BEATING THAT BOGAN IMAGE
MY breath was taken away by Sarah Coote’s drone video Flying with Nature (see pages 1 and 32). The film captures our rugged coastline and amazing marine life at Shoalwater. In contrast, I came across the definition of Rockingham according to Urban Dictionary: “A very nice looking place, clean beaches and an almost touristy feel to the untrained eye. “Spend a few hours and you get to see the real place... Tapout shirts, bad tattoos, loose DC sneakers, rats’ tails and old commodores pollute the streets. “Those from there will use smaller places in the area (namely Safety Bay, Waikiki, Port Kennedy or Baldivis) to hide the fact they live in Rockingham. “Though nowadays, admitting you’re from Baldivis just means you’re a cashed up bogan (mine money) with the latest XR8 in the most out there colour available (diarrhoea green, purple or off-orange).” The post, from 2011, made me realise how far we’ve come.
Vanessa Schmitt, Editor