Cockburn named Perth’s most inclusive council

(L-R) Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett with Bizlink's Steve Mangan.
(L-R) Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett with Bizlink's Steve Mangan.

THE City of Cockburn has re-affirmed its status as Perth’s most inclusive and accessible local government.

Cockburn was named Most Accessible Community in Western Australia in the metropolitan council category at the WA Local Government Convention for the second consecutive year.

They won the award in partnership with non-profit disability employment service Bizlink, who have worked with the City to improve the lives of locals living with a disability.

Bizlink site manager Steve Mangan said Cockburn led the way in their efforts to promote inclusivity within the workforce.

“Local and state governments, departments and public sectors have to report every on their percentages of persons who identify as having a disability employed within those different sectors,” he said.

“The percentage imposed is 2.3 per cent, but Cockburn is sitting at about 7.8 per cent.”

Mr Mangan said it was not just the employment sector the City excelled at and pointed out their work within the community was also positive.

“It’s things like making sure the pads park benches are on are wide enough so people in wheelchairs can wheel themselves up to the bench, get out comfortably, or making sure the bench is connected to a footpath so they don’t have to go off-road, so to speak.”

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