Elected Members

The City of Cockburn has one Mayor and nine Councillors who represent three wards - East, West and Central. The Mayor and Councillors in Cockburn are elected for four year terms. You can contact the Mayor or one of your local ward Councillors to discuss any matters relevant to your ward.

Mayor Logan K Howlett JP

Mayor Howlett's Biography

Logan was popularly elected as Mayor at the March 2009 extraordinary local government election and again in October 2009 and 2013.

Logan and his wife Pat have lived in Cockburn for over 40 years. They have volunteered in the community for most of that time and believe in engaging with and serving the ratepayers and residents in the true Cockburn tradition. They are passionate about Cockburn, its people, its history, cultural diversity and its future as a place where dreams can be realised.

The mayoral role involves Logan and Pat being out and about seven days a week and most nights as they seek to ensure their commitment to the community is maintained, enhanced and focused on achieving great outcomes for a growing community. In their opinion, there is no greater contribution one can make than to serving their community with the values of trust, respect, honesty, integrity, personal engagement wherever possible, and inclusiveness, being priorities.

There are so many great things happening across Cockburn.  As opportunities unfold I will continue to work to ensure Cockburn continues as a leader in service delivery and that those special places within our neighbourhoods that makes us proud to call Cockburn our home, our place of work and/or small business ownership continue to be enhanced.  It is about people and their interaction  with each other that builds resilience, sustainability and peace of mind.

Logan is a Justice of the Peace, Fellow of the Australian College of Health Service Executives, has proven executive level experience, represented Industry and small business at state and national levels and previously served nine years as a councillor (1990 to 1999).


Term Ends October 2017
Address PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake WA 6965
Mobile 0407 337 650
Phone 08 9411 3420 (office direct)
Fax 08 9411 3333
Email Lkhowlett@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Mayor Howlett's Committees and Memberships

Council – Mayor & Presiding Member
Council - Internal Committees

  • Audit and Strategic Finance Committee.

  • Chief Executive Officer & Senior Key Projects Appraisal Committee.

  • Grants & Donations Committee.

  • Local Emergency Management Committee.

  • Delegated Authorities, Policies & Position Statement Committee.

Council Reference & Other Groups

  • Cockburn Central West Reference Group.

  • Cockburn Children’s Reference Group.

  • Phoenix Working Group.

  • Cockburn Sister City Reference Group.

  • Road Safety & TravelSmart Reference Group.

  • Cockburn Bowling & Recreation Club Reference Group.

Membership of External Committees to Council – Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)

  • WALGA - State Councillor.

  • WALGA - Mayors & Presidents Forum.

  • WALGA - South West Metropolitan Zone (Deputy Chair).

  • WALGA - Municipal Waste Advisory Council.

  • WALGA - Environment and Waste Policy Team.

  • WALGA - State Road Funds to Local Government Advisory Committee.

  • WALGA - WA Black Spot Consultative Panel.

  • WALGA - South West Metropolitan Regional Road Group.

  • WALGA - Verge Collection Working Group.

  • WALGA - Georgraphic Names Committee - Metropolitan Local Government Representative.

Membership of External Committees to Council – Local Government - Other

  • South West Group Board.

  • Councils for Democracy.

  • Southern Corridor Alliance.

  • Perth Airports Municipalities Group Inc.

  • South West Metropolitan Partnership Forum.

  • Joint Commissioning Committee of the Connecting Community for Kids initiative.

  • Cockburn Coast Steering Committee.

  • Cockburn Coast Community Liaison Committee.

  • Cockburn Central Youth Care Committee.

  • Mayors for Peace.

  • Sister Cities Australia.

  • Australian Local Government Women’s Association Inc. (WA)

  • National Growth Areas Alliance.

Membership of External Groups – Education

  • South Lake Primary School Board of Management.

  • Southwell Primary School Board of Management.

  • Fremantle College Advisory Group.

Membership of External Groups - Other

  • Australian Communities Foundation - Impact 100 WA.

  • Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc.

  • Royal Western Australian Historical Society Inc. – Affiliates Committee.

  • Historical Society of Cockburn Inc.

  • City of Cockburn RSL Sub –Branch Inc.

  • Boer War Association Inc.

  • Friends of the War Memorial, Canberra.

  • Placenames Australia.

  • Friends of the Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre Inc.

  • Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre Trust Fund.

  • Friends of Woodman Point Inc.

