Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
The City of Cockburn is lending a helping hand to SMP Fremantle lifeskills2work (formerly known as South Metropolitan Personnel) by leasing a Hamilton Hill house to the group at a peppercorn rent.

SMP Fremantle lifeskills2work is a not-for-profit organisation providing an alternatives to employment program, as well as employment services in the south metropolitan region.

Nineteen clients using the service are currently employed through the City of Cockburn.

City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the house would be used for people with disabilities to provide activities and programs to help them gain the necessary skills to participate in the wider community.

"The City of Cockburn has a very positive, long-standing relationship with SMP Fremantle lifeskills2work," he said.

"The house is currently being renovated by community businesses to meet the needs of the people that will be using it - Bunnings, Coats Hire, Pioneer Cottages, TMS Plumbing and Gas and SMP Fremantle are all generously supplying the equipment, materials and labour.

"It's a wonderful example of community spirit with everyone coming together to build and grow a service that will assist an important sector of society in a positive manner."

Mayor Howlett recently visited the house to meet with workers and discuss future plans. The house is scheduled to be completed within the next few months.

Bibra Lake Bunnings store manager Jeff Stevens with City of Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett during a visit to the house, currently being renovated.

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City of Cockburn

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
P: (08) 9411 3551


People with disabilities gain assistance with home at low rent


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