Budget focus to lift disability services
HARVEY Shire Council has approved its annual Disability Access and Inclusion Plan with $20,000 set aside in the 2017-18 budget for priority projects.
After a three-week public consultation period, the plan was approved last Tuesday with only one public submission.
The Disability Services Commission asked the council to promote greater opportunities and investigate new and existing recreation services for people with disabilities in the shire.
The council budget includes $20,000 for those projects that adhere to the plan and it also provides for a number of facility upgrades.
Disability access toilet upgrades were budgeted for the Brunswick Hall and the Harvey Art Gallery, as well as a contribution to an upgrade at the Yarloop Bowling Club.
While only one public submission was made, Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said the committee that produced the plan had already been in regular contact with the com- munity when making the draft.
“The committee has representatives so it has engagement with the community in the planning process,” she said.
“The disability plan is an ongoing program so people respond when they feel they need to.”
The plan is reviewed every five years by the Disability Access and Inclusion Committee which was formed with four community members who serve alongside representatives from South West Community Care, the Disability Services Commission, two councillors and council staff.