News and Events


The Heart Foundation has produced two pamphlets to help promote the ‘Move more, sit less’ message:

Be active every day

Am I active enough

Living Smart

Do you want to learn really practical ways you can make your life more sustainable? Are you keen to meet like-minded people? Do you crave community connection?
Then Living Smart is for you!

More information here

Health claims on food- How do we know what is true?

If it sounds too good to be true – it probably isn’t! If someone tries to sell you something that resembles a lolly, drink or other processed food and claims that this will improve your health almost as much as eating fresh fruit and vegetables, ignore them and head straight to the fresh fruit and veg market, or even better, the nearest community garden. For a hilarious clip on health food claims (warning – coarse language) listen to this clip by John Oliver

Healthy Active by Design launch

As part of the Heart Foundation’s Healthy Active by Design (HABD) launch a workshop was held on 5th  March 2014 at the City of Cockburn. Speakers included Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes, Andrew Trosic, Manager of Strategic Planning and international expert Rodney Tolley presented ‘Creating a walking-friendly city: innovation and inspiration from around the world’. HABD is a tool to inform the design of communities that support and promote healthy and active living.

International expert Rodney Tolley inspires planners from the South Metropolitan area

Opportunity for recent cancer patients

An exercise program for cancer patients and their carers is offered at South Lake Leisure Centre thanks to the Cancer Council

“Walking and laughing keeps me young”

The Coogee Cruisers joined the South Beach Striders to celebrate the 80th birthday of Heart Foundation Walk Organiser Barbara Hallion with a brisk walk and surprise morning tea at South Beach on Friday 31 May. Barbara’s sense of humour and enthusiasm is infectious and attracts walkers from not only the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn, but from as far afield as City Beach.

“She looks far too young to be eighty. She is so active and a great walk leader” said fellow Heart Foundation Walk Organiser Barbara Staines. Barbara Hallion attributes her “youthful good looks” to keeping active and having a lot of laughs. Barbara took over the leadership of the group in 2007 and hardly ever misses a walk. Both groups walk regularly along the beach front between North Coogee and Fremantle.

Heart Foundation Walking in the Cities of Fremantle and Cockburn is coordinated by the City of Cockburn’s Co-Health Healthy Communities Coordinator, Gilly Street, with Heart Foundation Walking groups running at various times and places in and around the City of Cockburn. People wanting to start their own groups at a time and place that suit them can undergo a free one-hour training session with Gilly. Co-Health is part of the Healthy Communities Initiative funded by the Australian Government.

Fremantle Cockburn TravelSmart Trek

The annual Fremantle Cockburn TravelSmart Trek will take place on Sunday 13 October 2013. Watch this space for more details.

Last year one hundred people from the two cities people achieved a total of 357400 steps* in a celebration of walking and recognition of  the Heart Foundation Walking Groups and the dedicated volunteer walk organisers on Friday 19 October.   Two walks appealed to different tastes and abilities and everyone enjoyed a delicious morning tea with the two Mayors and Aboriginal Elder Noel Morrison in a marquee next to South Beach Cafe. Heart Foundation Walkers were rewarded for their commitment to health with $10 vouchers from Scarvaci’s IGA in Hamilton Hill.  Heart Foundation Walking is Australia’s largest network of free community-based walking groups coordinated locally by the City of Cockburn’s Healthy Communities Coordinator. If you are interested in training as a walk organiser please call 94113503. See more photos of the Trek on our Walking Page

*data collected by Calico

Yangebup Striders win place in National Calendar

A photograph taken by Dianne Black, Walk Organiser for the Heart Foundation Walking group the Yangebup Striders has won a place in the Heart Foundation’s national calendar for 2013. The ever-growing group has been walking together for over 6 years and has been part of Heart Foundation Walking since 2008.

Heart Foundation Walking Groups in the City of Cockburn

The Coogee Cruisers walking group meets at Coogee Cafe every Thursday morning  thanks to volunteer  Heart Foundation Walking  Organiser, Barbara  of Coogee (3rd from right) . Would you like to join them, or another group? Or would you like to start  a walking group in your suburb?

Contact the your local HFW Area Coordinator Gilly Street on 9411 3503 and arrange a free training session to become a volunteer Heart Foundation Walk Organiser. Pram walkers welcome! Find out more about Walking in the City of Cockburn and Heart Foundation Walking.

Attention all cyclists and other road-users

The Department of Transport has issued a new edition of the publication “Cycling and the Law” .

If you are a cyclist in the City of Cockburn, why not join your local BUG (Bicycle User Group). To enquire call Katy  on (08) 9411 3627 or email [email protected]