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Statement Regarding Major Events

Date26 October 2020

Due to the State Government’s recent announcement regarding the deferral of Phase Five of the COVID-19 Roadmap, the City cannot proceed with plans for the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Rockingham Foreshore.   

The State Government announced on Monday 19 October 2020 that the implementation of Phase Five would be delayed and no new tentative date would be set. 

This deferral has left the City in a position where it is unable to proceed as the existing Phase Four physical distancing requirements make hosting such an event impractical, and the time frame for finalising supplier requirements has now elapsed. The City has already amended the contractual arrangements for as long as possible and is unable to delay any further. 

While the New Year’s Eve event will not proceed, the City intends to host its Christmas Festival event on Saturday 5 December 2020 and will be submitting an event application to the Department of Health for our annual Australia Day Celebration on 26 January 2021. 

The City is planning a range of smaller events for the community over summer, as part of its Summer Series program, and plans for other major events including Romance on the Green, Performance in the Park and the International Food Festival will also be progressed for 2021.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the City was very disappointed it was unable to host its New Year’s Celebration for 2020/2021, but it had to base its plans on current health advice.  

“With the current restrictions in place it is just not possible for us to deliver this event,” Mayor Sammels said. 

While it is unfortunate we won’t be able to ring in the New Year with a community gathering at the Rockingham Beach Foreshore, we are still committed to hosting a range of other events over the summer in line with COVID-19 safety requirements. 

For more information on events in the City of Rockingham visit the What's On Calendar.  

Image: The City is planning to host its annual Christmas Festival event in December. Picture: City of Rockingham.  

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