Access and Inclusion

One of our community Objectives is to enhance community connection and well-being so we can work towards our Commitment of protecting what makes us special, improving our quality of life and planning for future generations. Ensuring we do what we can to make our community as inclusive and accessible as possible is a fundamental part of this.

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Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

The Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (2018-2023) assists the Shire of Denmark to make its services and facilities equitable and accessible for people with disability. Under the Disability Services Act 1993, every local and state government agency must develop a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan.

The current plan has seven outcome areas. They are:

  1. All people with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the services of, and events organised by, the Shire of Denmark.
  2. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to access the buildings and other facilities of the Shire of Denmark.
  3. People with disability receive information from the Shire of Denmark in a format that will enable them to access the information as readily as other people are able to access it.
  4. People with disability receive the same level and quality of service from the staff of the Shire of Denmark as other people receive from the Shire of Denmark.
  5. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to make complaints to the Shire of Denmark.
  6. People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to participate in any public consultation by the Shire of Denmark.

People with a disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with the Shire of Denmark.

The Shire of Denmark's DAIP is currently under review.

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Access and Inclusion Services Information

The major project happening in the Shire of Denmark with regard to Access and Inclusion in 2023/24 is the review of our Disability, Access and Inclusion Plan.

If you would like to find out more about this review or to get involved, please contact our Community Development Officer.

Beach Wheelchairs

Council has two Beach Wheelchairs that are available to hire, free of charge - one at Parry Beach and one at Ocean Beach.

Beach Wheelchairs (or Beach Trekkers) are designed to transport a person with disability easily across all terrains from soft loose beach sand to hard surfaces and into the water.

Parry Beach

Bookings and use of the Trekker at Parry Beach is managed by the Parry Beach Voluntary Management Group (PBVMG). To book or find out further information regarding use and booking, please contact the Parry Beach Campground Caretaker on 0427 641 524.

Ocean Beach

Bookings and use of the Trekker at Ocean Beach is managed by the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club (DSLSC) and is available typically only when the beach is being patrolled. To book or find out further information regarding use and booking, please contact the Club on 0432 955 436.

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What’s On for Inclusion

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Related News

Volunteer Appreciation Sundowner: 18 May
Posted 24 April 2024 Volunteer Appreciation Sundowner: 18 May

Celebrating National Volunteer Week 2024: 'Something for Everyone'

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Public Comment
Posted 02 April 2024 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Public Comment

Community invited to share feedback during Public Comment 2-17 April

All Abilities Jetty at Nornalup Completed for Public Use
Posted 26 March 2024 All Abilities Jetty at Nornalup Completed for Public Use

Ramp and jetty will be open for public use from Friday 29 March

Community Citizen of the Year Award Nominations Open
Posted 01 March 2024 Community Citizen of the Year Award Nominations Open

Nominate someone you know before 31 March to recognise their contribution

Berridge Park Concept Plan Adopted, Funding Chase Begins
Posted 28 February 2024 Berridge Park Concept Plan Adopted, Funding Chase Begins

Council gives Shire green light to apply for funding for Berridge Park revitalisation

School Holiday Program Flyer: Get Your Activity Featured
Posted 14 February 2024 School Holiday Program Flyer: Get Your Activity Featured

Contact Community Services before Monday 4 March to be featured for free

New iPads a Win for Accessibility at Denmark's Library
Posted 08 February 2024 New iPads a Win for Accessibility at Denmark's Library

iPads available to borrow for library members to boost accessibility to online resources

Kwoorabup Festival: Events from 5pm at Berridge Park
Posted 09 January 2024 Kwoorabup Festival: Events from 5pm at Berridge Park

Join the festivities on Friday 26 January with activities, markets, food and more

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Update
Posted 21 December 2023 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Update

Accessible engagement a top priority as part of the DAIP review

Nornalup Jetty Project Delayed, On Track for January Completion
Posted 18 December 2023 Nornalup Jetty Project Delayed, On Track for January Completion

Substantial progress made on the construction and installation of all-abilities jetty

School Holiday Fun at the Denmark Public Library
Posted 14 December 2023 School Holiday Fun at the Denmark Public Library

Fun and activities for kids and young families these summer holidays

International Day of People with Disability 2023: Family Fun Walk
Posted 29 November 2023 International Day of People with Disability 2023: Family Fun Walk

Shire and Kwoorabup Community Markets co-host 3 Dec all-abilities event

Upgrades to Nornalup Jetty and Launch to Begin Soon
Posted 19 October 2023 Upgrades to Nornalup Jetty and Launch to Begin Soon

