A look back at the year that was
There were plenty of big stories in 2018. Here we take a look at some of the major news from the first half of the year.
South Metropolitan MLC Aaron Stonehouse called for medicinal cannabis to be made more accessible and legalised within the year, arguing legalising cannabis for recreational use could take the criminal element out of the drug’s supply.
Point Peron was named as a hotspot for metropolitan shark sightings according to figures released by Surf Life Saving WA. The area had the most number of shark sightings during the aerial patrol season.
Phoenix Energy announced preliminary works on Australia’s first waste- to- energy facility in Kwinana would begin.
Despite WA’s improving unemployment rates, Rockingham and Kwinana residents continued to feel the pinch. While WA’s unemployment rate fell to 5.7 per cent, figures showed Rockingham ( 8.7 per cent) and Kwinana ( 12.1 per cent) had much higher rates than the State average.
The Queen’s Baton Relay made its long- awaited journey through Rockingham, with 21 community members getting the chance to carry the Commonwealth Games symbol on its journey to the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
A summer thunderstorm that lashed Rockingham was described by residents as being “like something out a movie”. The powerful storm packed wind gusts up to 130km/ h, damaging roofs, downing large trees and causing flash flooding.
The Mangles Bay Marina saga was delivered a knock- out blow by Planning Minister Rita Saffioti when the WA Planning Commission recommended the land required for the proposal not be rezoned, scrapping the marina as a result.
A Shoalwater woman launched a campaign to make Arcadia Drive safer in the wake of a 62- year- old woman’s death after being hit by a car. Katie Hughes saw the horrific crash in which a car mounted the curb and hit the victim, and then started a petition to make the road safer for pedestrians.
The State Government announced it would consider heritage listing Point Peron and the Cape Peron K Battery.
Christopher Pyne announced the formation of the Australian Naval Shipbuilding College, with Australia’s next specialist naval workforce set to be trained in Rockingham and Kwinana.
A report written by Tony Abbott’s former national security adviser stated Rockingham should be home to American nuclear submarines and warships to maintain peace in Asian waters.
Kwinana’s journey to becoming a “lithium valley” continued, as the State Government confirmed Western Australian Lithium was set to build a new refinery in Kwinana.
Shoalwater’s Richard Usher was recognised for his service to the welfare of veterans with an Order of Australia medal. Mr Usher spent 30 years of service with the navy, and a further 18 championing veterans’ welfare.
Both the cities of Rockingham and Kwinana recorded a financial health indicator lower than the State average during the 2016- 17 financial year, according to the MyCouncil website.
Look out for our review of July- December in January 9’ s Sound.
Batonbearer Terry Howson carries the Baton on Penguin Island as the Queen's Baton Relay visited Rockingham.
Secret Harbour's Harry Collins was recognised for his efforts at the Surf Lifesaving WA Coastal Bravery Awards.
Major Lyndon Jackson, Korean War veteran Theo Bushe- Jones and Rockingham RSL vice- president Mark Weldon prepare for Anzac Day in Rockingham.
A tornado wreaked havoc on the Rockingham foreshore.
Richard Usher was awarded an Order of Australia medal.