Due to the evolving status of the COVID-19 virus, and based on current information provided by the Australian Government Department of Health and WA Health Department, the City of Rockingham has taken steps to reduce the potential spread of the virus by cancelling some of its major events. These include the:
- The International Food Festival, which was to be held on Friday 20 March at the Village Green.
- Community Breakfast Ride, which was to be held on Sunday 22 March in Port Kennedy.
- Performance in the Park, which was to be held on Saturday 28 March at the Village Green.
- Neighbour Day Big Breakfast, which was to be held on Sunday 29 March at Harbour Playground.
Although there are no other major events planned at this stage, the City is evaluating all events on its calendar.
Anyone intending to participate in any event should check the What's on calendar for the latest event information, and to follow the City’s Facebook page.
All of the City's citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled for the forseeable future. Visit our citizenship page for more information.
In accordance with the latest restrictions from the Australian Government and State Government, all City of Rockingham leisure and community facilities and libraries closed at 12pm, Monday 23 March 2020 until further notice.
Closures will be in place at:
- Aqua Jetty
- Aquatic Centre
- Mike Barnett Sports Complex
- Warnbro Community Recreation Centre
- Autumn Centre
- Rockingham Arts Centre
- All City of Rockingham Libraries
- All City of Rockingham community centres.
Any applicable membership payments have been suspended indefinitely.
Access to library eResources and loans renewals is available online and libraries can be contacted by phone or email if assistance is required accessing any online services.
The Autumn Centre is providing takeaway meals for vulnerable seniors in the community.
The City's playgrounds, skate parks and outdoor fitness equipment are closed in line with the latest restrictions announced by the Australian Government and State Government to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Signs have been put up to alert the public. We urge our residents not to use the playgrounds, outdoor gym equipment or skate parks and adhere to the social distancing guidelines.
To assist in the closure of the Port Kennedy Skate Park, The Veterans Memorial Park public toilet will be closed. The rest of the City’s public toilets will remain open.
The City’s two enclosed dog parks in Rockingham and Baldivis will also close.
There are no changes to the City’s collection of residential or commercial general waste, green waste and recycling bins. Please continue to present your bins on your collection day, placing your bins on the kerb by 6am to ensure efficient and timely collection.
Millar Road Landfill Facility
The Millar Road Landfill Facility remains open to accept waste and recycling products from the public and commercial operators. Please refer to the landfill page for conditions.
For the safety of customers and employees, please observe the following:
- If you are unwell, please remain at home.
- Observe the recommended social distancing and health and hygiene measures.
- Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
- The preferred payment is a tip pass, EFTPOS or account.
- The Recycle Yard is now closed to shoppers. The Recycle Yard may be accessed to drop off items for recycling only. Recyclable items accepted are: metals, green waste, cardboard, polystyrene, car batteries, engine oil, and items dropped off through the Paintback scheme and Household Hazardous Waste. Household items brought to the landfill not listed under accepted household items will incur landfill fees.
The Animal Pound is operating but please call 9528 0333 beforehand if you need to attend.
To help limit the potential spread of COVID-19 in our community, in-person enquiries will be suspended at the City of Rockingham’s Main Administration Building for an indefinite period, and the Customer Service Centre will close at 4.30pm on Thursday 26 March.
The City will continue to provide services, and community and customer enquiries will remain available by phone on 9528 0333 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
A wide range of City services are available on our website via our online services. We also invite you to continue to share your thoughts on the items we have open for public comment.
Sign up to Rock Port to lodge your building and planning applications and access many other online services.
Our customer service officers are here to help with your City-related enquiries.
We have suspended site visits to conduct swimming pool barrier inspections until further notice. We remain committed to contributing to the prevention and reduction of child drowning deaths and therefore, during the suspension period, we will be implementing an alternate swimming pool barrier safety advice program, delivered by telephone and video call. This service will involve a compliance officer conducting a virtual inspection via video call to your mobile telephone, or providing verbal advice where a video call is not possible.
Contact us on 9528 0333 for more information.
Council has resolved to take the following measures regarding its meetings. The City appreciates the patience of the community during this period and looks forward to the resumption of normal business activities as soon as practicable.
All non-essential advisory and occasional committees have been suspended.
The Planning and Engineering Services Committee meetings and the Corporate and Community Development Committee meetings will go ahead but are now closed to the public. You can pre-submit any written questions for Public Question Time to email@example.com.
Council meetings will go ahead but will only deal with critical, time sensitive and essential business. Public access to Council meetings will be subject to the latest advice from the Australian Government, State Government and WA Department of Health. You can pre-submit any written questions for Public Question Time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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At the 24 March Council meeting the decision was taken to freeze rates, fees and charges in the coming 2020/2021 budget.
If you are experiencing difficulties paying your rates, please contact us on email@example.com or call 9528 0333.
Free emergency business advice
The City has partnered with Business Foundations to deliver complimentary one-on-one emergency advisory sessions. These are available to local small businesses to provide information about the Federal and State stimulus packages, plus business continuity.
Business Foundations advisors will offer a personalised one-hour service, providing advice online or over the phone.
To register for a session, which will be provided free of charge through the City’s Small Business Support program, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your business email address and include the following details:
- Business name
- Business owner/contact name
- Business address
Only a limited number of places are available for eligible businesses, so please confirm in your email application that you meet the following criteria.
- Have a lease on a bricks and mortar premises in the City of Rockingham; or
- Are the registered owner of a small business based in the City of Rockingham: and
- Are a small business as defined by Australian Bureau of Statistics (fewer than 20 employees)
Information for tourism businesses
- The best place to get the most relevant and up-to-date information for tourism business is to subscribe to the Tourism Essentials newsletter for updates.
- In light of current health advice, all destination marketing activity and promotional campaigns through Tourism WA, Destination Perth and the City of Rockingham has paused until event and travel restrictions are lifted.
- Businesses should maintain social media communications, where appropriate, but not advertising campaigns.
- The City will continue to provide federal and state advocacy for tourism businesses during this time.
We recognise food businesses are experiencing a challenging time as they adapt to new changes and restrictions imposed by the State and Australian Governments due to the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are committed to supporting our local business in any way we can to maintain food safety and keep you, your workers and your customers safe.
The City’s Health Services has developed a Food Safety Advice for COVID-19 factsheet to provide information and guidance for affected food businesses including restaurants, cafés and pubs which are undertaking takeaway and/or home delivery.