Type of Location: Located on the south coast of Western Australia, 400km from Perth, Denmark is a beautiful town where the forest meets the sea. Denmark has a spectacular coastline, rolling green hills, vineyards, and the beautiful William Bay National Park, contributing to the town’s thriving tourist industry.
Population: 2732 (according to the 2006 Census).
Industry: In the late 1800s, Denmark was the centre of a sawmilling operation, supplying timber to the Goldfields. Throughout the first half of the 20th century small farms were developed to create pasture for cattle, dairying and orchards (mainly apples) but conditions were poor.
By the 1960s the population had increased and Denmark was becoming attractive to those searching for an alternative lifestyle and early retirement. Wine growers discovered the value of the rich karri loam with Riesling and Chardonnay being the first grapes grown on Denmark soil. Within fifty years the area has become a wine region of importance and a must see tourist destination in Western Australia.
Applicant Organisation: Denmark Telecentre Inc.
Synopsis: The Denmark Telecentre first applied for use of its Community Geographic Domain Name to provide individuals within the community an opportunity to communicate with each other, to give an online presence to local businesses and community groups and to attract greater tourism in the area.
www.denmark.wa.au went live in April 2009. The Denmark community website includes information about the community, its history, local news, events and links to other community websites and online radio.
What they say: According to Barney Arvidson of the Denmark Telecentre, “being a community focused not-for-profit organisation with IT as one of our reasons to be, this is a natural extension of what we do in our town already.”
The Denmark community hopes their site will “broaden communication; provide an easily used and accessible forum for local news and events and to provide a one-stop-shop for local activities and groups.”
Advice for Other Communities: "Work out what you want from your community website. Look at similar sites both in Australia and overseas and give a lot of thought as to how you can provide whatever it is you want to do. Ensure that building your website is an ongoing process, and doesn’t go stale by lack of new input,” said Mr. Arvidson.