Brian Cooper OAM
Brian Anthony Cooper OAM, a long-term Woodvale resident, has been there for many of the big moments in the 21 year-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 a decade later for the unveiling of the first aquatic centre at Wanneroo Water World (predecessor to City of Joondalup Leisure Centre – Craigie) and he was there to cut the ribbon as the epicentre of Joondalup – Joondalup Library and the Civic Centre – opened its doors for the first time.
Brian was a Councillor at the Shire of Wanneroo (1984) and City of Wanneroo before his first his first term as Mayor in 1986 (until 1988). He also served as Mayor in 1989-90 and 1997-98. 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.
Brian was awarded an Australia Day Medal in 2019 (of the Order of Australia in the General Division) for his services to the community.