as we all do what we can to reduce the risk of bushfires. It would be nice for our volunteer firefighters to be able to spend this time with their families, instead of battling blazes. That goes for our SES volunteers and emergency services workers too. Let’s do our bit to ensure they have a quiet Christmas by making sure we have a safe one. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t drive tired. And don’t be in a hurry. Give the gift of courtesy on the road – it’s simple to do, it’s free, and it’s something we’d all like to receive when we’re driving.
We’re all very lucky to be residents of Rockingham at this time of year. We have the most beautiful beaches right on our doorstep and the perfect weather to enjoy it. Once the busyness of Christmas dies down, I invite you to join me at the Rockingham Foreshore on New Year’s Eve for our celebrations which will include fireworks at 9pm and 12pm. This event is always a fantastic night out for the family and I hope to see you there. There is also the City’s Australia Day event on 26 January on the Foreshore – another great event to put in your diaries.
On behalf of my fellow Councillors and all the staff at the City of Rockingham, I would like to wish everyone in our community all the peace, joy and happiness of the season. Take a moment to consider those who are less fortunate and be sure embrace the spirit of Christmas within your local community. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy, safe and prosperous New Year."