  • National Trust of Australia.

  • Lions Club of Atwell Inc. (Charter Member).

  • Maori Women’s Welfare League Inc.

  • Birdlife Australia Inc.

  • Birdlife Western Australia Inc.

  • Cockburn Seniors Centre.

  • Spearwood Dalmatinac Sport & Community Club Inc. 

  • Cockburn Power Boats Association Inc. 

Patron Positions

  • City of Cockburn RSL Sub-Branch (Co-Patron).

  • Rotary Club of Cockburn Inc.

  • Jervoise Bay Sailing Club Inc.

  • Cockburn Power Boats Association Inc.

  • Cockburn Junior Football Club Inc.

  • Cockburn Junior Cricket Club Inc. (Co-Patron).

  • Cockburn Community Men’s Shed Inc.

Cockburn Councillors

The City’s Councillors are elected for four year terms.

The City of Cockburn is divided into three wards – West, Central and East and three Councillors represent each Ward. Please see Our People and Suburbs for more information on which suburbs are in which ward and City demographics in Cockburn.

You are encouraged to contact any or all of your ward Councillors to discuss issues regarding your ward.

East Ward Councillors

Cr Steven Portelli

Residing in Atwell for 11 years and now Aubin Grove the past year; I'm Chair of the Atwell College Board (past six years), Suburb Manager for Atwell Neighbourhood Watch (past 12 years) and President/Secretary of the Atwell Community Association (Member for 11 years).

Past 16 years with a major residential builder doing Sales and Design. I have four daughters ranging from 14 to 24 all living in Atwell. My partner; Sharon and I reside in the lovely Harvest Lakes Estate of Aubin Grove.

I spent 15 years (1980 till 1995) with the Coles Myer Group as a Manager in Kmart division as an Administration/ Personal Services/ Cash and Security. I worked in various stores from Kwinana/Rockingham to Port Hedland.

I'm passionate about making our City an even better place to live; to pace development with road management. Too long we have been playing catch up with road congestion. I am enthused by our dedicated staff and officers and I hope to make a difference, be it only one per cent better, I will always strive to make it better.

Term ends 2019
Mobile 0409 661 464
Email SPortelli@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Cr Chamonix Terblanche

Chamonix’s widespread interdisciplinary background of information systems, policy development, business and education has landed her high profile national positions such as the President of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) and the Australian Governments Australian Awards for University Teaching Committee and Australian Qualifications Frameworks International Alignment Committee memberships. 
Chamonix also served as an elected member of Curtin's University Council, as the President of their Postgraduate Student Association and held membership of a number of other Curtin University committees including its Academic Board.
Presently Chamonix is the Managing Director of a Real Estate Agency, and most recently prior to this, served as Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor for Senators in Australia's Federal Parliament. Prior to embarking on a political and legislative career, Chamonix worked in industry for a number of years, most notably for the following employers: a peak representative body working closely with government; a higher education provider and a software engineering company. As a result, Chamonix is highly skilled in, among others: policy formation; conceptual and workflow modelling; analysing business needs; scoping business improvements; researching, designing and implementing state-of-the-art software solutions; rapidly adapting to changing environments; executive level governance; developing strategic organisational plans; drafting complex manuals and policies; training and evaluating learning; and liaising with stakeholders on all levels of an organisation, the media and with government officials (including state and federal ministers).
Chamonix has a dream and vision for the City of Cockburn to be a Connected City and as such she actively works towards achieving this. She has her own website and Facebook page dedicated to this cause and would encourage anyone interested to learn more about her vision to visit these pages and follow her on her quest!

Term ends 2019
Mobile 0404 696 306
Email cterblanche@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Cr Lee-Anne Smith OAM
Term ends October 2017
Mobile 0497 953 153
Email lsmith@cockburn.wa.gov.au

West Ward Councillors

Cr Kevin Allen

Kevin, along with his wife Debbie and their family, has been a resident of Cockburn for over 25 years.

In addition to serving as a West Ward Councillor, Kevin is employed in private industry as a state manager and owner of an overseas business.

Before being elected to Council in 2000, Kevin was active in community issues, as the President of the Coogee Beach Progress Association and a community representative on the State Government's Coogee Master Plan committee.

