Happy birthday gift comes via the post
More than 200 people braved Saturday’s wintry weather to celebrate Cookernup’s 125th anniversary.
There was face painting and a fire engine train for the kids, a mechanical bucking bull, Devonshire tea, a sausage sizzle by the Cookernup Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade and music by Lightning Jack.
A Welcome to Country ceremony was performed by elder Lesley Ugle and the event was officially opened by WA Premier Mark McGowan.
As a special treat for the milestone, Mr McGowan announced Australia Post had decided to reinstate the postcode for the town.
Cookernup residents have been campaigning for about three years to reinstate the town’s postcode of 6219 since it was removed in 1974.
“It was taken away 45 years ago and the sense of community was somewhat diminished afterwards,” Mr McGowan said.
“The community banded together and the local MPs took up the case and Australia Post has made the terrific decision to reinstate the local postcode.”
The announcement was met with cheers from the crowd as Cookernup Residents Association president Jac Taylor was presented with a giant postcard addressed to the Cookernup community.
“I am totally stoked by this,” Mrs Taylor said.
Australia Post manager of community relations Nicole Sheffield said it was the first time since she began working at the organisation that she had seen a town’s postcode reinstated.
“It has been a lot of team effort, but this means nothing without the community,” she said.
“At the end of the day Australia Post is for Australia, it’s for Australian communities.
“To hear your stories of your courage and how much your town and your postcode mean to you, we are just delighted to be part of your 125th anniversary celebrations, but also to give you such an important part of your history back.”
Forrest MHR Nola Marino and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke had both been lobbying for the postcode for more than a year.
“This is a great move by Australia Post,” Mrs Marino said.
“To Australia Post, thank you for respecting so much about Cookernup that is so special and that this is such a key part of their identity.”
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