City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

Access and Inclusion

The City of Cockburn is committed to creating an accessible and Woman in wheel chair with childinclusive community for everyone.

The City's ongoing commitment to improving disability access and inclusion is detailed in the City's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 
(2012-2017).

 

Have your say:

The City values the opinions of our community members and encourages everybody to have a say at our public consultations. Specific access requirements can be made available on request. 

Focus groups also help to ensure we hear the opinions of people with disability, their families, carers, advocates and service providers. Register to be informed of any focus group consultations by contacting the City's Disability Access and Inclusion Officer.

You might also be interested in joining our Disability Reference Group (DRG).

The DRG is passionate about equality and making a real difference. The Group meets monthly to exchange information about access and inclusion matters in the City of Cockburn. Membership is open to all residents and service providers in Cockburn.

For more information contact the Disability Access and Inclusion Officer on 9411 3444 or email cbrown@cockburn.wa.gov.au

 

The following services, events, programmes and facilities offered by the City of Cockburn are accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities:


Programs and Events 

Celebrate Ability Day
Annual event in December to celebrate the International Day of People with Disability.

This year's event is on Friday 2 December at Manning Park (opposite Azelia Ley Homestead, Hamilton Hill) from 10am to 1pm. There are lots of fun activities planned, including an animal farm, bouncy castle, kites, face painting, arts and dance.

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Recreation Facilities

Changing Place

The City's first Changing Place is located at the Bibra Lake Regional Playground (Progress Drive, Bibra Lake). 

For use by people with disability, the Changing Place is a public toilet facility which includes a ceiling hoist, height adjustable adult-size change table, a shower and enough space for two carers to assist.

The City of Cockburn's Changing Place is temporarily fitted with a Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK).

You can download a copy of the equipment instructions (which are also posted inside the facility) here: 

Funded by the Disability Services Commission and administered by WALGA.

 

South Lake Leisure Centre

Accessibility features include 'beach entry' to the swimming pool, hydraulic hoist to the spa and two water wheelchairs. There is an accessible bathroom with a hoist and harness system, and change table.

The Beach Trekker

A beach wheelchair is available to the public at Port Coogee Beach, to provide access to the water for people with limited mobility. Prior bookings are required. Contact the Disability Access and Inclusion Officer on 9411 3444 for more information.

Universal Playground

70% of the playground equipment has subtle modifications that enable children with a disability to participate in more physical activities. It is located in Manning Park in Hamilton Hill.

Cockburn Liberty Swing

One of the most important parts of childhood is simply being able to have fun, and the Liberty Swing (at Manning Park, Hamilton Hill) will bring laughter and smiles to many wheelchair bound children who would never otherwise experience such a simple joy.

Families and carers seeking to obtain a key to use the swing are asked to contact the City of Cockburn on 9411 3444.

Botany Park

Botany playground (in Hammond Park) is now fully fenced and contains a 'birds nest' swing for all abilities. These upgrades create a more inclusive and accessible play space for parents and children with disability. The upgrades were funded by Disability Services Commission and administered by WALGA.

The fence includes an accessible latch for people with disability who find 'child safety' height latches too high. The latch allows the gate to be opened with a key at a height that meets disability access requirements. If you require a key (it's the same key used for the Liberty Swing), please contact your nearest Master Locksmith.

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Library Services

Coolbellup Library

Also known as the Adaptive Technology Centre has full wheelchair access and specific facilities that can help people access a computer such as Kurzweil Omni that converts text to speech using a scanner, Starview magnification viewer and a speech synthesiser.

Home Library Services

Other services include a Home Library Service that delivers books and other materials on loan to readers who are housebound and a fortnightly bus that brings readers to the Success Library.

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Access and Inclusion Standards

Alternative formats for printed material

Posters, brochures and ongoing publications such as the Annual Report, Cockburn Soundings magazine and Cockburn Update email newsletter can be made available in alternative formats on request.

Auslan signing interpreters

Assistance to people with a hearing impairment can be provided by the City upon request and prior arrangement.

Customer Request System (Info Request)

Customer requests or enquiries can be directed to the Customer Contact Centre on 9411 3444 or emailed through to: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

Hearing Loop system

Available in the Council Chambers, Function Area and Dining Room. This system allows people using hearing aids to hear more clearly simply by activating the T-switch on their hearing aid.

National Relay Service (NRS)

People who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can use the NRS to help make phone calls if they have access to the internet or a special phone called a TTY. Customer service staff at the City of Cockburn are supportive of customers using this service. (See above for contact details).

 

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Public Consultation

Accessible Public Consultations Register

Public consultation is a way to voice your opinion on things that shape your community.  The City is committed to ensuring that all members in our community are heard. 

If you wish to participate in public consultation and feel that there are accessibility issues restricting you from participating ie. require an Auslan interpreter, please contact us.

The City is creating a register that allows us to advise you of consultation dates and accommodate your accessibility requirements.

To register or for further information call the City on 9411 3444 or email:
cbrown@cockburn.wa.gov.au

Creating Accessible Events

If you are holding a community event, you need to make sure you have considered access and inclusion for all. You can use the Accessible Events Checklist, which was created by the Disability Services Commission, to help you with disability access requirements.

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Need More Info

Email: customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au
Phone: 08 9411 3444

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To receive information from the City of Cockburn in alternative formats please contact 9411 3444 or email:
customer@cockburn.wa.gov.au with your specific request and contact details.

If you have a hearing or speech impairment you can use the National Relay Service to contact the City of Cockburn at no charge Call 133 677 or www.relayservice.gov.au

Disability Awareness Training
City's staff will under go training that provides information and knowledge to assist staff in understanding the needs, and offering a more responsive service to people with a disability.