Capel sets new in­clu­siv­ity goal

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

CAPEL Shire Coun­cil is call­ing on res­i­dents to com­plete a sur­vey to help the re­gion be­come a more in­clu­sive and ac­ces­si­ble place.

The call to ac­tion comes af­ter the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the 2012 to 2017 Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Plan, with the re­turned sur­veys to be used to help the coun­cil de­velop strate­gies for a 2018 to 2023 plan.

Capel shire com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Donna Sims said the changes im­ple­mented across the past five years, both big and small, had con­trib­uted to min­imis­ing or re­mov­ing in­clu­sion bar­ri­ers.

“Some of the ini­tia­tives we have achieved over the past five years in­clude the pro­vi­sion of ac­ces­si­ble and in­clu­sive tech­nol­ogy in shire li­braries, im­proved ACROD park­ing bays and di­rec­tional sig­nage at all of our com­mu­nity cen­tres and tac­tile in­di­ca­tors at sig­nif­i­cant path­ways and cross­ings,” she said.

“We also en­sured the newly in­stalled bar­be­cue and pic­nic ta­ble in the Capel Civic Precinct are ac­ces­si­ble to peo­ple with dis­abil­ity.”

Miss Sims said the feed­back would go a long way to help shape fu­ture plans for the shire.

“Feed­back from the com­mu­nity will be used to as­sist coun­cil with cre­at­ing bud­gets, build­ing or main­tain­ing in­fra­struc­ture, de­sign­ing pub­lic open spa­ces and pro­vid­ing ser­vices and events,” she said.

“We hope to re­move any bar­ri­ers that pre­vent a per­son with a dis­abil­ity from par­tic­i­pat­ing in an eq­ui­table and dig­ni­fied com­mu­nity life.”

The sur­vey is avail­able at or hard copies can be picked up from coun­cil li­braries or the Capel shire ad­min­is­tra­tion build­ing. The clos­ing date for the sur­vey is Oc­to­ber 27.

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