Friday, August 7th, 2009
SCHOOLCHILDREN from across the City of Cockburn came together this week to plant trees for Hiroshima Day, remembering those devastated by the first atomic bomb in 1945.

The tree-planting highlighted the rejuvenation of Hiroshima over the past 64 years and was followed by the release of white balloons into the air, with Japanese Consul-General Torao Sato and Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen, as a symbol of peace.

Cr Allen said Hiroshima Day was an important annual occasion for the City of Cockburn, teaching students about a world-changing historical event and the need for building a sustainable future.

“On August 6, 1945, the city of Hiroshima was devastated by an atomic bomb, the first ever used in warfare,” he said.

“It’s estimated that between 70,000 and 100,000 people were killed instantly and many people later died from the horrifying effects of atomic radiation. It's an event that I would never like to see repeated.

“Hiroshima Day is an opportunity for students to see and understand the difference they can make in the world by living a peaceful life and seeking peaceful outcomes.

“They also learn about protecting the environment and making a valuable contribution to our community through planting trees.”

Hiroshima was declared an international shrine of peace in 1949.

hiroshima1.jpg: Students from numerous City of Cockburn schools with Japanese Consul-General Torao Sato and Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen releasing balloons into the air to mark Hiroshima Day

hiroshima2.jpg: Atwell Primary School deputy principal Tom Jones, Japanese Consul-General Torao Sato, Cockburn Deputy Mayor Kevin Allen with Atwell Primary students Amy Richards and Travis Lewis planting trees for Hiroshima Day.

hiroshima3.jpg: Yangebup Primary School students Anne Sue Mugwara and Jordan Breen planting a tree for Hiroshima Day.

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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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