Term ends October 2017
Mobile 0419 901 735
Email kallen@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes
Term ends 2019
Address PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake, WA 6965
Mobile 0404 111 526
Email creevefowkes@cockburn.wa.gov.au
Cr Lyndsey Sweetman

I have lived in Spearwood for more than 25 years, recently building my first home here with my husband Nic.

Formerly a journalist, I now work in the tertiary education sector in a strategic communications role. 

I am passionate about preserving Cockburn's rich heritage, finding better transport solutions to ease congestion and am focused on the sustainable development of our great City for the benefit of the community.

In the evenings and on the weekend you will find me at a community meeting or event, enjoying the produce at one of our City's excellent establishments, exercising or spending time with family.

I feel honoured to have been elected to Council by the residents of West Ward and I am enjoying working with and representing our fantastic and diverse community during this significant period of growth and change.

Murdoch University - Bachelor of Mass Communication (Journalism and English)

Internal Communications Officer, Curtin University
Council Committee and Reference Groups
Delegated Authorities, Policies & Position Statements Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Cockburn Central West Reference Group
CEO Performance & Senior Staff Key Projects Appraisal Committee Meeting

Term ends October 2017
Mobile 0430 145 543
Email lsweetman@cockburn.wa.gov.au
Twitter @LyndseySweetman

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Central Ward Councillors

Cr Stephen Pratt

I have lived in Coolbellup for the past several years, where my wife Elena and I built our first home.

I am actively involved in a number of community groups including the Coolbellup Community Association, CoobyNow, and the Cockburn Rotary Club.

I am passionate about preserving the natural environment that the City of Cockburn suburbs are blessed with while also ensuring communities have access to the best possible facilities.

The City of Cockburn is a great place to live and is growing rapidly. I was very proud to be elected as Councillor in 2011 and am enjoying the experience of working in Local Government.

I look forward to representing local residents for the duration of my term through this exciting period of growth and change.

Term ends 2019
Mobile 0400 575 007
Email spratt@cockburn.wa.gov.au
Facebook www.facebook.com/CrStephenPratt

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Cr Philip Eva JP

I have lived in Cockburn for the last 23 years having moved to Australia from Cornwall after meeting my wife Michele while working as a freight manager for a local shipping company.

On arriving in WA we lived in Fremantle and then moved to Cockburn where I ran a small business.
For the last 9 years I've been working as an Electorate Officer for the Member for Cockburn. I’m also a proud member of the Royal Association of Justices having been a JP for the last 8 years.
I have always had a passion for the community serving as a past P & C President of Newton Primary School and now currently on the School Board.  Also an ex member and ex director of Cockburn Rotary.
Currently serving as an active member of several Community groups and Clubs; Yangebup Progress Association, Bibra Lake Residents Association, Friends of the Community, Dalmatinacs Club, Coolbellup Sporting Association and the Woodman’s Points CRG and Beeliar Residents Association Group.
Being a Councillor I'm on several Council committees including; Grants and Donations, Audit Finance and Strategic Committee, Chief Executive Officers & Senior Key Projects Appraisal Committee, Delegated Authorities, Policies & Position Statements Committee, South West Reference Group, Jandakot Regional Park Community Advisory Committee, Cockburn Wetlands Education Centre (Inc.) Community Safety & Crime Prevention Reference Group, Cultural Reference Group.
I have a very strong passion for the environment and in making Cockburn a sustainable and progressive but without destroying the natural beauty of this wonderful place.

In my spare time I love gardening, fishing, the gym, and of course the Fremantle Dockers.

Term ends October 2017
Mobile 0410 274 000
Email peva@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Cr Bart Houwen

It is a special privilege to be a councillor of the City of Cockburn.

I work and live in the Central Ward and feel I understand the aspirations and everyday pressures of local people in our area.

My promise is to deliver a strong voice on council for all ratepayers and join the fight against anti-social behaviour and the protection of our natural environment.

In the past 15 years I have been in Cockburn managing my own small business and being active in local community groups like Com-Net and the Beeliar Regional Park Community Advisory Committee.

As a longstanding member of the Cockburn Sound Management Council and a director of a Bendigo Bank Community Branch, I work with many community groups including an economic development working group for our region.

Term ends October 2017
Mobile 0417 115 210
Email bhouwen@cockburn.wa.gov.au

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Related Documents

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City of Cockburn Ward Boundaries effective 2017 PDF document



9 Coleville Crescent,
Spearwood 6163

Po Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC,
Western Australia, 6965

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