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Seniors are an important part of the City of Rockingham community and make up 16% (more than 21,000 people) of the population. Over the next 20 years this number will nearly double to over 40,000 people, representing 21% of the population.



Seniors' Insights

What is ageism?

Ageism is the stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination against people on the basis of their age. It is widespread and an everyday challenge for many, and has harmful effects on the health of older adults. Ageism is everywhere, yet is the most socially normalised of any prejudice and, sadly, is not widely challenged like racism and sexism.

Seniors’ Insights

Seniors around a table at a cafeSeniors’ Insights forms part of the City’s Let’s Take a Stand Against Ageism campaign, which aims to raise awareness of what ageism is and the negative effect it has on older people.

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways that we can tackle ageism in Australia – EveryAGE Counts.

For Seniors’ Insights, City of Rockingham seniors are invited and encouraged to share insights and positive accounts of what life is like as an older person, and for those who may have experienced ageism, to share the true and harsh reality of the negative impact and experiences that ageism cause.

Submissions received will be exhibited in Seniors’ Insights during Seniors Week in November 2020. The community exhibition will, therefore, include a mixture and balance of accounts about the negative impact of ageism, and positive accounts of life as an older person, as told by older people themselves.

Submissions should be no more than 150-200 words.

To be eligible, authors need to reside in the City of Rockingham boundaries, be a senior (60+ years, or 50+ years if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander), and complete the application form below.

A People’s Choice Award will be available for one community member who nominates an author. Both the nominator and nominee will win a $100 cash prize each.

Submissions close Friday 25 September 2020.


Complete the application form

Seniors Strategy 2017-2021 Seniors Strategy 2017-2021

The City has been a member of the World Health Organisation Global Network for Age-friendly Cities and Communities since 2012.
We developed the Seniors Strategy 2017-2021 following extensive community consultation and feedback as a tool to provide strategic direction to address seniors’ needs.

The strategy aims for seniors to live a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable life as part of an age-friendly community where they are connected and able to access valued, affordable and innovative community services, programs and infrastructure.

Seniors events and programs

We host a range of recreational, health, educational, and social events and programs for seniors.

Older Person Mental Health First Aid training

Free training for community members supporting older people with a mental health problem. Many older Australians experience mental health problems. Older Person Mental Health First Aid training will teach community members practical skills to support an older person with a mental health problem. Make a real difference to the older people in your community.

  • Dates: Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 October 2020
  • Time: 9am-4.30pm (both days)
  • Location: Quest Rockingham, 22 Flinders Lane, Rockingham

Places are limited and bookings are essential. Participants need to be available for both training days. Morning and afternoon tea provided, BYO lunch.

To register, contact the City on 9528 0333 or email

Seniors and Carers Expo

 The City hosts an annual Seniors and Carers Expo in October. Keep an eye on the Seniors and Carers Expo page for more information.

Seniors oral stories

What are the cherished memories that have shaped you? Five local seniors have drawn incredible reflections together and in doing so have shed light on common connections we each have to places, people and communities.

Cal Swann, Anita Black, Pamela Rudling, Lorraine Smith and Klaus Michler each draw from the wealth of their individual experiences to breathe life into moments of time and celebrate the diversity of human endeavour.


Seniors oral stories - Klaus Michler

Hear Klaus' story.


Seniors oral stories - Lorraine Smith

Hear Lorraine's story.


Seniors oral stories - Pamela Rudling

Hear Pamela's story.


Seniors oral stories - Anita Black

Hear Anita's story.


Seniors oral stories - Cal Swann

Hear Cal's story.

What does being old mean to you?

When asked this question, we all reveal very different answers. In a society where, sadly, ageism and stereotyping associated with growing old still exist, we asked a range of community members for their thoughts on this question to get a conversation started around ageing. View the film clip below where participants revealed their answers to the question "What does being old mean to you?".


Changing the way we think about ageing.

We asked the question 'What does being old mean to you?'

Memories, An Anthology

Person turning the pages of a notepadWe hosted a series of eight memory writing workshops for seniors between October and December 2018. Facilitated by Rockingham Writers Centre, participants learnt new skills and knowledge that equipped them to reminisce and write parts of their life stories and memories.

Rockingham Writers Centre produced a 110-page anthology of participants’ short written pieces. Copies of the beautifully produced book are available at the City’s and State libraries. An electronic version of the book can also available.

 Read Memories, An Anthology

Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program

**This program will be resuming from Monday 20 July**

Seniors exercising as part of the social and wellbeing programSeniors are invited to participate in the Seniors Social and Wellbeing Program held in Baldivis, Secret Harbour and Golden Bay. This program, facilitated by experienced Aqua Jetty trainers, provides an opportunity for seniors to engage in weekly physical and social activities in a friendly group setting at:

Baldivis Recreation Centre, Fifty Road, Baldivis:

  • Mondays 10am–11.30am and Wednesdays 9am–10.30am

Coastal Community Centre, Tangadee Road, Golden Bay:

  • Mondays and Fridays 9am–10.30am

Secret Harbour Community Centre, Oasis Drive, Secret Harbour:

  • Tuesdays 9.30am-11am and Thursdays 9am-10.30am

For more information, please contact the Aqua Jetty on 9591 0888 or email

Refreshments will be available. Help us be more sustainable by bringing your own cup. If you are unwell, we kindly ask that you stay home.

Aqua Jetty Livewell Membership

The Aqua Jetty is one of the City's and Western Australia's premier aquatic and health facilities. Aqua Jetty member in the pool

The Livewell membership is for people over the age of 50. Find out more information about the Aqua Jetty and the Livewell membership.

Selfie with a Senior 2018 competition

Kelly Powell's Winning SelfieKelly Powell was the lucky winner of $500 for the selfie and description she submitted for the Selfie with a Senior competition. Her entry was a great example of honouring seniors and breaking down the stigma and stereotyping of older people.

Kelly wrote:
"I work for Coastal District Care Centre Emergency Relief. Most of our volunteers are seniors. They have taught me so many valuable lessons about life, friendship, love and acceptance. They buoy up our clients with caring, compassion and laughter and ask for nothing in return. I took this photo of three of our volunteers and myself to show the friendships and love that are created despite age differences and breakdown the stigma and stereotypes of old age. These people aren’t old, they’re the perfect example of vintage… better and valuable as they age."

Thank you to everyone else who also submitted their selfies and descriptions. It was a wonderful reflection on the deep respect and love out there for older people.

Seniors: the heart and memory of the community

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