Castaways beached

Weekend Courier - - Street Watch -

THE City of Rock­ing­ham has can­celled the 2018 Castaways Sculp­ture Awards due to sched­uled works on Stage 1 of the City’s Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion.

Coun­cil­lors came to a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to can­cel the event at the May 22 coun­cil meet­ing, with the pop­u­lar awards set to be re­launched in Oc­to­ber 2019.

Mayor Barry Sam­mels said while it was un­for­tu­nate, the event would be back even big­ger next year.

“The Castaways Sculp­ture Awards have been a huge hit with the com­mu­nity since first start­ing in 2008,” Mayor Sam­mels said.

“With works on Stage 1 of the ex­cit­ing Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion set to be­gin in June, there would have been a clash be­tween the two, which ul­ti­mately would have im­pacted the qual­ity of the Castaways Sculp­ture Awards.

“Once Stage 1 of the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion is com­plete, the City looks for­ward to host­ing Castaways again.”

Stage 1 of the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion will be com­pleted by late Septem­ber 2019.

Con­struc­tion will shut down dur­ing the busy sum­mer pe­riod to min­imise in­con­ve­nience to visi­tors and busi­nesses, be­fore recom­menc­ing in mid-Fe­bru­ary 2019.

This year’s Castaways Sculp­ture Awards have been can­celled.

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