- Last updated:
- 01 Nov 2018
Council is committed to building inclusive communities where community participation and access, enable people to move about our region with dignity, pride and independence.
Improving access to council’s programs, services, resources, information, facilities and open space for diverse members of our community will promote civic participation, and a sense of belonging, leading to stronger, more cohesive and resilient communities.
Issues of access and inclusion can affect any member of the community, including parents with prams and small children, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities or older people. Improving access and inclusion in the region therefore benefits the whole community
Sunshine Coast Access and Inclusion Plan 2011 – 2016
• Access and Inclusion Plan [Large Print]
• Access and Inclusion Plan [E-Text]
The plan is available in Braille and CD (audio) versions. Sunshine Coast Libraries have Braille and CD copies for loan. Note: Personal copies of Braille and CDs can be ordered by emailing email@example.com or phoning council’s Community Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261.
The RECHARGE SchemeTM creates a more accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment to support people who use electric mobility scooters or wheelchair. This includes locations which have designated areas for people to safely recharge their electric mobility scooter or wheelchair battery, free of charge.
The Sunshine Coast Local Government Area currently have five locations:
1. TAFE Queensland East Coast Region
34 Lady Musgrave Drive, Mountain Creek, 4557
2. Integrate Family and Youth Service
108 Parker Street, Maroochydore, 4558
3. Walk on Wheels Nambour
26 Ann St, Nambour, 4560
4. Walk on Wheels Kawana
11/10 Capital Place, Birtinya, 4575
5. Kawana Shoppingworld
119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina, 4575
For up-to-date information on locations of the RECHARGE SchemeTM on the Sunshine Coast, please go to the website of RECHARGE Scheme Australia.
If your group or business would like to discuss how to get involved by offering a RECHARGE Scheme TM on the Sunshine Coast please contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Helpful Resources and Information
Information on services that support people with disabilities, carers and their families:
• Community Groups Directory – a free online community directory for local groups
• Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Safety
• National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available in the local government areas of Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie from 1 January 2019.
What is the NDIS?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
The NDIS will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
It will help people with a disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.
The NDIS will soon be available in the Sunshine Coast region. To support the roll out of the NDIS in this area, free information sessions are being held for families, carers and people with a disability in the community.
Sessions will provide general information about getting ready for your planning conversation.
NDIS information sessions
|Kawana Library||Thursday 26 October||10.00 am - 11.30 am||Register|
|Coolum Beach Library||Tuesday 30 October||10.00 am - 11.30 am||Register|
|Maleny Community Centre||Tuesday 30 October||1.00 pm - 3.00 pm||Register|
|Maleny Neighbourhood Centre||Thursday 22 November||2.00 pm - 4.00 pm|
|Maleny Neighbourhood Centre
||Saturday 24 November||10.00 am - 12.00 pm||Email
For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8401 or email email@example.com.
Beach Accessible Wheelchairs
A beach accessible wheelchair is available for public use at no cost from both the Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Clubs. Enquire at each club’s reception.
Beach matting for wheelchairs
Matting is rolled out at Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club daily.
|Location||All Abilities Playground||Liberty Swing||Amenities||Wheelchair Accessible||Further Details|
|Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club,
167 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland
|Beach matting for wheelchairs.||Beach Accessible Wheelchair available for free public use. Book at the Club's reception.|
|Ayliffe Park, The Esplanade, Golden Beach||Liberty swing available.||Accessible toilet
(left and right hand accessible) adjacent to playground.
||Contact council on 5475 7272 to obtain the key to the Liberty Swing|
|Buderim Forest Park, via Harry's Lane, Buderim||Accessible toilet, via Harry's Lane entrance.||The first 600 m of boardwalk is wheelchair accessible via timber boardwalk. Additional 300 m to the base of fall is not wheelchair accessible.||BBQ and picnic table area are not wheelchair accessible (stairs to grassed area and tables are elevated on concrete block).|
|Bulcock Beach, The Esplanade, Caloundra||Accessible toilet
||Path is two metres wide.||Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk|
|Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha||Accessible toilet
||Yes||The Bushland Sculpture Garden is mostly wheelchair accessible with only one small section having a steeper slope and another has stones in the path.|
|Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Maroochydore|| Liberty swing available
||General playground adjacent to liberty swing is sand floor.||Contact council on 5475 7272 to obtain the key to the liberty swing. Concrete paths along the waterfront are 2 - 3 metres wide.
|Kings Beach, Ormond Terrace, Kings Beach||Accessible toilet
||Boardwalk and water play/fountain area are wheelchair accessible.
||Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk|
|La Balsa Park, Harbour Parade, Buddina||All abilities playground
adjacent to playground
• sand floor in playground
• fully fenced
• all abilities equipment
|Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, Alexandra||Beach accessible wheelchair available.||Free to use, book at the club's reception.|
|Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mountain View Road, Maleny||Accessible toilet
||The Rainforest Walking Trail is wheelchair accessible with a 1-2 meter wide gravel path with some small tree roots.
||Bench seats along the trail for rest|
|Nelson Park, Mari Street, Alexandra Headland||Accessible toilet||Concrete path within playground; most of playground is wood chip floor.
||Fully fenced, wheelchair accessible playground adjacent to duck pond. Picnic tables available.
|Picnic Point Park, Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore||Disability car park.
||Concrete pathway||Wheelchair accessible picnic tables
Corner of Caloundra Street and Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough
|Interactive playground, tandem slide, sand and water play, sensory garden||Harnessed, high backed seat flying fox||Accessible toilet
(left and right hand accessible).
Person with a disability car park.
|1.5 metre wide concrete paths.
Playground floor is a combination of rubber, sand and wood chips.
|Fully fenced playground with braille signage.|
Queensland Government resource Inclusive Tourism – Making your business more accessible and inclusive
- Local Organisations providing holiday assistance for People with Disability 121 Care
- Accessible Holiday Accommodation
- Other Holiday Services – wheelchair accessible vehicle, portable equipment, support staff.
- Local wheelchair accessible vehicle hire.
Most buses on the Sunshine Coast allow easy access for the elderly and people with prams or mobility difficulties. For wheelchair accessible service enquiries contact Sunbus on 07 5450 7888.
If you require a portable ramp or assistance from guards when disembarking a train please wait at the assisted boarding point near the guard’s cabin when the train stops.
Queensland Rail has more information for passengers.
Disability Parking Permits
The Department of Transport and Main Roads can issue a disability parking permit to people if their ability to walk is severely restricted. A disability parking permit gives the holder access to parking concessions. More information is available regarding the Sunshine Coast disability parking permits.