Wednesday, August 10th, 2011 - City of Cockburn
LOCAL students had the chance to get up close and personal with the City of Cockburn and the many facets of council operations as part of Local Government Week at the start of August.

Emmanuel Catholic College, Newton Primary School and Lakelands and Hamilton Hill Senior High Schools were given an insight into different local government careers available from various City of Cockburn employees.

Students were taken on a tour of the council chambers, highlighting how the mayor and councillors work together, Henderson Waste Recovery Park to learn about recycling and the Cockburn Youth Centre to see the programs and activities on offer.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said Local Government Week was an ideal opportunity for people to learn more about their local council and generate a better understanding of the services it provides.

“We want people right across the City of Cockburn and all its suburbs to gain an insight into the role and responsibilities of their council,” he said.

“The City provides a range of important services, such as family support, financial counselling, libraries, halls for hire, vacation and family day care, through to maintenance of parks, roads and beaches, waste collection and recycling, processing planning applications and important infrastructure developments.

“Many people may be unaware of how their local council affects their daily lives in a variety of ways and Local Government Week is a way of spreading the word further.”

A City of Cockburn display at Cockburn Gateway Shopping City also gave people the opportunity to ask questions and gain information about various services.

Hiroshima Day at Coogee’s Len McTaggart Park finished the week with school students planting trees in remembrance of those devastated by the first atomic bomb in 1945.

Japanese Consul of the Information and Culture Section Sachiyo Matsuyama and Mayor Howlett joined the children in the ceremony, representing the rejuvenation of Hiroshima over the past 66 years.

lgweek-students: Lakeland Senior High School students Stephanie Shaw (standing), Amelia Walkom, Taylah Parmenter, Natasha Irvine and Rachael Edler in the mayor and deputy mayor’s hot seats in the council chambers.

lgweek-larissa: City of Cockburn media and communications officer Larissa Boyanich explaining council meetings to the students.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

As a developing city, Cockburn has a good mix of residential, rural and conservation areas and has more than 2000 businesses. The City of Cockburn, as a council, has a continuing mission to make the area the most attractive place to live, work and visit in the metropolitan area.
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