The universally recognised red poppy symbol now adorns selected signs in the City of Cockburn where streets have been named in honour of individuals and families involved in war or peace-keeping efforts.
Red poppy stickers have been added to more than 100 Cockburn street signs named after a local person, family or other related war or peace-keeping activity or commemorative event.
Suburbs where streets have received the special stickers are Atwell, Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Cockburn Central, Coolbellup, Coogee, Hamilton Hill, Hammond Park, Henderson, Jandakot, Munster, North Coogee, South Lake, Spearwood, Success, Wattleup and Yangebup.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett, who successfully introduced the initiative to council for consideration last October, said he got the ball rolling after he was approached by local veteran Kevin Bovill.
“I was pleased to see the unanimous support of Council for this initiative within Cockburn,” Mayor Howlett said.
He said the system had been successfully adopted in parts of New Zealand.
“Photographs of New Zealand signs provided by Mr Bovill really paint a poignant picture of how they can capture the imagination of the community and inform who has served their country in war or peace keeping activities,” Mayor Howlett said.
“It would be amazing to see the poppies displayed on road signs across the State, across the Nation.”
The City has referred to a comprehensive list, provided by its Land Administration Unit, to identify local roads named in recognition of global conflicts involving Australia, with the highest priority given to specific families honoured for their efforts.
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