A Community For All
8 February 2017
With one in five people in Australia living with a disability, Inverell Shire Council has launched a new survey to ensure the shire is a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.
Last week, Council released its Draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan, which sets out five key directions as well as priority actions to help people with a disability get around, access information, participate in cultural and recreational activities and have their say on shaping the Shire’s future.
The draft plan is now available for residents to view and also provide feedback as to how the community can do things better.
Council mayor, Paul Harmon says Council is putting the town’s facilities and services under the microscope to find opportunities for improving the way people with a disability are included in the community on a day-to-day basis.
“The Draft Plan is now available for comment and we’re asking people with a disability, and also those who care for individuals with a disability to participate in a five-minute survey to identify how we can make our community even better”.
“In recent years, Council has focused on extending our network of walking paths and cycleways throughout the town, which is great for all residents, including those in gophers, wheelchairs and those with a disability to enjoy the outdoors and stay active”.
“We have also established the all abilities playground in Victoria Park to enable all children to play side-by-side, regardless of ability”.
However, Cr Harmon says the plan also focuses on identifying broader opportunities to build inclusion and be a more welcoming community to people with a disability.
“As a Council, we want to make sure our broader services and facilities accommodate the needs of people with a disability and that even our local shops are understanding of the needs of all our residents. We need the help of the community to do this”.
A copy of the Draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan is available for viewing at the Council Administration Centre in Otho Street and also at Inverell Library, as well as online on our Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan page, along with a link to the survey. The survey is available until 1 March 2017.
For further information contact:
Inverell Shire Council | PO Box 138 | Inverell NSW 2360