Bud­get fo­cus to lift dis­abil­ity ser­vices

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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