‘Let’s do it together’ a hit

Cr Steven Portelli (second from left) during the discussions.
Cr Steven Portelli (second from left) during the discussions.

More than 60 East ward residents attended the Cockburn Youth Centre for one last Wednesday night.

The workshops aim to get the community inspired to take action at a local level.

Residents were given the floor to express their ideas ” and the results surprised.

While regular issues such as traffic, public transport and parking were raised, talk quickly turned to how people could make the difference.

One idea was to hold a sustainability festival. It could take on a pop-up concept with different aspects placed in various sites across the City.

Another was to improve street life by attracting small and distinctive cafes.

Cr Steven Portelli said it was important to get involved.

‘We need to get the information into Cockburn council about what people want,’ he said. ‘The squeaky wheel gets attention, so let us know.’

Cr Portelli, who was inspired to get active in his community by a similar workshop, said organisation was the key.

‘Speak with others in the community about your concerns or ideas and come to us as a group.’ he said.

‘When there are people with the same idea, with key stakeholders behind them, you’re forced to stand up and take notice.’

The West and Central ward workshop will be held at the Cockburn Seniors Centre on Wednesday night.