Mayor's Christmas Message 2015

14/12/2015

As 2015 rapidly draws to a close our thoughts begin to settle on the celebrations and perhaps the holidays ahead. While we wind down for the year and enjoy all the wonderful things the season has to offer, it is my habit to approach the holidays with gratitude for all the great things that happened during the year and also to reflect upon the local national and global events that touched us.

The City of Rockingham will close on 24 December on a high note this year with this week’s announcement of $5 million in support from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund for the commencement of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore revitalization. Construction will commence in February 2017, and this project will be a major improvement to our highest use area.
 
In summary for 2015, we are looking at a very sombre and at times tumultuous year on the world stage with a pervasive undercurrent of an increasingly lean economic climate, the impacts of which have been felt most keenly in Western Australia with the mining downturn.
 
It is the best time of year to think of those less fortunate, and to share some generosity with someone who needs it; invite someone along to your Christmas event, donate to your favourite charity or volunteer at a local food kitchen are just a few ideas to spread some goodwill this year.
 
With careful planning and diligent financial management the City has been fortunate this year and despite a challenging global outlook, we have been able to continue to deliver major improvements to the region for the benefit of our local community.
 
A range of major projects have been completed, or are very near completion including:
•  The $3.5 million Val Street Jetty reconstruction
•  A $5 million upgrade and re-build of the Secret Harbour Surf Life Saving Club
•  A new $1.3million CCTV network.

I am proud to have been involved in decisions that shaped our strategic metropolitan centre and will improve community life for current and future local people.
 
Other major projects for the year ahead, include Laurie Stanford Reserve, Rhonda Scarrot Reserve and Eighty Road Reserve clubrooms, and the implementation of a new three-bin collection system.
 
I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday season. To those who will be travelling, particularly by car, stop and rest if you are fatigued, nominate a driver who will not be consuming alcohol and be patient with other road users, then we can all get to and from our destination safely.”
 
City of Rockingham Christmas Opening Hours
The City of Rockingham Administration building will be closed Thursday 24 December, reopening on Monday 4 January. The Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility and the Aquatic Centre only close Christmas Day and then remain open throughout. Rockingham library will remain closed until the New Year, the other libraries reopen from the 29- 31 December. Normal business hours resume from Monday 4 January.

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