Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking the community’s input for a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which aims to improve opportunities for people with a disability living in and visiting Eurobodalla.
Council has released surveys targeted at four key groups: people with a disability and their carers, the business community, art, recreation and sporting groups and the general community.
Survey answers will help Council develop a new four-year plan to ensure accessible infrastructure and opportunities for people with a disability.
Council’s Community Arts and Recreation Director Kathy Arthur said there were nearly two-and-a-half thousand people who needed assistance with core activities in Eurobodalla in 2011, or seven per cent of the population.
“We estimate there are 7,000 people in Eurobodalla living with a disability - that’s 19 per cent of our population,” she said.
“We need the community’s help to develop strategies to make a real difference to people’s lives.
“Council has a role in promoting the rights of people with disability and the value of diversity, however making communities more inclusive is not just a Council responsibility,” she said.
“Everyone, including business, community groups and the general public also have a role to play.
“We’ve made some real progress over the years, however, we need to do more.
“The Disability Inclusion Action Plan, and the community’s contribution in terms of perspective and experience, will help us do that.”
Access the surveys on Council’s website www.esc.nsw.gov.au aor via this link http://www.esc.nsw.gov.au/inside-council/project-and-exhibitions/major-projects-and-works/disability-inclusion-action-plan
Hard copies are also available at local libraries. Survey responses are confidential.
Above: Eurobodalla Shire Council is seeking the community’s input for a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Pictured is a member of Council’s Disability Advisory Committee Brad Rossiter, and Council’s Active Living Coordinator Tina Smith. Media Release