Making a more inclusive community

Emily King, Karen Carney, Inverell mayor Paul Harmon, Cheryl Youll, Sarah Ehsman, Macee Stewart and Cssie Baker.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.
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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.

“Traditionally we have probably a higher population of people with disabilities,” he said of Inverell. He encouraged people with disabilities and those who care for them to participate in the survey and help “make our community even better”.

In recent years, the council has focused on extending the town’swalking paths and cycleways networks, which Cr Harmon said was great opportunity for all residents, including those in gophers and wheelchairs,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,” he said.

“That came about by some discussions with people with children with disabilities, who’d say ‘We want to be able to go to a park as a family and play,’” he said.

Cr Harmon saidthe 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, at Inverell Library, and online at 梧桐夜网inverell.nsw.gov419论坛, along with a link to the survey. The survey is available until 1 March 2017.

The plan and survey are available in other accessible formats upon request. Please contact the council on [email protected]论坛 or phone 02 67288288.

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