The Central Goldfields Shire Council has endorsed a draft disability action plan for feedback at last week's council meeting.
The draft plan was been developed following community and stakeholder engagement which included interviews, online and hardcopy surveys and the initiation of the Disability Advisory Focus Group.
Central Goldfields Shire Maryborough Ward Wayne Sproull said the plan was a strategic document for council and for residents who have a disability as it will address equity and human rights.
"According to the 2016 Census, over eight percent of the shire's population received the disability support payment and 14 per cent of the population reported they were an unpaid carer of a person with a disability," he said.
"If you have a disability, are a carer or have family or friends who have a disability please provide feedback on this draft plan. Also, a big thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the Draft Plan's community feedback phase."
From the engagement process, six draft objectives and action areas have been developed including:
- People with disabilities will have equal physical access in the Shire . Information about Council and services will be made widely available in accessible formats
- People with disabilities will have equal opportunities to participate in community life
- People with disabilities will be engaged in planning to assist Council to deliver high quality outcomes
- Positive and inclusive images of people with a disability will be promoted.
- Central Goldfields Shire will be a leader in coordinating efforts to enhance the experience of local people with a disability
ASTERIA Planning and Marketing Coordinator Claire de Natris encouraged community feedback.
"ASTERIA values the importance of a disability action plan and encourages people with lived experience of disability, their family, friends and carers to help shape this draft plan and strengthen the diversity and inclusion of people with a disability in our community," she said.
Community members are able to view and provide feedback on the draft plan here or by contacting council on 5461 0610 for telephone or face to face discussions until 5pm on Monday 13 September, 2021.
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