Former Wanneroo mayor Brian Cooper awarded OAM in Australia Day honours

Very proud: Brian Cooper, of Woodvale. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490334
Very proud: Brian Cooper, of Woodvale. Picture: Martin Kennealey d490334

A THREE-term mayor of the former City of Wanneroo has been awarded an OAM.

Brian Cooper, of Woodvale, was honoured for his service to the community of Wanneroo.

He was the last mayor of the former Wanneroo before it was split into two cities – Joondalup and Wanneroo.

“I was very surprised, considering I’m going to be 80 this year,” he said of the honour. “It makes you feel very proud. You see thousands of people do lots of things and you never expect to get anything yourself.”

He was thrilled with congratulatory messages on the morning of Australia Day, including one the former Liberal candidate received from Labor stalwart Graham Edwards.

Mr Cooper was involved in the Wanneroo Shire Council Aged Persons Trust as a board member and chairman for 17 years.

He was also recognised for his work with the Association of Independent Retirees, of which he was president from 2010 to 2014.

He is a life member of Wanneroo Rotary Club, serving as its president in the early 1980s.

He also has held the top leadership roles at the Marmion Probus Club and is a life member of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

His other achievements include:

-Board Member of Metropolitan Planning Council.
-Chairman of Wanneroo Economic Development Association (Joondalup Business Association).
-Former manager of Wanneroo Juniors Cricket Club.
-Patron and life member of Wanneroo Basketball Association.