City of Cockburn Mobile Alabama

The giant blue cardinal marker that signifies the relationship between City of Cockburn and Mobile in Alabama.
The giant blue cardinal marker that signifies the relationship between City of Cockburn and Mobile in Alabama.

IF you have ever travelled down Spearwood Avenue, there is a good chance you have noticed a range of signs, art pieces and flora.

In 2007 the City of Cockburn’s Sister City Committee resolved to dedicate the length of Spearwood Avenue as a “Friendship Way”, with the road split into six sections.

Each section is dedicated to the City’s relationships with its own community and communities around the world.

The Gazette has taken a look at the different sections of Spearwood Avenue, which opens at Cockburn Road in North Coogee and runs through to Beeliar Drive in Yangebup.

After opening with Split in Croatia last week, we have moved on to Mobile in Alabama.

Mobile became an official sister city in 2005, with the move seen as a natural one with both cities located on the coast and both having strong ties to the ship building industry.

The section of Spearwood Avenue tied to this partnership runs from Cockburn Road to Hamilton Road.

In 2010 a major artwork, a giant blue cardinal marker, was installed.

“As a piece of maritime hardware, its task is to symbolically indicate a safe passage,” Mayor Logan Howlett said.

“In this case it represents a ‘pass to the south passage that can be taken to represent the actual or imagined passage needed to link Mobile with Cockburn.”