The Federal Government operates from Canberra and makes decisions on matters that affect the whole of Australia. It is led by the Prime Minister. Federal has to do with the national Parliament or government rather that state parliaments or governments.
For more information go to: http://www.aph.gov.au/
State Government is responsible for looking after many of the different areas that operate within the State such as Education, Main Roads, Railways and Public Housing. State Government is led by the Premier.
The duty of the Council is to listen to the problems and ideas of the people and try to provide them the kind of community they want. However, the Council can only operate within the Local Government Act, the Local Laws and the Local Policies. All Council members are bound by a strict code of ethics and conduct.
The Council consists of 9 Councillors and the Mayor. The Mayor is chief of the Council and presides over Council meetings. In some communities the Mayor is chosen by the Councillors but in the City of Cockburn, he or she is elected by the people at the Local Government Elections and remains Mayor for 4 years.
Becoming a Councillor is an important decision. You need to care about your community, be willing to work for the betterment of everyone and be prepared to spend many hours looking after your residents.
Once you have decided to stand for Council, you put forward a nomination for election in the Local Government Elections. If accepted, you then campaign in your Ward to tell people who you are and what you believe you can do for them if elected.
What Is a Ward?
West Ward includes: Coogee, Hamilton Hill, North Coogee, Spearwood.
Central Ward includes: Beeliar, Bibra Lake, Coolbellup, Henderson, Munster, North Lake, Wattleup, Yangebup.
East Ward includes: Atwell, Aubin Grove, Banjup, Cockburn Central, Hammond Park, Jandakot, Leeming, South Lake, Success, Treeby.
On the third Saturday in October every second year (subject to legislative change), Local Government elections are held, including those for the City of Cockburn. The people who live in each Ward elect 3 people to represent their Ward on the Council.
What is the Role of the Mayor?
The Mayor is the head of the Council. In some local governments the Mayor is first elected by the people as a Councillor, then elected to the role of Mayor by the Councillors themselves.
In the City of Cockburn, the Mayor is elected directly by the people. Logan K Howlett is the Mayor of the City of Cockburn. The Mayor is the leader of the City.
He runs the Council meetings, is the official spokesperson for the City and works with politicians and business people to make sure the City is well looked after.
After the elections, the new Mayor and Councillors are sworn in.
All information on matters that are brought before the Council is gathered by the Council Administration Staff and presented to Council in the form of an AGENDA.
At the Council meeting, the Councillors discuss, debate and make a final decision on the matters before them. Decisions are reached by a majority vote of all the Councillors. These decisions are known as COUNCIL RESOLUTIONS.
The Council meets in the Council Chambers, Coleville Cres, Spearwood, once a month. The meeting starts at 7pm. Special Council meetings are held from time to time to deal with specific matters that must be dealt with urgently.
Who Looks After the
The City is divided into five Divisions. The Chief Executive Officer has Directors, Managers and other staff to look after the different services within these divisions. The divisions are:
This department provides administration support to the CEO, Mayor and Councillors.
This Division looks after the money and the technology areas of the City. It prepares the budgets for Council's approval and ensures that the City handles its money correctly. Some of the money that helps to run the City comes from the people who own property or land in the City - this is called Rates and is paid each year.
The City handles large amounts of money - Around $100 million in this financial year! Around $25 million will come from rates. Money also comes from Grants, which are sums of money given to LOCAL GOVERNMENT by the STATE or FEDERAL GOVERNMENT for special projects such as building Community buildings, or constructing roads. It can also come from places like the LOTTERIES COMMISSION.
Council is allowed to borrow money for major projects, but they must pay it back with interest. There is a fee for using some of Council's facilities - such as swimming in the Council pool, registering your dog and having building applications approved. This all helps to pay for looking after the City.
The areas in this Division are:
Community Services is one of the largest areas of the City. It is the Division that looks after "people" services and includes the libraries, the South Lakes Leisure Centre and other recreation centres, youth centres and aged care facilities. This Division also looks after security, dog issues, litter and areas of parking and traffic management.
These are all part of the following services:
Public Libraries are bright, lively places which anyone in the community can use. It doesn't cost anything to join as a library member, and you will find lots of things to see and do!
There are three libraries in the City of Cockburn. These are: Spearwood, Coolbellup and Success.
Reading is one of the most popular pastimes in the community and public libraries lend books and magazines to people to read for pleasure.
Not only do the libraries have books and magazines, they also have talking books (stories on cassettes), music on tapes and CDs, DVDs, videos, jigsaws, puzzles and games.
There are displays on different subjects and the notice boards will let you know what is happening in and around the community.
Recreation is any activity you choose to do because of the enjoyment you get from it and can be anything from playing sport to painting pictures.
The City Rangers' role is to ensure the enjoyment of the day-to-day lives for all citizens of the City of Cockburn. Rangers are on duty 7 days a week to facilitate the adherence of the City's local laws and regulations.
If you require the service of a ranger, contact the council office on 9411 3444.
CoSafe Security Services
The CoSafe Security Service is a high profile patrol service with a role to observe and report any suspicious and or criminal acts to Police and provide a level of quick response to residents of Cockburn.
