What made the news in Cockburn – 3-10 January, 2020
City of Cockburn 10 Jan 2020
Friday, 10 January: Two bushfires caused havoc in Atwell and Success on Friday afternoon, causing the evacuation of homes and Gateway City Shopping Centre, and the closure of Kwinana Freeway to road and rail traffic. opens in a new window The fire was reported at 2.06pm and downgraded to an Advice level around 3.30pm.   

Thursday, 9 January: The City of Cockburn donates to interstate fire appeals. opens in a new window Under the conditions of the City’s Emergency Relief Fund, a Delegate Officer in consultation with the Mayor, can award a donation of up to $15,000 to relevant relief funds without the need to ratify the donation at a Council meeting. opens in a new window

The City of Cockburn’s submission to the State Government’s Climate Health Inquiry rated a mention in The West Australian in an Opinion piece called WA takes lead on climate. The paper’s state political editor Peter Law, wrote: The City of Cockburn is drawing up a 10-year climate change mitigation strategy to transition towards electricity from renewable resources in its facilities, looking at establishing micro grids, rolling out energy efficient street lighting, buying hybrid vehicles and investigating the feasibility of a renewable energy park on capped landfill cells. The council's submission, however, does highlight the difficulty of focusing at a local government level. It describes a "doomsday scenario" associated with a two degree temperature rise that would lead to a "pandemic" caused by microorganisms and a global refugee crisis.

Wednesday, 8 January: Cockburn will receive $149,000 from the State Government to help pay for a feasibility study into solar hydrogen production for waste collection and light vehicle fleets. opens in a new window

A local high school student has called for City of Cockburn to declare a climate emergency. opens in a new window The City is developing a Climate Change Strategy and Zero Carbon Plan for 2020 to 2030. The strategy and plan will be developed in consultation with Elected Members, staff and the community. One of the actions under consideration is whether the City should declare a Climate Emergency. The City will seek input from Elected Members and the community on this decision. Read the City’s full response to questions from the Cockburn Gazette here. opens in a new window

Tuesday, 7 January: New primary schools will open in Treeby and Piara Waters in 2022, each supporting more than 500 students each from Kindergarten to Year 6. opens in a new window “The cohort of people that move into these suburbs are families with young children, so you build primary schools first,” Education Minister Sue Ellery said.

Monday, 6 January: Police charged a 49-year-old man with lighting a fire on 4 January in his residential suburb of Hamilton Hill. opens in a new window Police allege the man set fire to grass at the Wheeler Street Reserve, close to houses, about 11.30am.

Friday, 3 January: Police are investigating possible arson after a fire was lit in Bibra Lake bushland on New Year’s Eve. opens in a new window The fire started in bushland on Bushland Ridge in the light industrial area, and the cause is being treated as suspicious.