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.