Council has released a draft Access and Inclusion Action Plan 2018-22 for community consultation.
The plan outlines the City’s commitment to upholding the rights of equal and dignified access for all people, in accordance with the Disability
Discrimination Act 1992.
In Greater Geelong, over 14,000 people need help in their day-to-day lives, with an increase in help needed amongst younger demographics.
The plan specifies actions the City will take to reduce discrimination and promote inclusion of people with disabilities in all areas, with some areas of action including:
- Work with NDIA and NDIS to ensure their services meet the needs of a growing population of people with disabilities
- Work with local carers to ensure they are supported, recognised and acknowledged
- Create a more inclusive community through universal design for community infrastructure and public buildings
- Work with Public Transport Victoria and VLine to ensure there are options for accessible use of local transport
- Develop a social housing plan to support affordable housing outcomes, considering the needs of people with a disability
- Use workforce initiatives to provide opportunities to community members with disabilities
- Offer communication in multiple formats and provide communication supports at consultation meetings
- Raise awareness and increase access to community events when planning street or site activation.
The City also has a key focus on creating a more inclusive community by changing community attitudes through discussion and promoting participation for all community members.
Implementation of this plan will enhance opportunities for people of all abilities to participate in community life and for the community to be enriched by a more inclusive community.
View the draft plan and have your say.
Mayor Bruce Harwood:
This plan is a strong validation of our commitment to working towards full equality for people with disabilities. Greater Geelong must become a leader in accessibility by making sure everyone in our community has access to goods, services, and facilities and can participate in community life in a region that has overwhelmingly inclusive attitudes.
Cr Anthony Aitken, Chair, Disability Access Inclusion and Volunteering portfolio:
Geelong has a responsibility to be a leader in access and inclusion as the home of the NDIS. To achieve this we’ll need to make financial commitments to ensure we can lead the way in creating a more inclusive community.