Community Development 

Community Development Strategy

The City of Albany adopted a new Community Development Strategy in March 2020.

The Strategy has three focus areas, including:

  • Vibrant, inclusive and connected neighbourhoods
  • Strong, thriving community groups
  • Places, people and spaces 

A copy of the strategy can be downloaded below.

Community Development Strategy

If you have any questions or queries about the new strategy, please contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023 or by emailing commdevel@albany.wa.gov.au

Albany Community Directory

The directory provides up-to-date information for community organisations that provide services and a search tool to find community groups, schools, parks etc.

You can download a copy of the City's Community Directory by visiting: Albany Community Directory and clicking on the 'Albany Community Directory' on the left hand side or search the directory below:

You can use this search tool to find community groups, schools, parks etc.


Alternatively, you can download the free Access My Community App through the App Store or Google Play Store.

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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Communities

Demographics

Approximately 6 percent of the City's population came from countries where English was not their first language, and approximately 5 percent currently speak a language other than English in their home. The predominant language spoken at home other than English is Filipino/Tagalog, with around 380 people speaking this language in their homes. Other languages spoken in the home other than English include Italian, Afrikaans, and Dutch.

Great Southern Migrant Services assists people who have arrived from another country within the last five years, under humanitarian or refugee visas. The service is a part of the Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre. It offers advocacy, practical assistance, information, counselling, programs, activities, and links to other community networks and referral services relating to domestic and social issues arising out of the settlement experience. Click below for more information, including contact details.

Link to Great Southern Migrant Services

Harmony Week

March 21 is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, marking the anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre, which took place on this day in 1960.

Harmony Week is celebrated each year in the week leading up to 21 March and is designed to raise awareness of multiculturalism, promote greater understanding in our community and communicate the message of saying no to racism and discrimination and reflect on and celebrate the many cultures that comprise our community.

Stay tuned for the City's Harmony Week activities planned for 2023.

Community Capacity Building Program

The City of Albany supports community groups and organisations by providing a program of capacity building workshops throughout the year.

The workshops vary depending on the needs of the community groups - past workshops have included grant funding, volunteer management, and accessible clubs.

For information on any future workshops, contact the Community Development Team on 6820 3023.

Indigenous Services

Aboriginal peoples of the South West Region of Western Australia are known as Noongar peoples. The territory around Albany is the traditional country of the Menang (spelt Meananger by Nind in 1831). Aboriginal occupation of the South West Region of WA has been dated to more than 50,000 years.

The Albany Aboriginal Accord represents a statement of commitment to working with the Aboriginal people of Albany to promote a greater understanding throughout the community of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples' history and culture. The Accord is between the City of Albany, the People of Albany, and the Aboriginal Community of Albany.

City of Albany Aboriginal Accord Policy

Volunteering

Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Albany community and contribute countless hours of unpaid work in a wide range of agencies and organisations. There are also many organisations, clubs, and associations in Albany that are made up of volunteers. Many of these groups own, manage or operate community facilities and others are established to promote a wide range of specific interests. The Albany and Regional Volunteer Service was established to help these groups to recruit, train and better manage volunteers throughout the community.