Under the New South Wales Disability Inclusion Act 2014 all public authorities, including local government, are required to have a Disability Inclusion Action Plan. These plans set out the measures enabling people with a disability to access, and fully participate in, the community.
Bega Valley Shire Council has drafted its second Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2021-2025 which outlines its renewed commitment to the needs of people with disability in our community. To develop this draft plan, consultation has been undertaken with members of the community, Council staff and Council’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.
Council’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2020 has laid the groundwork for Council and strengthened its commitment to people with disability through advocacy, planning, project management and accessible resources. The draft plan for 2021-2025 aims to provide realistic but challenging goals that Council can lead, influence or deliver through its operations.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2021-2025 includes actions across four themes:
- Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
- Creating liveable communities
- Supporting access to meaningful employment
- Improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes
Council will be consulting directly with disability sector providers, schools, chambers of commerce, people living with a disability and their families, current and former members of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, carers and carers support groups and bushfire recovery workers (to discuss disaster preparedness for people with a disability).
Have Your Say
We would like to hear your thoughts on the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2021-2025 and the actions and measures provided. Your views will be considered in the context of Council’s role, responsibilities, budget and operations, whether an idea you might have has been raised as a priority by others, and what may be possible in the timeframe.
You can let us know your thoughts in four ways, as shown below. If you would like your thoughts to be private, please use the survey, email or post options. You can also use an anonymous 'screen name' to complete your public comment below.
Online: Take our survey or leave your public comment at the bottom of this page
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - Subject:Have Your Say - Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Post: General Manager, Bega Valley Shire Council, PO Box 492, Bega NSW 2550
Please submit your feedback by Monday 31 May 2021