What we will do to reduce barriers and make our Shire a more liveable community for all residents and visitors.
Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) for 2021-2025, and our Easy Read version, demonstrates our commitment to working with the community to make the Bega Valley Shire an accessible and inclusive place for everyone.
We will promote and support access and inclusion by ensuring it is a key consideration in all areas of Council business. We will work to make it meaningful, achievable and measurable.
An inclusive community benefits us all. A diverse, inclusive community means there are more opportunities for everyone to contribute productively and build our combined economic wealth. Inclusion drives better health outcomes, better community connections and enriches our lives.
The plan was developed with our community and key stakeholders, including Council’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, non-government organisations, Aboriginal organisations, people with disability, local schools and Council staff.
The DIAP identifies key focus areas for Council in dealing with improved access and inclusion. It is about changing attitudes and awareness, as much as it is about improving the accessibility of Council's services, facilities and activities.
Over the next four years Council will work to enable people with disability to have greater access to Council information, services and facilities. The actions in this plan will benefit not only people with a disability, but older people, parents with young children and people with temporary mobility issues.
Bega Valley Shire Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2021-2025 was adopted on 20 October 2021.