City of Rockingham
|City of Rockingham
The City of Rockingham within the Perth Metropolitan Area
City of Rockingham Coat of Arms
|Population||128,962 (2015 est)|
|• Density||501.60/km2 (1,299.14/sq mi)|
|Area||257.1 km2 (99.3 sq mi)|
|Region||South Metropolitan Perth|
|State electorate(s)||Rockingham, Warnbro, Kwinana, Darling Range|
|Website||City of Rockingham|
In 1896, residents of Rockingham petitioned to establish a road board, which they proposed be called "Clarence" which was the name of the failed settlement of Thomas Peel at Woodman Point. The area at the time fell within the responsibility of the Fremantle District Road Board. The name "Clarence" was declined by the Department of Lands and Surveys,:pp83-85 and the Rockingham Roads District was gazetted on 4 February 1897.
The agricultural hall on the corner of Flinders Lane and Kent Street in Rockingham was used for the Roads Board's administration until an office was constructed for the Roads Board on the corner of Office Road and Mandurah Road in East Rockingham in 1905. In 1929 the Board resolved to relocate the administration to Rockingham Beach and the various buildings, including the Agricultural Hall and the vacated Rockingham Beach Primary School building on Kent Street, were used as the Board's offices.
A new office was constructed for the Roads Board in 1946 on the corner of Flinders Lane and Kent Street.
In February 1954 the Kwinana Road District was formed from the northern portion of the Rockingham Road District.
On 1 July 1961, the Road District became the Shire of Rockingham following enactment of the Local Government Act 1960. In 1971, the Shire relocated to new offices on Council Avenue on land donated by developers Rockingham Park Pty Ltd 2 km southeast of the traditional centre of Rockingham Beach, which was to become the new major centre of Rockingham and Kwinana. The Rockingham City Shopping Centre opened in the new centre in 1971. Despite the move to the new "city centre," the community apparently considered Rockingham Beach to be the rightful civic heart of Rockingham, as evidenced by the Shire's decision to construct Flinders Hall on Flinders Lane, despite the new Council offices being constructed in the same year.:pp287-288
In 2008, the Council adopted a plan for the Rockingham Strategic Regional (or Primary) Centre which incorporated both the traditional centre at Rockingham Beach and the "City Centre" of the 1970s into a larger, encompassing centre. The plan seeks to increase the residential population within this new city centre envelope from 12,000 to 36,000 through the provision of transit-oriented development, which would in turn support the operation of light rail between the Rockingham Train Station and Rockingham Beach.
The city has been divided into 4 wards. The mayor is elected from among the councillors.
- Rockingham Ward (3 councillors)
- Safety Bay Ward (3 councillors)
- Baldivis Ward (2 councillors)
- Coastal Ward (2 councillors)
- East Rockingham
- Golden Bay
- Port Kennedy
- Safety Bay
- Secret Harbour
In 1954, Kwinana was excised from Rockingham.
Rockingham is serviced by two local newspapers: The Sound Telegraph is delivered every Wednesday, and the Weekend Courier on Fridays.
Sport & Recreation
Rockingham is home to the Rockingham Rams in the Peel Football League; Rockingham City FC in the Football West State League; Rockingham Rugby Union club in the RugbyWA competition; Rockingham Flames in the State Basketball League; and the Rockingham Coastal Sharks in the Western Australia Rugby League.
The City of Rockingham has two active affiliations to which it is a signatory, being:
- City of Akō, located in the Hyōgo Prefecture of Japan – A "sister city" relationship based on opportunities for residents and groups to exchange diverse cultural aspects, particularly during official and community visits. "Ako Lane", located next to the Council building, is a tribute to this relationship.
- Kota Kinabalu, the capital city of the Malaysian state Sabah – A "friendship city" agreement in conjunction with the objectives of the South West Group to support potential bilateral trade between firms in the two regions.
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- Draper, Richard Rockingham – The Visions Unfold. City of Rockingham. 1997. ISBN 0-9599249-2-2
- "Rockingham Roads Board District (per 5980/96)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 4 February 1897. p. 1897:244.
- "Local Government Act 1960. Shire of Rockingham (City Status) Order 1988.". Western Australia Government Gazette. 10 June 1988. p. 1988:1934.
- WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
- Rockingham Municipal Heritage Inventory Palassis Architects, April 2008 p.22
- Rockingham Strategic Regional Centre
- Rockingham City FC
-  City of Rockingham Global Friendship Policy, adopted by Council at its ordinary meeting held on 28 September 2010
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