Message from the Mayor

20 May – Thank you to all of our volunteers

Hear from Mayor Logan K. Howlett, JP talk about National Volunteer Week and the importance of our local volunteers, Cockburn’s reopening roadmap and WOW Day, celebrating our Emergency Service volunteers.

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15 May - Cockburn is reopening

Hear from His Worship Mayor Logan K Howlett, JP on what’s reopening in Cockburn and when.


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24 April  - ANZAC Day address to our community

Good morning one and all.
 
I would normally have delivered this address at the Dawn Service organised by the RSL City of Cockburn Sub-Branch at the Hamilton Hill Memorial.  Each year thousands of people find their way through the darkness to this sombre location; a place of reflection and the sharing of a story or two.
 
Given the impact of the COVID – 19 Pandemic we are all at home.  Many of us have taken the opportunity to stand in our driveways, torches in hand, to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, to acknowledge those who returned home from those wars, many carrying physical and mental scars, and to acknowledge the serving men and women of the Australian Defence Force.
 
This morning I want to take you on a journey back to a Commonwealth War Grave site in Europe where red poppies dominated the landscape. They swayed gracefully in the soft summer breeze that drifted in from the nearby coast. Crops grew in the fields and low grasses stretched off into the distance. Old wooden fences and gateways helped define the fields while narrow roadways and white chalky paths weaved their way through them – pointing out the way to travellers. It is a landscape that forever holds memories of times past.
 
My wife Patricia and I stood silently at a gateway, the soft summer breeze cooling our faces as we took in the fullness of the surrounding sounds. Birds chirping and the squeak of a bicycle that had seen better days caught our attention. The sounds of children playing at a school in the distance sent a smile through our hearts, their carefree laughing and energetic excitement a symbol of the freedom we enjoy today.
 
We swung the old wooden gate open and stepped onto the chalky path that wound its way through the brilliant white headstones standing before us. The manicured lawns and flowers formed a protective arm around the inside of the cemetery’s stonewalls and seemed to reach out to each and every headstone, like mates reaching out for each other.  
 
In military parlance, each headstone seemed to be standing at ‘attention’, proud and strong in perfect formation. Row-by-row they stood, their names, ranks, battalions and dates of birth and death emblazoned for all to see. Australians, British, Canadians and New Zealanders stood as one. We walked each row, stopping to look at the name of each fallen hero – someone’s family member buried in a land that consumed young men and held them in its grasp forever. We said a silent prayer for each of them.
         
Our thoughts were suddenly broken by the sounds of muffled footsteps and that squeak, squeak that we had heard earlier. We looked up to see a man wheeling his bicycle, laden with working implements, towards a small shed on the far side of the cemetery. He waved and smiled as he passed by on the chalky path. He was a relatively short man with a dark tweed coat, long-sleeved blue check shirt, dark cotton trousers and black leather work boots. He was stooped over, with both hands on the handlebars as he steered his bicycle through the pathways to his shed. A beret adorned his head, and a bushy moustache and rough beard completed the picture.
 
Later, he talked to us in broken English and we learnt that he was the caretaker. We conveyed through a warm handshake our heartfelt thanks for the high standard to which the cemetery had been maintained. We knew that every family would be proud to know that their ‘boys’ were in such good hands. And so it was that we left that cemetery with cherished memories of those who gave their life for King and country.
 
Whether it be a pristine white headstone, a simple wooden cross as in the case of Nurse Williams buried at Woodman Point, a stone obelisk such as that marking the grave of Sister O’Kane, also at Woodman Point or an unmarked or unknown gravesite we know that the ANZAC spirit remains as strong as, if not stronger, than that created by those ANZACS who landed on the beaches of Gallipoli so long ago.

As you reflect on what ANZAC Day means to you, I urge you to think of the brave and gallant efforts of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice and for those who brought back the wounds of war; some visible and some not so visible. I urge you to think of the young men and women serving in theatres of war and peace keeping efforts in far distant lands, away from home, away from family and friends, fighting for our freedom and that of others, most of whom we will never know or meet.

Think of those red poppies swaying in the soft breeze, of the children playing in the field, of the freedom we enjoy today – that is what our ANZAC’S laid down their lives for.
 
Lest we forget!

21 April

Hello again,
 
We’re all looking out for each other at this time, which is why the City has set up a telephone helpline. Call 9411 3319 if you, or someone you know, needs help as we steady ourselves and adjust to a new way of life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
If you are a vulnerable member of our community, you can call 9411 3319 Monday to Friday during office hours. Or you can fill in a form anytime on the City’s website and one of our staff will respond as soon as they can by giving you a call or replying by email.
 
Remember, while Western Australia’s situation appears to improve each day, it is vital that we all continue to help each other to stay safe at home until this storm has passed, however long that takes.
 
Thank you

His Worship the Mayor
Logan K Howlett JP

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15 April

The City has set-up its new Cockburn COVID-19 helpline for those who need help accessing support and essential local services during these challenging times. If you know someone who is vulnerable, or needs assistance, please let them know about this service. They can also fill in our online help form if they feel more comfortable doing so. We also have many services still operating to help our community, so please find out more by visiting our COVID-19 web page.

9 April

Hello everyone

A quick message to wish you a happy Easter and an important reminder to stay safely at home this long weekend.
 
The City has closed some of its beach carparks this weekend and we ask that, unless a beach or park is within walking distance of your home, that you don’t drive anywhere to exercise, but perhaps enjoy a quick walk in your own neighbourhood. Remember to practice Physical Distancing as we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
I wish you a peaceful weekend with your family.

His Worship the Mayor
Logan K Howlett JP

6 April

Hello to everyone

I convey the best wishes of our Elected Members and staff to each of you. As we know the updates to the COVID-19 pandemic are changing by the day with messages coming from our Federal and State Governments and the health authorities.

The key message for a large number of us is to stay home wherever possible with exceptions to shopping, seeing your doctor or pharmacist. Of course we know that many of you are still working given your role as front line emergency service staff and those where their services are still required by their employer. We acknowledge and thank all those people who continue to work thus allowing our economy to ‘tick over’ while the pandemic is seemingly all around us.

We have been advised by the health authorities that social distancing or physical distancing ie 1.5 metres between a person that you may pass and yourself are of extreme importance. 

Keeping in touch with family and friends by telephone or other electronic ensures we are maintaining those close relationships whether they be just around the corner, in another nearby suburb or another place across the seas. Hugs, cuddles and kisses can be saved for later, as we send our love across the super highway - a virtual world that our grandparents could only dream of when they were children.

So stay safe, stay well and keep in touch with loved ones and friends. Our family teddy (Doddy) says hello to all his friends out there, wherever they might be ‘hiding’.  So if you have children or grandchildren bring this to their attention please, and remember to post your #PutYourBearsOut photos online.

His Worship the Mayor
Logan K Howlett JP
 

27 March

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