Planning a better Sunshine Coast for those with disabilities
  • Saturday 04 June 2011

Meeting the needs of residents and visitors who have disabilities is a priority for Sunshine Coast Council.

That’s why council is developing a Disability Action Plan and inviting the community to have its say.

A series of community consultation and engagement sessions will be taking place between 14 and 16 June throughout the region with the feedback gathered helping to shape the plan.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said the Disability Action Plan would help council better understand the issues relating to disability and mobility access and how to address these matters.

"Council is committed to building strong, connected and inclusive communities and providing opportunities for active participation in community life - regardless of all different abilities," Cr McKay said.

"The plan will outline what actions are required across the region to further improve or address barriers to the physical and social environment and improve opportunities for participation for people with disabilities."

Improving access to council-managed facilities, roads, pathways and pedestrian crossings can benefit the whole community, including mothers with prams, people with diverse abilities, people using scooters and people with temporary mobility issues.

Last November, Council hosted a Disability and Mobility forum which identified numerous access and inclusion issues and overwhelming support for a Disability Action Plan. To assist in developing this plan, Council is now conducting four disability forums across the region to gather additional community feedback on a broad range of issues that impact the lives of people with disabilities, their careers and families.

Community Engagement and Governance Portfolio Councillor Christian Dickson said it was important council heard from the many diverse individuals and groups directly or indirectly impacted by a disability when developing this plan to ensure their different needs were considered and addressed.

"An essential part of developing the plan is ensuring the community have their say in how we can all work together for a change in the lives of people with disabilities," he said.

The Disability Action Plan Public Consultations will be taking place from 14 to 16 June 2011 at the following times and locations.

  • Maroochydore – 14 June from 1:15pm to 4:15pm at Millwell Rd Community Centre (Millwell Road East)
  • Caloundra – 15 June from 9am to12noon at Sunshine Coast Events Centre (Minchinton Street)
  •  Noosaville – 15 June from 6pm to 9pm at Australis Noosa Lakes Resort (3 Hilton Terrace)
  • Maleny – 16 June from 12noon to 3pm at the Maleny Neighbourhood Centre (17 Bicentenary Lane).

To register your interest to attend, please contact council’s Customer Service on (07) 5475 7272 during business hours or email your name, assistance requirements and your daytime contact telephone number

Please note the previously advertised RSVP date has been extended until 9 June 2011.

During the public consultations period, there will also be opportunity for community feedback via an online survey on Council’s website and later in the year when the Draft Disability Action Plan is available for community comment. The Disability Action Plan will be finalised at the end of this year.