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Cockburn, Australia - Active, Mayor to Mayor, Local organization pending

Mayor Michael C. Dow and Mayor Stephen Lee began speaking in 2005 of how Cockburn, Australia and Mobile, AL had similarities and would make ideal sister cities. In that year in September Mayor Stephen Lee traveled to Mobile to sign the twinning agreement between the two.

Cockburn is one of the major coastal cities found in the state of Western Australia. Situated just 22km south of Perth, the state's capital city, and 8km south of Fremantle.

This coastal city is renowned for its historical and tourism features along with its agriculture and ship building industries. One of the City's most unique features is a chain of five lakes running north to south through the heart of the City. Sixteen Aboriginal campsites have been identified throughout Cockburn, most of them on the fringes of two of the larger lakes, North Lake and Bibra Lake.

Cockburn's population is just over 77,000 people and is expected to grow to 110,000 by the year 2016.

Modern day Cockburn is renowned for its ship building industry, as well as the dying breed of market gardens. Large national ship building companies including Austal Ships, sell their products to many different countries throughout the world, these companies are all located in the Cockburn suburb of Henderson, the ship building mecca of Australia.

Electric sunsets cover Cockburn's skies over clean, inviting beaches and picturesque inland lakes, add to the warm cosmopolitan feel of Western Australia's Fun Coast.

Cockburn is very much a developing City, with a good mix of residential and rural areas, and is at an exciting stage of its growth. With about 27,000 residential places and over 2000 businesses, it still has the capacity for another 15,000 residential areas and the city centres and communities facilities that must come with such residential growth to meet peoples needs and expectations.

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