Tuesday, August 18th, 2009
ALMOST 19 per cent of Cockburn residents have a disability – and the City of Cockburn is committed to going beyond legislative requirements to assist residents with disabilities in any way it can in a bid to make their lives easier.

The City recently extended a footpath on Cobia Terrace in Yangebup so local resident Raymond Myer could access his bus stop and local area in his wheelchair.

A kerb ramp was also installed for a Success resident who needed wheelchair access from her property.

City of Cockburn Disability Access and Inclusion Officer Paul Gabbert said people with disabilities had the right to be respected for their human worth and dignity.

“People with disabilities have the same human rights as other people in the community and at the City of Cockburn we try very hard to cater for their needs so they are able to access facilities and participate in activities,” he said.

“Simple steps, such as the City constructing a path, can make a massive improvement to a person’s quality of life and the City tries very hard to make that happen.”

It is a requirement of Disability Services Act 1993 that all local governments have a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

The City of Cockburn’s plan lists strategies to ensure people with disabilities have the same opportunities to access all services provided by the council, so they are included like other community members.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the City had come a long way in providing access and facilities to people with disabilities and would continue to be pro-active in terms of meeting the community’s needs.

“The recent installation of the Liberty Swing in Manning Park, in partnership with Variety WA, was another example of how Cockburn is meeting the needs of those who have an impairment and how by ensuring their inclusion, the community grows as one.”

access1-2.jpeg: City of Cockburn Disability Access and Inclusion Officer Paul Gabbert with Yangebup resident Raymond Myer on the new footpath, giving him access to a nearby bus stop.

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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
P: (08) 9411 3551
W: www.cockburn.wa.gov.au


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