Work to start on 1 November, due for completion in time for peak summer visitation period

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Kicks Off
Posted 11 October 2023 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review Kicks Off

Community consultation begins for major review of DAIP, focused on inclusion

Kids Sensory Kits Join the Collection at Denmark's Library
Posted 07 September 2023 Kids Sensory Kits Join the Collection at Denmark's Library

Relaxation, Focus, Movement and Emotion & Feeling Sensory Kits Added to Library Collection

Access and Inclusion Funding Boost in 23/24 Budget
Posted 09 August 2023 Access and Inclusion Funding Boost in 23/24 Budget

More than $30,000 allocated to Access and Inclusion projects and deliverables

Facility Upgrades to Prawn Rock Channel Recreational Area
Posted 20 January 2023 Facility Upgrades to Prawn Rock Channel Recreational Area

Erosion remediation, new beach access and new accessible toilet block for Prawn Rock Channel

Shire of Denmark Joins Membership of Reconciliation WA
Posted 11 January 2023 Shire of Denmark Joins Membership of Reconciliation WA

Shire President Ceinwen Gearon is delighted to share news of latest milestone

International Day of People with Disability 2022 at Rec Centre
Posted 29 November 2022 International Day of People with Disability 2022 at Rec Centre

Recreation Centre to host Something for Everyone on Saturday 3 December

Voice Campaign Welcomes Shire of Denmark's Support
Posted 07 November 2022 Voice Campaign Welcomes Shire of Denmark's Support

"It's encouraging to see the depth of support from across the community"

Shire Acknowledges Uluru Statement from the Heart
Posted 28 October 2022 Shire Acknowledges Uluru Statement from the Heart

Denmark Shire Council acknowledges and accepts invitation of Uluru Statement

Cultural Burn Trial Completed in Denmark
Posted 11 May 2022 Cultural Burn Trial Completed in Denmark

Important precedent set for incorporating cultural practice into mitigation work

Free Public Screening of From Sky to Sea
Posted 23 November 2021 Free Public Screening of From Sky to Sea

Free screening to celebrate International Day of People with Disability

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Disability Support

Support is available for members of our community who live with a disability and their carers.

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Pride Support

There is a growing pride movement in the Great Southern, providing connection and support to members of the local LGBTQIA+ community.

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First Nations Support

The Shire of Denmark rests on Minang and Bibbulmun Noongar Country.

The lands and waters within the bounds of our Shire were cared for and managed by Traditional Custodians for thousands of years before our Local Government came into existence. The Shire of Denmark respectfully acknowledges those many, many generations of on-going custodianship, we extend our deepest respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and we welcome their guidance and counsel.

Our Local Government is a proud member of Reconciliation WA and our Council voted to formally accept the Uluru Statement from the Heart in October 2022 as an open invitation to the Australian people from First Nations Australians to walk together to a better future.

Reconciliation, advocacy, mental health and other support services are available for First Nations Australians and their allies.

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Support

Our community in the Shire of Denmark is lucky to be home to people from all over the world. Support is available for people who have culturally or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

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Awards and Grants

Every member of our community contributes something individual and special to the fabric of life here in the Shire of Denmark. In acknowledgement of those important contributions to community life, the Shire of Denmark Community Citizen of the Year award is presented to a worthy community member each year.

Nominations for the awards (presented in May at the annual Thank a Volunteer event) open annually in March. For more information about the nomination process, please visit our Volunteering page.

Other awards and grants in the Shire of Denmark for include:

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Denmark Recreation Centre and Creche

The Denmark Recreation Centre has something for everyone.

Find out more about what’s on at the Rec Centre.

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Denmark Public Library

The Denmark Public Library is filled to the brim with resources for community members of all ages, interests and abilities, especially seniors.

Why not visit our Library today?

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Have Your Say

Community consultations in the Shire of Denmark aren’t complete without representation from all generations who live here. We recognise not all members of our community are able to access information in the same way, so we do our best to make sure we have consultations available that are quick, accessible and easy to participate in various formats (including hardcopy) – that way, everyone can have their say on the future of our community.

Current community consultations can be found on our Community Consultation page.

Have you thought about standing for Council? Representation from a wide-cross section of our community is what makes all the difference. Visit our Standing for Council page for more information.

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Contact

Our Community Development Officer can be reached at (08) 9848 0300 or enquiries@denmark.wa.gov.au.

Contact details for our Councillors are published on our Councillors page.

National Relay Service: 1800 555 677

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