Radius move stirs bullying fears

Bendigo CBD
Bendigo CBD

RADIUS Disability Services will relocate to the Bendigo CBD despite fears the move could trigger some bullying of clients.

Radius believes the move is important for its strategy to integrate clients with the community and work towards inclusion. 

The organisation's services are presently spread across the region but will be consolidated in the CBD in coming months.

Radius is negotiating a prime CBD building close to the Hargreaves Mall but declined to reveal the exact location.

Chief executive Cath McDonald said community education would be important following the move and an inclusion action party would be formed to bring all involved parties together and promote acceptance. 

"There will be issues in working towards inclusion, such as possible bullying, and we are aware of that," she said. 

"But if we are serious about getting our clients into jobs in the community, we have to deal with this issue and educate people.

"We plan to involve the City of Greater Bendigo, traders and the Community Policing Squad and go to schools and educate them because this is about an attitude in the community."

She said the council was supportive of the move and were extremely helpful to ensure transport options and accessibility. 

"Everyone is very keen to see this work," she said. 

Radius operates five distinct business units employing people with a disability.

She said the move would put the organisation in the heart of the community, promote marketing opportunities and open up other land for future accommodation opportunities. 

"It is all part of our strategic plan and our commitment to inclusion," she said. 

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