Wednesday, July 6th, 2011
ALMOST 19 per cent of Cockburn residents have a disability – and the City of Cockburn is addressing this by coordinating the You’re Welcome project, officially launched on Tuesday (July 5).

A Disability Services Commission initiative, the project aims to give clear information about access to local facilities and amenities to people of all ages living in or visiting Cockburn.

It also encourages businesses and community organisations to make their services more accessible.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the City was committed to making sure all people could enjoy the numerous venues, activities and events on offer locally in a meaningful and inclusive manner.

“The City of Cockburn does a great job at providing access for people with disabilities, as well as their families,” he said.

“But it’s also important for people to be aware of what access is available so they can plan trips and know exactly what locations and facilities are accessible within the City.

“Whether it’s a picnic or coming along to one of our free community concerts, this information is of enormous help,”

People with disabilities can gain details from, a searchable database with photos and information on businesses and facilities accessible to them.

More than 2400 facilities have been listed on the website with more added each day.

Disability Reference Group member Richard Hill said the You’re Welcome website gave people with disabilities the power to make their own decisions about when and how they went to different places.

“If you come to a building that doesn’t have easy access for people with disabilities, it’s similar to having a moat around the premises,” he said.

“Cockburn is very progressive in its disability awareness and the reference group allows people to voice concerns and make a difference, allowing people with disabilities to have a normal life.”

Local businesses received a certificate of thanks for their involvement in the You’re Welcome project at the launch, including the Cockburn Dental Clinic, Cockburn Seniors Centre, Cockburn Libraries, Cockburn Ice Arena, Cafe Nocello, Storage King Bibra Lake, Lakeside Recreation Centre, Lakeside Baptist Church, Cockburn Bowling Club and Woodman Point Recreation Centre.

Mayor 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 City’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan has 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,” he said.

Cafe Nocello’s Peter Oldham, Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett, disability advocate Richard Hill and Disability Services Commission Local Area Coordinator South Helen Nys at the You’re Welcome launch.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, 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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