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

Roadside Vegetation Mapping Project Launched
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Data will assist efforts to protect native vegetation on our roadsides into the future

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Youth Chats: Youth Drop In Session Hosted By YACWA
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Draft Historical Railway Station Precinct Concept Plan Out For Comment
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Written submissions due before 4pm Friday 26 July 2024

Adoption of Fencing Local Law 2024
Posted 10 July 2024 Adoption of Fencing Local Law 2024

2008 Fencing Local Law to be repealed following adoption of new Local Law

Proposed Waste Local Law Out For Comment
Posted 10 July 2024 Proposed Waste Local Law Out For Comment

Written submissions must be lodged before 4pm Wednesday 28 August

Plan for Long-Term Protection of Coastal Reserves Adopted
Posted 09 July 2024 Plan for Long-Term Protection of Coastal Reserves Adopted

Shire's new Coastal Reserves Management Plan now in place

Draft Council Policies Out for Public Comment
Posted 02 July 2024 Draft Council Policies Out for Public Comment

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Denmark Direct Community Newsletter June 2024
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Next four years of project and service delivery planned in line with community feedback

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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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