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Children's Reference Group - Our Journey (CRG)

Children's Reference Group 2012-2017

  • City of Cockburn has a wide array of reference groups which give feedback to the City on issues affecting them and others in the community.
  • One of the actions in the Children's Services Strategic Plan 2010-2015 is "Research and develop a Children's Reference Group that will liaise between the children in the Cockburn community and Council providing a voice for children and an avenue for meaningful participation and consultation."
  • As a result the City of Cockburn began calling for expressions of interest from primary school aged children for a Children's Reference Group in 2012 and promoting this across the City. The Children's Reference Group was launched in November 2012 with 16 primary school children aged 12 years and under.
  • In 2013 the CRG were taken for a tour around the council offices and were introduced to the mayor. They also talked about what they wanted in Cockburn (took photos of what they liked and did not like during the school holidays) and designed a t-shirt and a banner. They also took part in running a stall at a Schools Market at Phoenix Shopping Centre.
  • Activities in 2014 included involvement in the planning of Bibra Lake Playground, designing icons for family map, visiting the Subi Kids Crew (City of Subiaco) and attending the Spring Fair where they ran a children's game and promoted their group.  
  • In 2015 the CRG did a range of activities including conducting a survey of what children in Cockburn want at the Coogee Beach Party, attending Aboriginal cultural awareness training and public speaking/confidence building training and running a Children's Fiesta.

The CRG in 2016

  • In February/March the CRG provided input for a variety of City documents, including the new Children and Families Strategic Plan.
  • As part of this consultation, an art competition was held for Cockburn children 4-12 years. Children were asked what the City of Cockburn would be like if it was the perfect place for children. The CRG judged the competition and prizes were awarded to 9 children (see photo to the right of 6 of the children).
  • The CRG was also involved in running a stall at the Spring Fair in October with a variety of activities, teaching leadership skills and how to run an event.
  • The CRG was also involved in the launch of the new Bibra Lake Playground, as some of them had been involved in the original consultation for this.











Listen to what CRG members, Mayor Logan Howlett and parents have to say about the Childrens Reference Group.

Documents for Download

Parent Fact Sheet

Children's Action Summary Plan 2012

Children and Families Strategy 2016-2021

Children Services Pages

Children Services HOME


Art competition winners from Hammond Park Primary school in 2016

 Mayor Logan Howlett shows the CRG the council chambers.

Mayor Logan Howlett shows the CRG the council chambers in 2013