Access and inclusion initiatives
The City of Stirling makes every effort to accommodate your individual needs in order to access our facilities, services, events and information regardless of your age, disability or cultural background.
- Eight universal access toilet and shower facilities have been completed at Stirling Leisure Centres - Herb Graham Recreation Centre - Mirrabooka
- iPads have been introduced in our community day clubs to allow non-verbal members to communicate with other members, staff and volunteers
- The Men’s Shed has invested in a new transportable building where members with a disability are provided with extra support to enable them to participate in projects and activities
The City's Main Administration Building, libraries and recreation front counter staff are able to communicate effectively with community members through hearing loops - hearing loops are beneficial for older people who wear hearing aids or have cochlea implants, and for young people with hearing impairment
There are two Changing Places facilities, both based in Scarborough: one at the Surf Life Saving Club and the other at the Scarborough Pool. Changing Places facilities enable people to participate by providing adjustable adult-sized change tables, a ceiling hoist system, centrally located toilet, circulation space for wheelchairs, automatic doors and a privacy screen
City of Stirling Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP) 2021-2025: this plan demonstrates our commitment to building an inclusive and diverse community where people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds can participate and contribute. The AIP strategies will guide the City in responding to the needs of people with disability, resulting in improved outcomes for all members of our community for the next 5 years. Read the Access and Inclusion Plan 2021-2025 here. This is available in alternate formats on request via Stirling Customer Service Team (08) 9205 8555.
- Our community food services team introduced heating instructions using Braille on meal container lids to help people who are visually impaired.
The Accessible Stirling Awards recognise businesses within the City who facilitate improved access and inclusion for their staff, customers and the community.
The awards aim to encourage increased participation among people with disability, their families, friends, carers as well as seniors and parents with young children.
Accessible businesses and events
A business that is accessible increases your customer-base which can benefit your bottom line and help create an inclusive community.
The City supports accessible events that can be enjoyed by the whole community.
Events such as art exhibitions, conferences, fundraisers, outdoor concerts, street fairs or award ceremonies form an important part of many people’s lives.
If you’re organising an event, you’ll need to consider:
- The event layout. For example, stall location for best access
- Providing parking spaces close to the event for people with disabilities
- Installing portable, accessible toilet facilities, marquees or first-aid cabins
- Designating small areas close to a stage for people using wheelchairs
- Access with no steps or other barriers from the arrival point at the venue, through the main entrance(s), to all the areas being used by participants
- Providing contact details on promotional material, for access enquiries.
For more information, please visit the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission website to view their Accessible Events Guide.
Did you know?
Improving access and inclusion for your business can be as simple as providing larger print menus to installing an automatic door opener.
Other initiatives and services
Electric wheelchair and gopher charging points
The City of Stirling in partnership with RECHARGE Scheme Australia, have allocated dedicated recharge points for electric wheelchairs and gophers at the following locations:
- Stirling Libraries - Dianella, Inglewood, Mirrabooka, Osborne and Scarborough
- Stirling Community Centres - Nollamara
- Stirling Leisure Centres - Herb Graham Recreation Centre - Mirrabooka
- Mirrabooka Square shopping centre
- Westfield Innaloo shopping centre
- Karrinyup shopping centre.
If your business is interested in the scheme, please phone our Customer Contact Centre.
A beach wheelchair is available to the public from the City’s beach services team, located at the Scarboro Surf Life Saving Club.
For more information, please phone our beach services team on (08) 9205 7470.
Portable pool hoist
Access and inclusion information in Auslan