City staff say 'Welcome!'

Languages Week 7-14 August 2017 raises awareness of the benefits of language learning, highlight the linguistic diversity in our community and celebrate the work of our students and teachers in community language schools and primary and secondary schools. Learning a language encompasses much more than language proficiency. Knowing a language means knowing about the culture that is the foundation of that language.

Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Language learning is an essential skill for life in the 21st century. Language learning helps us to broaden personal, social, cultural and employment opportunities. More than 270 languages and dialects are spoken in Western Australia today and Languages Week provides an opportunity to explore and celebrate language learning.

Data from the 2016 Census reveal that 20% of residents in the City of Melville spoke a language other than English at home. This data indicates how culturally diverse the City's population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.

Quick Poll

How many languages do you speak?

To celebrate Languages Week 2017, you are invited to share your story about your experience with language.

Have you ever been to a country whose language you didn't know?

Do you have a funny story about trying to learn a new language?

Or a story about how you taught your children a language?

Five entries will be selected by random to receive a City of Melville multicultural history and recipe book - A Taste of History: A Collection of Oral Histories, Images and Recipes.

Here is a story shared by one of the City's staff:

Hi my name is Riaz and I am a multilingual. I can speak more than seven languages and dialects and can read and write in five languages.

My journey to becoming a multilingual started with the environment where I was brought up with three languages. At the time of my teen ages, I joined a language class to improve my language skills. One day in the beginning of a new language class our language teacher asked us to introduce ourselves as a bilingual or a multilingual. After few introductions I realised that I was probably the only multilingual in the class. While waiting for my turn, I heard one of the participants introduce himself as a multilingual who can speak more than five languages. I was surprised! And then my language learning interest raised to learn more languages. That interest was further strengthened by my hobby to visit new places, meet new people and learn about different cultures and now I am familiar with more than seven languages.

Tell us your story about your experience with language.

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Watch the Languages Week 2017 Video

25 July 2017

Photo Credit: Nimboi's Bat by Sean Spencer, from the 2011 Human Rights Photography competition.

The 2017 Human Rights Photography competition is now open to children and adults around the country, with a $600 camera prize up for grabs for the most outstanding image!

The focus for this year’s competition will be the experiences of people at home. The theme for the 2017 competition is Home, inspired by Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous quote “Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home..."

Which got us thinking...

What does home mean to you?

How does home in Melville encourage connection to community?

Is there a particular place, a space where you feel home ?

How does this relate to your human rights of equality, expression, culture, dignity or identity?

For example:

Chloe* (name changed) has lived in Leeming her whole life and it is truly home to her. She loves taking long walks with her two dogs and most recently with her next door neighbour June who’s just migrated from Sri Lanka. For Chloe, home is where she feels connected, grounded and safe. It’s the familiar. Where she can relax after working all day. Her human rights are as much about her freedom to do her gardening on the weekend and take her dog to the dog beach, walk the open public parks and meet her neighbours as it is about her new friend June’s journey in learning English and finding the right job in her new home of Australia.

Home is so unique and special. Just as you are. What’s your human rights story?

What is your human rights story?

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14 July 2017

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On Thursday, 1 December we’ll be hosting an Accessible Inclusive Melville mini expo at Garden City’s Piazza. Join us in celebrating a community made richer by all abilities during Disability Awareness Week 2016.

Find out about a range of support services and activities in your local community. Make new connections and friends. Enjoy free entertainment and giveaways!

There will be stalls by Interchange, ELBA,Kids Are Kids, Wize Therapy, Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Business, Alzheimer’s Australia and more. Plus entertainment by Dance Inclusion, Music Rocks and more!

The expo will be set up at Garden City’s Piazza entrance, bus port entry near Priceline. There is accessible parking adjacent.

For more information, refer to the flyer below.

25 November 2016

National Relay Service

The City of Melville is celebrating Hearing Awareness Week !!!

The City of Melville has partnered with the National Relay Service (NRS) to celebrate the 2016 Hearing Awareness Week from 21 – 27 August. We’re excited to be involved in this great campaign that brings attention to the needs of people who are Deaf or hard of hearing.

The NRS is an Australian Government initiative connecting people who are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment to phone users. As an organisation, participating in Hearing Awareness Week is a great way to show our commitment to providing accessibility and the best possible experience for all our phone customers.

Celebrating Hearing Awareness Week will remind us all what a relay call is and highlight the need for The City of Melville to be accessible to everyone via the phone.

Find out more about hearing awareness week. For help making or receiving an NRS call you can contact the NRS helpdesk on 1800 555 660 or email

For further information on an Accessible Inclusive Melville, contact our Social Justice Advocate, Harinder on 93640 0864 or

Please watch this heart warming clip that demonstrates the usefulness for this service to our community:

Have you or someone you know used the National Relay Service? What were your experiences?

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25 August 2016

Assistive technologies provide dynamic and engaging opportunities that support people with disabilities to be active and informed global and digital citizens. VisAbility is giving you an opportunity to hear from and speak to industry experts, educators and service providers on the latest technology news over two exciting days.

You will get to experience a range of hands-on activities promoting these accessible products. You will be amazed to see how technology can be a part of your day to day life, ultimately making life easier!

For more information about this event, refer to the attachments below:

How do you use technology to make your life easier?

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18 August 2016

Brain injury prevention

This year for Brain Injury Awareness Week (August 15-21) Headwest hopes to get us thinking and talking about brain injury. It is estimated that 1 in 12 West Australian’s are living with some form of brain injury, many of whom are completely unaware of it. Brain injury is very common and can be the result from a traumatic brain injury such as a fall or assault or non-traumatic injury such as stroke, infection, substance abuse, tumour, poisoning or near drowning.

A brain injury has the power to change a person’s life, affect relationships and disrupt education and employment prospects. If you, or someone that you know, is struggling to adjust to life after a brain injury it is important to know that the correct therapies and support can help you make sense of your challenges and implement new strategies and coping skills to move beyond the injury.

Headwest has many resources, information and contacts with regard to brain injury - if you would like to know more please give Headwest a call on (08) 9330 6370 or email at

Did you know what effect a Brain Injury can have on a person’s personality or sense of wellbeing?

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16 August 2016

West Australian motorists, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists will be covered for treatment, care and support if they are catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle crash on roads in Western Australia from 1 July 2016.

Catastrophic injuries include spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, multiple amputations, severe burns and permanent traumatic blindness.

Previously, motorists and their passengers were not covered by insurance if they were catastrophically injured and could not prove another driver was at fault.

Expanding motor injury insurance will now cover the lifetime treatment, care and support – estimated at $4 million, on average, per person – for people who catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle accident and are unable to make a compulsory third party insurance claim.

Ongoing engagement is underway between the Insurance Commission of Western Australia and the health and disability sectors to ensure the effective and efficient implementation of the scheme.

For more, visit the Insurance Commission’s Catastrophic Injuries web page or read the Minister for Disability Services’ media statement .

Source: Disabilities Services Commission

What do you think about the expanded catastrophic injury cover?

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18 July 2016