Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
ARE you ready to spin a yarn, tell a tale or share a story or two?

Seniors will soon be able to share various chapters of their lives, after the Cockburn Seniors Centre scored a $7500 grant to help fund a heritage storytelling project.

Known as Tales of Times Past, it encourages seniors to come together and take a journey down memory lane by sharing their stories.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the program is an opportunity to foster community oral history while forging bonds between different generations and cultures.

“Tales of Times Past is a chance for seniors to meet others, recall moments from their lives and share their own unique stories,” he said.

“In the past 100 years, we have seen more changes in the history of humankind than any other – and, along the way, our seniors have had a ringside seat.

“They’ve witnessed many changes in the environment, society and the extraordinary degree of change in technology, where the Coolgardie safe and hand-drawn wringer were once considered high-tech.

“Bread, meat and ice were delivered by horse and cart and world and local events really shaped communities.

“These stories are a rich source of oral history and this program also creates an opportunity to re-tell these stories, in an educational and entertaining fashion for local schools and libraries.”

Since its inception in 1995, more than 750 senior storytellers have taken part, along with more than 75,000 students, teachers, parents and members of the public.

“Everyone has a story to tell and seniors living within the City of Cockburn would have a particularly rich collection of tales to share with everyone,” Mayor Howlett said.

“The project ties in with some of the objectives in the City of Cockburn Age-Friendly Strategic Plan, which are to develop a group of senior storytellers available to the Cockburn community as a heritage resource.”

South Metropolitan MLC Nick Goiran presented the City of Cockburn with the $7500 age-friendly communities local government project implementation grant at the Cockburn Seniors Centre yesterday (August 22).

It is expected there will be spin-off projects, including programs for indigenous and culturally and linguistically diverse seniors and support to record stories in writing and on video.

Seniors interested in becoming involved in Tales of Times Past should call (08) 9411 3870.

Cockburn Seniors Centre bookings officer Lisa Zumach, Florence Knight, Southern Metropolitan MLC Nick Goiran, Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett, bookings officer Coral Wickham and James Sherman share memories and milestones.

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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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