Canada Bay approves roadmap for an inclusive future

08 June 2017 | Council

City of Canada Bay Councillors on Tuesday voted unanimously to approve the Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

The landmark Plan, which will be officially launched at a gala event at The Connection in Rhodes on July 20, is the first such plan to be adopted by Canada Bay and will be implemented over the next four years. The Plan is consistent with the State Disability Inclusion Plan and includes strategies to improve access and participation in Canada Bay for people with a disability.

“The adoption of the DIAP marks a fantastic step forward for Canada Bay, bringing together and formalising existing initiatives while also committing Council to a number of new policies and strategies that will make our City a more inclusive and liveable city for decades to come,” Mayor Helen McCaffrey said.

“The Plan ensures that access and inclusion are embedded in every aspect of our work – reflecting Canada Bay’s commitment to work with our community to celebrate and respond to the diversity of all and to create and maintain an environment that is inclusive and accessible.”

The document has been prepared with guidance from the community and key stakeholders, with 150 individuals providing input.

Within the Plan are four themes that reflect community input and planning focus:

  • Developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
  • Creating more liveable communities
  • Supporting access to meaningful employment
  • Improving access to services through better systems and processes.

Strategies and initiatives arising from these themes aim to raise awareness of the needs of people with disability, celebrate the diversity of our community, improve opportunities for people to move around our city, raise awareness of the benefits of inclusion and ensure that Council’s systems are accessible and easy to use.

The Plan highlights the wide range of initiatives and activities Council already undertake to support people with a disability in our community such as:

  • The City of Canada Bay Access Committee
  • Provision of a home library service
  • Rebound Therapy Program at Five Dock Leisure Centre
  • Complimentary entry for carers of people with disability at Five Dock Leisure Centre, golf courses and swimming centres
  • Bay Connection Seniors Bus Trips
  • Livvi’s Place All Abilities Playground
  • Access Maps for town centres
  • Large font books and hearing loops in Council libraries
  • Access audits for Council buildings
  • Training for Council staff in disability and cultural awareness.

Resulting from the adoption of the DIAP, Council will also commit to a number of new initiatives:

  • Undertaking improvement works specifically relating to access of Council buildings and facilities including a $20,000 ramp access to Taplin Park public toilets and canteen
  • Updating policies with improved provision for access and inclusion including the Events Policy and Procurement Policy
  • Developing a Reasonable Adjustment Policy to facilitate the inclusion of people with disability
  • Reviewing Council’s Corporate Identity Guidelines to assist in publishing accessible information
  • Including access information on Council’s publications.
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