Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 - City of Cockburn
THE City of Cockburn’s Environmental Education Initiatives Project has been named a finalist in the 2009 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Recognised in the Managing the Environment Category, the project is a flexible tool assisting schools, teachers and community members to deliver environmental education on sustainability.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the main aim was to enhance education by engaging schools and communities with the long-term management of natural assets.

“The primary school program themes of biodiversity, greenhouse gases, resource use and liveable communities were designed to assist students to develop life skills that will protect and enhance their local environment,” he said.

“Education through experience is an ideal way of empowering the community to take action to ensure we have a sustainable future.

“The City of Cockburn has an ongoing commitment to conserve, preserve and – where required – remediate the quality and uniqueness of our natural environment.”

The program helps primary schoolchildren through delivery of presentations on each theme, revegetation for habitat creation activities, tours of the Regional Resource Recovery Centre, environmental education grants and assistance with other agency programs, including Adopt a Spot, WaterWise and WasteWise milestones.

Community members can gain assistance and knowledge by participating in the landowner biodiversity conservation grants, community natural resource management and sustainable living workshops, the Men of the Trees’ community volunteer planting scheme and revegetation programs that engaged more than 730 volunteers in 2008.

”Integrating WA environmental education programs with this project enables broader outcomes to be met and, at a local level, gives students and the wider community a level of appreciation for the environment we live in,” Mayor Howlett said.

“Knowledge-sharing between the City and the local community is vital for the enhancement of the environment.

“These programs place responsibility in everyone's hands and creates a partnership with the community.

“I’m impressed with the enthusiasm that has been displayed for the Environmental Education Initiatives Project and how people have responded to caring for and conserving the natural environment.

“To be named as a finalist in the Premier’s Awards is testament to the strength of the project and the people who have embraced it.”

Winners of the 2009 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management will be announced on October 28.

env-finalist-pic.jpeg: The City of Cockburn’s Environmental Education Initiatives Project – a finalist in the Premier’s Awards for Excellence – is helping schools such as Success Primary with sustainability education by getting them involved with the Adopt-a-Spot litter program.

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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.
Chris Thomas
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City of Cockburn award finalist in environmental sector


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