Access & Inclusion

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (2009) some 18.5% of Australians identify themselves as having some form of disability, a rate which increases with age.

Based on the above national average, the City of Busselton would have approximately 6,100 current residents who identify themselves as having some form of disability. In addition, approximately 120,000 to 150,000 people visit the region annually.

The 2011 Census also reveals that approximately 7.8% of the City’s population provide unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, equating to approximately 2,570 people based on the City’s current population.

The City’s Role

The City of Busselton is responsible for a wide range of functions, facilities and services within the district, including but not limited to:

Services to Property

  • Construction and maintenance of council owned buildings
  • Construction and maintenance of roads, footpaths and cycle facilities
  • Land drainage and development
  • Waste collection and disposal
  • Litter control and street cleaning
  • Planting and caring for street trees
  • Numbering of buildings and lots
  • Street lighting
  • Bush fire control

Services to the Community

  • Provision and maintenance of playing areas, parks, gardens, reserves and facilities for sporting and community groups
  • Management of recreation centres and pools
  • Public libraries and information services
  • Environmental health services
  • Citizenship ceremonies
  • Community events
  • Cultural facilities and services including the ArtGeo Cultural Complex

Regulatory Services

  • Planning of road systems, sub-divisions and town planning schemes
  • Building approvals for construction, additions or alterations to buildings
  • Ranger services, including dog control and the development, maintenance and control of parking

General Administration

  • Provision of general information to the public, the lodging of complaints and payment of fees including rates and licenses

Processes of Government

  • Ordinary and special council and committee meetings
  • Electors meetings and election of council members
  • Community meetings and consultations