Have Your Say: Draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Moreton Bay Regional Council is inviting local residents to view the region’s draft Disability Access and Inclusion Plan and provide their feedback on the draft plan available online and from council’s customer service centres.

Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance and Division 7 Councillor Denise Sims have been working closely with local access and inclusion advocates in our region to launch the landmark strategy and said community consultation will be key to the plan’s successful implementation.

“Community feedback has been pivotal in shaping the draft plan which articulates a clear strategy through to 2022 to make our region more accessible and inclusive for people living with disabilities in our community,” Cr Constance said.

“Based on the great feedback we have received from the community to-date, the priority areas in the draft plan are focussed on pedestrian mobility, parking and transport, buildings and facilities, parks and open spaces, event and programs; and council services.

“This plan is being designed in partnership with our community, so please provide your feedback on how we can identify and implement strategies to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of Council’s infrastructure, services and information.

“I thank my colleagues for their unanimous support in backing this initiative and the council staff and local advocates who have poured their hearts, time and energy into this excellent piece of work.”

Division 7 Councillor Denise Sims has worked closely with the community-based ‘Moreton Bay Region Access & Inclusion Group’ to bring the draft plan to fruition.

“Simple changes like widening footpaths, installing voice recognition technology and changing the height of locks or buttons can make an enormous difference to people’s lives,” she said.

“I have been deeply affected by the stories of people living with disabilities and the difficulties they face in their daily lives. I’m proud to be part of a council that’s working with our community to step up to the challenge of removing some of the barriers they face.”

Local disability advocate Elisha Wright encouraged the community to have their say on the draft plan.

“We haven’t come as far as we have on disability rights in the last hundred years by being silent,” Ms Wright said.

“It’s now up to the people who will be affected by this plan to speak up and give any feedback they may have about the draft. Then it’s up to the community to put these words into action. It’s been a long time coming but finally the people of the Moreton Bay Region can see what they should expect in a community that is both accessible and inclusive.”

To have your say go to: http://moretonbay.qld.gov.au/disability-access/ or contact council on 3205 0555 for assistance. Survey closes 29 March.