Community Initiatives

The Shire of Harvey regularly develops exciting projects and programs to enhance accessibility within our communities. This page will be updated with the latest news on previous, current or future plans.


Disability Access and Inclusion Awareness Program for High Schools

To raise awareness for people with a disability the Shire of Harvey hosted two wheelchair workshops for High School Children at the Leschenault Leisure Centre and the Harvey Recreation and Cultural Centre.

Amber Merrit, who is a Paralympic Silver Medalist for Basketball, facilitated fun and action-packed workshops for students of Australind High School and Harvey Senior High School. The students not only had a great time but learnt hands on what it was like to be confined to a wheel chair.  There were a multitude of questions asked and the students found stories of the Olympic Village and all the injuries Amber has sustained through training fascinating.


Shire of Harvey Access and Inclusion Poster Competition 2016

The Shire of Harvey Poster Competition was developed to create awareness of access and inclusion within our communities.  It was open to Shire of Harvey residents of all ages and the winners of each age category received a prize. Winning entries have been professionally printed and displayed at the Shire and given to the winning schools.

Competition results

Overall Winner –  Logan Haines

Overall Runners Up – Matilda Zappia and Aaron Marasigan

Winner 4-6 years – Jude Manton

Winner 8 yrs – Toby Maiolo

Winner 9 yrs Imogen Italiano

Winner 10 yrs Logan Haines

Winner 11 years Aaron Marasigan

Winner 12-14 yrs Leanne Santiago

Merit awards: Layla Pierce, Chelsea Oxford, Sophia Thomas, Montana Holly, Benjamin Gervasi


Accessible Communities

The Shire of Harvey encourages local businesses, community groups and event organisers to consider how they can improve access

Good access does not always have to be expensive. It can simply be placing shop signage in a space so people can pass, providing large print menus or training your staff in disability awareness.

Access does not just benefit people with disability – it can also benefit parents with prams, seniors and people from non-English speaking backgrounds. Increased access benefits everyone in the community and has the potential to attract more customers and visitors.

For more ideas on how to become more accessible, please download our quick guide – Smart Business.

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