Cockburn: Red poppy stickers on street signs to honour soldiers


City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Vietnam veteran Kevin Bovill, of Success, at Jan Hammond Park with the street names. Picture: Nadia Ucich
City of Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Vietnam veteran Kevin Bovill, of Success, at Jan Hammond Park with the street names. Picture: Nadia Ucich

RED poppy stickers will adorn more than 100 street signs in the Cockburn area where the roads have been named in honour of individuals and families involved in war and peace-keeping efforts.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett introduced the initiative to council last October after he was approached by local veteran Kevin Bovill.

“I was pleased to see the unanimous support of council for this initiative in Cockburn,” Mr Howlett said.

Mr Bovill had a dig at the Geographical Place Names Committee, saying there were examples across the state of new street names bearing little reference to the significance of those people being honoured.

“This was to be repeated in Cockburn when a local group did the detailed research required to identify 14 indigenous soldiers of World War I from the Cockburn district,” he said.

“The council went ahead and named 14 streets after them.

“However, without anything to link the names to their service, the names might well have been a random selection from the Perth White Pages.”

He found a solution overseas in New Zealand.

“The Wellington City Council had undertaken a major project to identify all streets in the city named after persons of military significance and have the Anzac Poppy placed on all street signs bearing their names,” Mr Bovill said.

Mr Howlett said it would be amazing to see the poppies displayed on road signs 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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