Located on Perth’s eastern fringe, approximately 35 kilometres from the CBD, Shire of Mundaring has an estimated population of around 39,000. The shire’s largest industries are education and training, manufacturing, construction and retail. With 3038 registered businesses as of 2017, encompassing 10,980 local jobs, the Shire is committed to its community vision; a sense of space, a sense of place.
An important part of this vision, that is, creating a welcoming place and fostering a strong sense of belonging, is advocating for better access and inclusion throughout our community and this extends to local business. The Shire’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2021 identifies a number of strategies which work towards creating a community where people with a disability, their families, friends and carers feel valued and included.
Thanks to our dedicated access and inclusion advisor, and the work of the Inclusion and Access Advisory Group (IDAAG), Shire of Mundaring delivers a number of inclusive community programs and facilities.
In 2017-18 we collaborated with BP to install an adult changing facility at a local roadhouse on Great Eastern Highway in The Lakes. Popular public hire space, Darlington Hall, was also refurbished with state-of-the-art accessibility upgrades including new toilets, an access ramp, widened doorways and lift to its elevated stage.
The Shire is proud of its cultural diversity and rich history as a place originally inhabited by the Noongar Aboriginal people. This year our NAIDOC Week celebrations saw the community come together to create a traditional dot painting dedicated to Aboriginal women and the NAIDOC theme ‘Because of her we can’. Earlier in March we collaborated with local business and encouraged stores to celebrate diversity by displaying the colour orange for Harmony Day.
Alongside calendar events like these Shire of Mundaring is committed, in the everyday, to fostering a community that is accessible and inclusive of all people. One of the ways we can facilitate this goal is by recognising our local businesses who have shown initiative, and taken action, in adopting practices that make their workplace or service more accessible to, and inclusive of, the people in our community. It’s with great pleasure that Shire of Mundaring presents the Inclusion and Accessibility Award for 2018.