Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
It's been six years in the making - and a project to build residential accommodation for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Hamilton Hill has received an official blessing, after the City of Cockburn donated the necessary land.

About 1100 square metres of reserve land near Cockburn Community Care, the City's aged and disability service, has been allocated for the project, originally proposed by the Disability Advisory Committee in 2003.

Reverend Sealin Garlett gave the site a "karie wongin" - a Nyoongar word meaning special blessing of the land.

The City of Cockburn will work in partnership with the MS Society to share ideas and facilities to progress the project.

City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the collaboration would be mutually beneficial, improving services for people with multiple sclerosis in Cockburn and its surrounds.

"When completed, the whole project will resemble a small village, contained within a pleasant setting," he said.

"Within this framework, quality residential options will be provided with the necessary care managed and coordinated through the MS Society."

MS Society Chief Executive Officer WA Marcus Stafford added: "This facility will give residents the benefit of full-time, dignified healthcare within the privacy of their own homes.

"The future also looks exciting - the continued partnership between the City of Cockburn, State Government and the MS Society will also deliver a much needed, new respite home to the area."

Disability Reference Group member Dennis Hull, City of Cockburn Manager Human Services Jill Zumach, MS Society WA CEO Marcus Stafford and MS Society General Manager Member Services Sue Shapland at the project site, officially blessed by Reverend Sealin Garlett (centre).

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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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