Join the Dis­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee

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Nom­i­na­tions are be­ing sought for com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives to join the Moira Shire Dis­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee.

The com­mit­tee pro­vides open and di­rect con­sul­ta­tion to coun­cil on plan­ning and pol­icy de­vel­op­ment in ar­eas of dis­abil­ity ser­vices and ac­ces­si­bil­ity.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Deb Cooper from Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House said the com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tive po­si­tion was a great op­por­tu­nity to hear from peo­ple with the most ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Whether as a per­son liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity, or some­one car­ing for a per­son with a dis­abil­ity, those com­mu­nity mem­bers have the day to day ex­pe­ri­ence to best in­form the com­mit­tee and coun­cil,” she said.

“The com­mit­tee con­sid­ers is­sue of ac­cess for peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, both in a phys­i­cal sense in terms of vis­it­ing com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties or shops or is­sues with park­ing or foot­paths, and in a well-be­ing sense in terms of con­nec­tion to the com­mu­nity.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and feed­back to coun­cil.”

Ms Cooper rep­re­sents Yar­ra­wonga Neigh­bour­hood House on the Dis­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee which also has mem­bers from sim­i­lar com­mu­nity ser­vices in Co­bram, Numurkah and Nathalia, pro­fes­sion­als from within the dis­abil­ity/ac­ces­si­bil­ity sec­tor and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Re­nee McCarthy, a grad­u­ate of the Women with Dis­abil­i­ties Vic­to­ria En­abling Women Lead­er­ship Pro­gram, is also a mem­ber of the com­mit­tee.

Meet­ings are held bi-monthly at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the shire.

“Com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives can pro­vide feed­back about their day to day is­sues with ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” Ms Cooper said.

“As peo­ple who have a dis­abil­ity or as car­ers they are di­rectly af­fected by those is­sues and they can iden­tify is­sues of ac­ces­si­bil­ity that other peo­ple take for granted.

“No-one has to be an ex­pert, just have the in­ter­est and the drive to be in­volved in im­prov­ing the lives of peo­ple in the Moira Shire who have a dis­abil­ity.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the Dis­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee and va­can­cies, as well as the Moira Shire Coun­cil Dis­abil­ity Ac­cess and In­clu­sion Plan is avail­able on the coun­cil web­site at www.moira.vic.gov.au un­der ‘Com­mu­nity and Town­ships’.

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