A meeting was held with the head of the Split branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation Branka Bezić Filipović and Tania Blažević, a returnee and president of the Croatian-Australian Society and Friends of Split, headquartered at the Split office of the CHF.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Deputy Mayor Carol Reeve-Fowkes visited Split recently. Cockburn is local government area in the Western Australian capital city of Perth with a large Croatian community, many of who originally hail from the islands of Korčula and Šolta.
A meeting was held with the head of the Split branch office of the Croatian Heritage Foundation Branka Bezić Filipović and Tania Blažević, a returnee whose mother still lives in Cockburn. Tania is the president of the Croatian-Australian Society and Friends of Split, headquartered at the Split office of the CHF.
It can be said that Cockburn has been magnanimous towards Croatians when it comes to naming its streets and parks. There are many streets named after some of the original settlers such as Separovich, Oreb, Zuvela, Buktenica, Garbin, Bavich, Huljich, Covich, Josip Gaspar, Milos, Zlinya, Bosnich, Zukova, Bilcich, Musulin, Orsulich, Mavica, Gerovich and others. Two streets are named after Croatian towns – Vis and Blato, and when driving from Spearwood along Spearwood Avenue towards Beeliar Drive one finds a sign reading Dobro Dosli (Welcome). Three lions are set at the crossing honouring the southern Croatian region of Dalmatia (they are found on its coat of arms) and the twinning with the city of Split. Also found in the city are Sumich Park, Visko Park, Huljich Park, Vela Luka Park and Solta Park.
Several councillors of Croatian descent in Cockburn initiated a decision to build a loggia identical to the one found in Blato on the island of Korčula. The loggia was designed by architect Snježana Babich, an Australian of Croatian extraction.
Text by: Branka Bezić Filipović