What services does the Community Security provide?
How do we measure the Community Security Service's performance?
The City of Cockburn has 3 Key Performance Indicators as listed below:
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Access and Inclusion
In the City of Cockburn there are several Senior Centres where older people can go for fun and relaxation and to make new friends.
Cockburn Community Care provides a wide range of care services for frail, aged and younger people with disabilities funded by Sate and Commonwealth Government initiatives. The service is based at the Jean Willis Centre, on the corner of Healy Road and Ingram Street in Hamilton Hill.
The main office is staffed for community contact between the hours of 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Cockburn Centre Day Care
There are 2 Centre Day Care Programs operating within the City of Cockburn: Hamilton Hill and Beeliar Community Centre.
The Day Centre provides a wide and varied range of activities and outings, which are client focussed to cater to the physical, social and emotional needs of all members. Lunch and refreshments are included in the day program. Transport is provided to and from the Centre in specially equipped vehicles, to allow easy access for people with physical disabilities. i.e. Wheelchair access.
This division includes:
This Division looks after the building and planning areas of the City. It also looks after the environmental health.
To understand how the Building Department works let's look at a typical house building project
Commercial buildings like shops and factories are also checked to ensure they meet all fire safety requirements. Swimming pools and spas have very strict laws guiding them to help prevent young children from drowning.
The people who work in the Health Department are called Environmental Health Officers. This doesn't mean they deal with trees and wildlife!
They look after the many things in our environment that are bad for our health and could make us ill. Pests, such as mosquitoes and rats and even excessive noise! They inspect restaurants and other places where food is prepared to make sure that these places are kept clean and healthy.
If there are any outbreaks of food poisoning or other diseases the Health Department is notified by Doctors or the Hospital. The problem is investigated by Environmental Health Officers to prevent the disease from spreading through the community.
Statutory Planning Services
The City's Statutory Planning team is responsible for the 'day to day' processing of development applications, land rezoning applications, subdivision and strata application referrals from the Western Australian Planning Commission, Zoning Statements and ensures Development Compliance within the district. Some key projects we have been involved with include Port Coogee, Cockburn Central, Australian Marine Complex, and establishment of new residential areas along the Kwinana Freeway.
Strategic Planning Services
This City's Strategic Planning team is responsible for 'forward thinking' through the assessment and preparation of structure plans, project management of new living projects - revialisation of our older suburbs (eg Coolbelup, Southwell), implementation of Councils local commercial strategy, review of council's Bike Plan & Trails Master Plan and numerous other strategic projects.
Land Administration Services
There are several different types of land throughout the City of Cockburn that the City directly Manages:
Other jobs that the Land Admin Department does include:
View the Land Administration Pages
This Division is made up of:
Environmental Management Services
The Environmental Services Section is responsible for maintaining Council's conservation reserves and dealing with environmental issues ranging from providing advice to reviewing applications for development. Staff also offer support and encourage voluntary groups to be actively involved in conservation work.
The Environmental Health Officers monitor and control all of the areas around the City and other environmental health issues to help make our City a healthy and pleasant place to live.
Landfill Facility services
Henderson Landfill Site is located at Rockingham Road, Henderson, approximately two kilometres south of Russell Road intersection.
Entry to the Landfill Site is by presentation of a current City of Cockburn Tip Pass or payment of the relevant tip entry fee.
Henderson Landfill site is not a green waste facility. Green waste will only be accepted from City of Cockburn residents presenting a current City of Cockburn Trailer Pass.
The Green Waste Facility is located at the Regional Resource Recovery centre (RRRC) in banister Road, Canning Vale 9256 9555.
Staff in the Engineering area investigate the need for roads, paths and drainage, and then design and estimate how much it will cost.
The operations staff are responsible for the actual building of all projects and getting the equipment like dumpers and graders needed to do the job.
Every day all the homes, shops, factories and schools in the City of Cockburn gather heaps and heaps of rubbish.
Once, all we did was dump everything in the bin and each week a garbage man would collect it and take it to the Rubbish Tip where it was buried and left to rot.
Soon we began using packaging, like plastics, which would not rot! This caused many problems and began to have a very bad effect on our environment.
Through research and technology, it was found that that if we crushed, minced, melted, ground up, or shredded our rubbish most of it could be made into something else and be used again! Recycling!
Machines were invented to do this and now there is hardly anything we throw away that cannot be used again!
Recycle - That is the Message!
How Can You Help?
The City of Cockburn makes it easy! Every household has two bins - a general rubbish bin and a recycling bin. Check your recycling information sheet and make sure anything that can be recycled goes into the yellow-topped bin. For more information on recycling and the RRRC go to www.smrc.com.au and have a look at the great things that are happening in Cockburn!
Recycling isn't only sorting out where to put your rubbish.
If you have outgrown your clothes, shoes or toys, you can recycle them by putting them in a charity bin, such as Good Samaritan Industries, St Vincent de Paul or the Salvation Army. Charities also accept furniture and other household items, so give them a ring.
Check out the Recycle Shop - open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
So now you know a lot more about how your local government works.
Who knows, maybe one day, you may work for the City of Cockburn or even become a Councillor or the Mayor!