Spearwood pioneers could be recognised in new mural


Cockburn councillor Kevin Allen (centre) with Spearwood residents (from left) Len Glamuzina, Steve Srhoy, John Cunai and Tony Ravlich.
Cockburn councillor Kevin Allen (centre) with Spearwood residents (from left) Len Glamuzina, Steve Srhoy, John Cunai and Tony Ravlich.

HERITAGE walls recognising Spearwood pioneers could be built at the intersection of Spearwood Avenue and Rockingham Road.

The City of Cockburn will consider building two freestanding murals on both sides of Spearwood Avenue, west of the intersection.

$40,000 will be contributed to the project after councillor Kevin Allen called for its inclusion in the 2017-18 budget, prompted by residents.

With the City of Cockburn considering slowing traffic along Rockingham Road near Phoenix Shopping Centre, former Spearwood Community Association member John Cunai said the mural, first floated in 2015, could potentially act as one of two slow-down marking points.

Former Spearwood Community Association member Len Glamuzina was hopeful people with ties to the area’s rich heritage would contribute pictures that could be worked into the build.

“This will be a mural depicting the original settlers,” he said.

“It wasn’t just market gardening; there were pig, poultry and dairy farmers here and a quarry.”

Tony Ravlich, whose family established a market garden in the area in 1941, said it would be a great addition.

“I’ve said it all along, there should be something here marking the early pioneers,” he said.

“There were no houses, it was mostly farms and gardens.”

City of Cockburn parks and environment manager Anton Lees said the “project will need to be fully scoped, including community consultation”.

“As the project was post the construction of the 2017-18 parks and environment capital works program, it has now been added to the list with an anticipated delivery in June 2018,” he said.

The project will be independent of the City’s fencing replacement program on the western end of Spearwood Avenue.

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