City of Cockburn celebrates 40th year

Cockburn Library in 1976. Photo: City of Cockburn.
Cockburn Library in 1976. Photo: City of Cockburn.

FOUR decades ago, Cockburn was not what it is today.

Residential estates in eastern suburbs such as Hammond Park, Aubin Grove and Success were non-existent, the Kwinana Freeway didn’t extend passed Canning Highway and the population was just 30,000.

October 1979 also marked Cockburn’s graduation from a shire into a city and 2019 will provide many opportunities to go down memory lane as the City of Cockburn celebrates its 40th birthday.

Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett said much had happened in the area’s history, and a new website was launched in February to celebrate that past.

He said the website was the first in a number of events and commemorations through 2019 that would mark the 40th anniversary milestone.

“Forty years ago in 1979, Cockburn was on the cusp of a wonderful coming of age,” he said.

“We have seen amazing changes during that time, the population has grown to 110,000 and the infrastructure has grown with it including more recent projects like Cockburn ARC, Cockburn Health and Community facility and Coogee Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

“It is an exciting time to be 40 and I encourage the community to celebrate how far we’ve come by getting involved in their neighbourhood by making new friends and volunteering time to help our City reach its full potential.”

Visit history.cockburn.wa.gov.au for more information.