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.
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
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.