Brian Cooper named City’s newest Freeman
Brian Anthony Cooper OAM has been there for many of the big moments in the 21year-history of the City of Joondalup. And in the lead up to its formation in 1998.
The last Mayor before Wanneroo split into two separate Cities, Brian was there for a number of firsts in his time as Mayor; a role he filled on three separate occasions.
He was there when the region’s first public golf course opened at Marangaroo, he was there for the unveiling of the first aquatic centre at Wanneroo Water World (predecessor to Leisure Centre Craigie) and he was there to cut the ribbon as the epicentre of Joondalup – the Joondalup Library and the Civic Centre – opened its doors for the first time.
Brian recalls that such was the growth of the region in the 1980s and 1990s, he spent much of his time as Mayor at official openings. New community buildings, parks, aquatic centres, shopping centres and the like. The list was endless.
More than two decades on from Joondalup’s birth, Brian finds it hard to believe how far the region has come; a region he first moved to in the 1970s when there was nothing more than a few weatherboard houses, dirt tracks, bushland and kangaroos where the Joondalup City Centre now stands.
It was his work with Wanneroo Rotary Club and the local junior cricket team where his community work began in earnest.
“I possessed a certain skill set and the more you do the more you are asked to do, the more you get involved with, the more is expected of you,” he said.
Brian was a Councillor at the Shire of Wanneroo (1984) and City of Wanneroo before his first term as Mayor in 1986 (until 1988).
He also served as Mayor in 1989-90 and commenced a third term in 1997.
Brian recalls that back then there wasn’t much to Joondalup apart from the hospital, current City administration building and Joondalup Basketball Stadium.
However, he does remember the Council and administration at the time were dedicated to the vision set out by Sir Charles Court for Joondalup to become the civic, cultural and economic capital of Perth’s northern corridor.
A successful businessman, his strong work ethic and drive to give back to his community only increased upon retirement from fulltime work.
He has held several senior leadership positions within many local community organisations and has also served on several community and government boards.
Brian is the former President of Marmion Probus Club, former Chairman and Board Member of the Wanneroo Shire Council Aged Persons Trust for 17 years, Patron and Life Member of Wanneroo Basketball Association (Current), former President of the Association of Independent Retirees (Northern Suburbs), Life Member and Former President of Wanneroo Rotary Club, Life Member of National Electrical Contractors Association, former Chairman of the Wanneroo Economic Development Association (Joondalup Business Association), former Board member of the Metropolitan Planning Council and former Manager of Wanneroo junior cricket teams and President of Wanneroo Districts Cricket Club.
A long-term resident of Woodvale, he is married to wife Patricia and is proud father of three girls Julie, Sally and Shannon and grandchildren Kayla, Lachlan and Matilda.
Brian still finds time to play golf in between his various commitments.
He believes that age is a state of mind and he still has plenty to contribute to the City of Joondalup.
Brian was awarded an Australia Day Medal in 2019 (of the Order of Australia in the General Division) for his services to the community.
Quotes attributed to Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob:
“Brian Cooper has served his community with distinction for many decades in a variety of roles, both as an Elected Member and as a volunteer.
His willingness to put others before self was a hallmark of his time as an Elected Member; an important period in history of the northern corridor which culminated in Joondalup becoming a City in its own right in 1998.
Brian’s selflessness, strong work ethic and drive to serve his community continues to this day where he still holds several senior leadership positions within local community organisations.
Whilst navigating the enormous growth enormous growth of the northern corridor over the decades, Brian has played a key role in the Joondalup story and remains committed to ensuring that our City is home to an active, engaged and connected community and a City recognised on the world stage for its liveability.
Brian is a credit to his family, his friends and this City and is a worthy recipient of the City of Joondalup’s highest accolade.”