Council’s draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) is on display for public comment from Monday 1 August until 5pm Monday 29 August and outlines how Council will maintain and improve access and inclusion for people with a disability.
“Randwick Council is committed to making our city more inclusive and welcoming of people with visible and invisible disabilities,” said Randwick Mayor Dylan Parker.
“From discussions that we’ve had with community groups and members with lived experience, we know that people with a disability can often be excluded from participating fully in community life due to a range of barriers. These are not just physical barriers but also ones of attitudes and understanding within the community or operational barriers that prevent them from accessing information.
“Our goal is to ensure that everyone can, and feels empowered to, participate fully in community life. Our action plan has set out the ways that we, as Council, can smooth the way and make a real, tangible difference to people’s experience of being part of the Randwick and surrounding communities.”
The DIAP has been developed in partnership with Waverley Council, recognising that residents access services and facilities beyond LGA borders. Between October 2021 and February 2022, Randwick Council and Waverley Council consulted with the community to help develop the Disability Inclusion Action Plans.
The DIAP identifies four key focus areas:
- Inclusive attitudes and behaviours: The attitudes and behaviours of the general community towards people with disability continue to be a significant barrier to their sense of inclusion.
- Liveable communities: People with disability want to feel part of the community and have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in community life.
- Employment: Meaningful employment and all the associated benefits of income, skills recognition, social interaction, and feelings of self-worth remain an important goal for most people.
- Engagement and systems: Early consideration of people’s needs can make a huge difference to how people can engage with us, or are empowered to successfully navigate systems and pathways.
The draft Disability Action Plan can be found here or at any of Council’s three libraries.
Residents can share their thoughts on the draft DIAP online at www.yoursay.randwick.nsw.gov.au or sending comments by email to email@example.com or by post to DIAP Comments, Randwick City Council, 30 Frances Street, Randwick 2031.
Video: Deputy Mayor Kym Chapple spoke to Scott Green who is a Lifesaver with muscular dystrophy at Coogee Surf Lifesaving Club and with Tony Waller, who created Project Libertas, the program that trains people with disabilities to become lifesavers.