Thursday, July 21st, 2011
THE Cockburn Seniors Centre celebrates its second birthday on July 30, highlighting the range of activities it offers.

From 10am to 2pm, the centre will offer a free sausage sizzle, morning tea, blood-pressure checks, scrabble, whist, a mosaic display, raffles, sketches of the day and an entertainment table for grandchildren.

Scheduled events include a Heartmoves exercise demonstration at 10am, zumba at 10.30am, table tennis at 11am, tai chi at midday, yoga at 12.30pm and line dancing from 1pm.

Launched in 2009, the $800,000 centre has become a central hub providing a range of endeavours including wine tours, sundowners, singing, ballroom dancing, carpet bowls, computer classes, craft activities, bridge, machine embroidery, progressive whist, social cards, scrapbooking, jewellery-making, scrabble, drawing classes, mosaic classes and Italian classes.

The centre provides different outings and bus tours during the week and serves a two-course lunch every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Special licensed lunches with entertainment are held to celebrate Christmas in July, the Melbourne Cup, Christmas, Australia Day, Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day and large concerts and theatrical events are also organised on an occasional basis.

Facilities were upgraded earlier this year to create a dedicated computer room, activity room, alfresco dining area and the volunteer-run Giardino Cafe on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Podiatry, reflexology, hearing and hairdressing services are also available.

The “Be Surprised” campaign targeting baby boomers has also been launched, emphasising the array of younger-style activities.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the City had worked closely with representatives from local seniors groups on the centre to ensure it reflected their physical, mental and social needs.

“The Cockburn Seniors Centre has a focus on providing a healthy lifestyle to maintain mind, body and soul,” he said.

“It promotes independence, good health and community connection for the City’s multicultural population of seniors, which is in keeping with the council’s age-friendly strategic plan.
“After identifying a need for a seniors centre in 2004, the City developed a five-year capital works program to upgrade an existing facility that would become a hub for seniors’ social and recreational activities.

“The consultation process led to the development of the Regional Seniors Group, which became the driving force behind the realisation of the centre.”

The Cockburn Seniors Centre was designed by Holton Connor Architects and Planners and built by Robinson Buildtech.

“The City of Cockburn has a history of serving the needs of local people in the wider community, particularly the needs of people aged 50 and above,” Mayor Howlett said.

“We wanted to ensure they felt valued and respected for their knowledge, life experiences, skills, stories, history, creativity and wisdom and the Cockburn Seniors Centre was designed to do exactly that – and also gives them an opportunity to enjoy themselves.”

Open from 9am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday, the Cockburn Seniors Centre is at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood (next to the City of Cockburn administration building), and can be contacted on (08) 9411 3877 or [email protected]

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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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