Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 - City of Cockburn
From little things, big things grow – the City of Cockburn is helping to make a community garden blossom for the Southwell Community Association and Salvation Army.

Located in the Hamilton Hill Salvation Army’s backyard, the Alcoa/City of Cockburn Projects Fund recently awarded the Community Garden Project $10,000 to develop technical plans for the garden, install a rainwater tank and buy building materials.

The rainwater tank was installed at the start of July and is the first major works for the garden.

City of Cockburn Community Development Projects Officer Alex Cullen said the aim was to turn a bare and empty backlot into a native garden for the whole community to enjoy.

“There are also plans for a small amphitheatre, barbecue area and raised garden beds for people with disabilities to participate,” she said. “The entire garden will be wheelchair accessible.”

The community garden’s aim is to create a place for the community to engage and come together, while also being a place of worship accessible to all people.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the community garden was a great way to get residents involved in their community and work with one another.

“The community garden is a great idea and I look forward to seeing the garden design come to fruition so it can be enjoyed by the community for years to come,” he said.

The Southwell Community Association is open to any groups or individuals in the community who wish to participate in the development and implementation of the garden.

For more information on becoming involved, call (08) 9411 3499.

Caption: (left to right) Salvation Army Hamilton Hill Captain David Ebsary and Southwell Community Association Chairperson Les Richardson.

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

With a population of about 80,000, 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.
Larissa Boyanich
P: (08) 9411 3551
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au

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