Wednesday, July 13th, 2011
THE City of Cockburn’s Coogee Beach has been awarded WA’s Friendly Beach Award for its visitor facilities and forging links with indigenous history.

WA Environment Minister Bill Marmion made the announcement as part of the 2011 Clean Beaches Awards.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the award displayed the City’s commitment to providing first-class facilities and access for people of all ages and abilities.

“These include easy access to the jetty and beach for people with disabilities and the elderly by providing asphalt paths and a concrete ramp,” he said.

“The City recently installed beach access matting for people in wheelchairs, or prams, to access the beach and also has beach wheelchairs available.

“A full-time caretaker has recently been employed to assist with maintaining the amenity of Coogee Beach reserve and is also able to help visitors with information, promote safety and provide assistance to visitors, should they require it.”

In terms of the beach’s indigenous heritage, Mayor Howlett said the City had worked hard to establish a Reconciliation Action Plan which encouraged staff and the community to learn about Cockburn’s Aboriginal history.

“The City works with local indigenous community members who host guided walks at Coogee Beach for local residents and community members,” he said.

Coogee Beach was also highly commended in the environmental protection category.

Mayor Howlett said the City had established an excellent rapport with local community groups and other stakeholders, working together to enhance and protect the environment.

“The City works closely with the Friends of Coogee Beach, Coastcare, Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Coogee Beach Progress Association and organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia on a range of projects, including plantings, clean-ups and environmental education tours,” he said.

The Clean Beaches Awards are run by Keep Australia Beautiful WA with support from the Department of Environment and Conservation.

Colin Crook from the Friends of Coogee Beach with City of Cockburn environmental officer Linda Metz and South Metropolitan Coastcare Officer Craig Wilson, celebrating the Friendly Beach Award win.

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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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