March / 2017

Disabled Facilities Accessibility & Infrastructure Inclusiveness to Improve

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In the latest Moreton Bay news around our region sure to benefit locals with a disability, the Moreton Bay Regional Council has now greenlighted the development of the region’s first Disability Access and Inclusion Policy and Plan.

Thanks to a motion moved by Moreton Bay Region Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance during the September 20th council meeting, the Moreton Bay Regional Council has now greenlighted the development of the region’s first Disability Access and Inclusion Policy and Plan.

The motion received unanimous support and council officially approved the development of the policy and plan at its coordination committee meeting held on Tuesday, October 4th.

The Purpose of the Policy & Plan

The Disability Access and Inclusion Policy and Plan intends to make disabled facilities, as well as services more accessible and inclusive for people with a disability, and also help families and carers of local Moreton Bay Region residents with a disability.

Cr Constance hopes the improvements will include things such as signs (including construction signs), which could be read by voice readers.

What’s the Difference between the Policy & the Plan?

The policy part of the initiative will shore up Moreton Bay Regional Council’s commitment to meeting disability facilities access requirements necessitated under state and federal legislation.

The plan, on the other hand, will clearly nut out the strategic approach council will carry out to build and create inclusive infrastructure and services.

“As elected officials, we strive to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Through the development of a Disability Access and Inclusion Policy and Plan we’ll be able to do just that. By developing these documents, council will have a framework to continue to improve access and inclusion for people with a disability across the Moreton Bay Region,” stated Councillor Constance.

Who will be Consulted to Help Bring the New Disabled Facilities Accessibility & Infrastructure Plan & Policy to Fruition?

Moreton Bay Regional Council will seek advice and input from disability service providers, local residents with a disability and other stakeholders in the region to develop the policy.

The QLD Disability Telephone Information Service

People wishing to enquire about support and services available for Queenslanders with a disability please contact the Department of Community – Disability Services on 3405 4640, or visit the Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

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