City of Rockingham

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City of Rockingham
Western Australia
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The City of Rockingham within the Perth Metropolitan Area
City of Rockingham Coat of Arms
 • Density486.64/km2 (1,260.38/sq mi)
Area257.1 km2 (99.3 sq mi)
MayorDeb Hamblin
Council seatRockingham
RegionSouth Metropolitan Perth
State electorate(s)Rockingham, Warnbro, Kwinana, Darling Range
Federal division(s)Brand
Logo of the City of Rockingham.svg
WebsiteCity of Rockingham
LGAs around City of Rockingham:
Kwinana Serpentine-Jarrahdale
City of Rockingham Serpentine-Jarrahdale
Mandurah Murray

The City of Rockingham is a local government area in the far southern suburbs of the Western Australian capital city of Perth.


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,[3]: pp83-85  and the Rockingham Road District was gazetted on 4 February 1897.[4]

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.[3]

A new office was constructed for the Roads Board in 1946 on the corner of Flinders Lane and Kent Street.[3]

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.[5][6] 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.[3]: pp287-288 

On 12 November 1988 the Council attained City status.[5][6] In 1994, the City relocated to new Council chambers and civic centre on Civic Boulevard.[7]

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.[8]

Wards & mayor[edit]

The Rockingham council chambers

The city has been divided into four wards.

  • Rockingham Ward (3 councillors)
  • Safety Bay Ward (3 councillors)
  • Baldivis Ward (3 councillors)
  • Comet Bay Ward (2 councillors)

Historically, the mayor was elected from among the councillors. The election system was changed for the 2021 council election, with the mayor directly elected. Deb Hamblin succeeded retiring Barry Sammels as mayor of the City of Rockingham, becoming the first female to hold this position.[9] Hamblin was officially sworn in on 19 October 2021 for a four year term.[10]

At the time of the announcement of his retirement in August 2021, Barry Sammels had been the longest-serving active mayor in Western Australia, having first been elected mayor of Rockingham in 2003. Previous to this, he had been elected as a councillor in 1997 and as the deputy mayor in 2001.[11][12]

Of the current councillors, Leigh Liley is the longest-serving, having first been elected to the council in 1999, while the current mayor, Deb Hamblin, served on the council from 2005 until her election to mayor.[13]

Current council composition subsequent to the 16 October 2021 election:[14][15]

Position Name Term
Mayor Deb Hamblin 2021–25
Deputy mayor Hayley Edwards 2021–23
Rockingham/Safety Bay Ward Craig Buchanan 2019–23
Rae Cottam 2019–23
Mark Jones 2021–23
Caroline Hume 2021–25
Leigh Liley 2021–25
Dawn Jecks 2021–25
Baldivis Ward Hayley Edwards 2019–23
Sally Davies 2019–23
Brett Wormall 2021–25
Comet Bay Ward Lorna Buchan 2019–23
Robert Schmidt 2021–25
  • Two year term only as Mark Jones filled the vacancy created by the retirement of councillor Joy Stewart.



Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1911 161—    
1921 477+11.47%
1933 1,014+6.49%
1947 1,780+4.10%
1954 2,656+5.88%
1961 2,583−0.40%
1966 4,383+11.16%
1971 11,608+21.51%
1976 17,224+8.21%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1981 24,740+7.51%
1986 31,595+5.01%
1991 41,749+5.73%
1996 57,980+6.79%
2001 70,008+3.84%
2006 84,307+3.79%
2011 104,105+4.31%
2016 125,114+3.74%

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.

Rockingham's local radio station is 104.1 Rock FM. The internet radio station broadcasts 24 hours a day on its website, and on the Stickam social networking service.


Rockingham Lakes Regional Park, at 4,270 hectares, occupies approximately 16 percent of the area of the City of Rockingham. The park, established in 1997, consists of areas of land that have been identified as having outstanding conservation, landscape and recreation values.[16]

Heritage-listed places[edit]

As of 2021, 113 places are heritage-listed in the City of Rockingham,[17] of which seven are on the State Register of Heritage Places, among them Cape Peron K Battery Complex, the Bell Cottage ruin and Lake Richmond.[18]

Sport & Recreation[edit]

Rockingham is home to the Rockingham Rams[19] in the Peel Football League; Rockingham City FC[20] 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.

Sister cities[edit]

The City of Rockingham has two active affiliations to which it is a signatory, being:

  • Japan 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.
  • Malaysia 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.[21]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Rockingham (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 31 December 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Draper, Richard Rockingham – The Visions Unfold. City of Rockingham. 1997. ISBN 0-9599249-2-2
  4. ^ "Rockingham Roads Board District (per 5980/96)". Western Australia Government Gazette. 4 February 1897. p. 1897:244.
  5. ^ a b "Local Government Act 1960. Shire of Rockingham (City Status) Order 1988". Western Australia Government Gazette. 10 June 1988. p. 1988:1934.
  6. ^ a b WA Electoral Commission, Municipality Boundary Amendments Register (release 3.0), 31 May 2007.
  7. ^ Rockingham Municipal Heritage Inventory Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine Palassis Architects, April 2008 p.22
  8. ^ Rockingham Strategic Regional Centre Archived 8 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Welhan, Monique (17 October 2021). "City of Mandurah, Rockingham 2021 election results". 97.3 Coast FM. Mandurah. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  10. ^ Cooper, Daniela (19 October 2021). "Deb Hamblin voted in as first ever female mayor for Rockingham". Mandurah Mail. Mandurah. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  11. ^ Thompson, Holly (3 August 2021). "Sunset on Sammels' City reign". Sound Telegraph. Mandurah. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  12. ^ Welhan, Monique (2 August 2021). "End of an era for Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels". 97.3 Coast FM. Mandurah. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  13. ^ City of Rockingham 1988 (Honour board). City of Rockingham council chambers: City of Rockingham. 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2021.
  14. ^ "2019 Ordinary Election Rockingham Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. 2019. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  15. ^ "2021 Ordinary Election Rockingham Results". Western Australian Electoral Commission. 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  16. ^ Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Management Plan 2010 (PDF) (Report). Conservation Commission of Western Australia, Department of Environment and Conservation & City of Rockingham. 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  17. ^ "City of Rockingham Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  18. ^ "City of Rockingham State Register of Heritage Places". Heritage Council of Western Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  20. ^ Rockingham City FC Archived 6 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ [1] Archived 29 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine City of Rockingham Global Friendship Policy, adopted by Council at its ordinary meeting held on 28 September 2010

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Coordinates: 32°16′52″S 115°43′37″E / 32.28111°S 115.72694°E / -32.28111; 115.72694