THE new $800,000 Cockburn Seniors Centre has officially opened its doors with an open day, featuring numerous presentations, workshops, line dancing, tai chi and songs from the Inn Voices Choir.
Located at the former Civic Centre, next to the City of Cockburn’s administration building, it was officially launched by Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney and Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett on Friday.
Mayor Howlett said the City had worked closely with representatives from local seniors groups on the new 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 will promote 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,” he said.
“Australia has an ageing population with many people living longer and retiring earlier, which means there is a significant number of healthy and active older people who want to keep on contributing to community life while retaining their independence and respect.
“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.”
Designed by Holton Connor Architects and Planners and built by Robinson Buildtech, the Cockburn Seniors Centre will be home to a range of physically-active sessions, intellectually-stimulating workshops, leisure activities, arts, crafts, clubs, talks, healthy meals, outings and social events.
“The City of Cockburn has a history of serving the needs of local people in the wider community, particularly the needs of older people,” Mayor Howlett said.
“In a period of life when there is much to enjoy and experience, we want to challenge the myth that ageing means frailty and dependence.
“We know it can be a positive process, where individuals continue to experience and contribute towards society.
“We want to ensure they feel valued and respected for their knowledge, life experiences, skills, stories, history, creativity and wisdom and the Cockburn Seniors Centre is designed to do exactly that.”
Open from 9am to 4.30pm, activities already scheduled at the centre include tai chi, ballroom dancing lessons, line dancing, a scrabble club, movie afternoons, singalongs and lunch three times a week. There are also weekly outings and the centre is available for hire to community groups.
The Cockburn Seniors Centre can be contacted on (08) 9411 3877.
seniors centre-official launch.jpeg: City of Cockburn CEO Stephen Cain, Alan Carpenter MLA, Mayor Logan K Howlett, Kate Doust MLC, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Robyn McSweeney, Joe Francis MLA & Fran Logan MLA
seniorlaunch-cr val oliver & mayor.jpeg: City of Cockburn Cr Val Oliver and Mayor Logan K Howlett officially cut the ribbon for the new Cockburn Seniors Centre.
openday-mayor with jenny parker & myfanwy jones.jpeg: Mayor Logan K Howlett with Red Hat Society members Jenny Parker, of Cockburn, and Myfanwy Jones, of South Lake, at the seniors centre open day.
open day - mayor with red hat society members.jpeg: Mayor Logan K Howlett with Red Hat Society members Jenny Parker, of Cockburn, and Myfanwy Jones, of South Lake, at the seniors centre open day.
open day - kevin stook.jpeg: Volunteer bus driver Kevin Stook, of Coogee, help transport people to the open day.
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.
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