Council has prepared a Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan in consultation with people with a disability, community groups, and service providers.
As a requirement of the 2014 Disability Inclusion Act, the plan reviewed community perceptions of positive attitudes and behaviours towards people with a disability, livability and accessibility and the availability of employment opportunities – as well as examining Council’s systems and processes for ease of use.
Mayor of the Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane said inclusiveness for people of all abilities was a key priority and the plan would help to guide decisions about ensuring the services and facilities Council already provides are as accessible to and appropriate for people with disability as possible.
“One of my key themes as Mayor is to build an inclusive community and the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan is a great litmus test that we are doing just that,” Mayor Keane said.
“Overwhelmingly, people were satisfied that The Hills is a safe and inclusive place for people with disabilities, and that Council services were accessible.
“Areas identified as having opportunity for improvement are around employment and training, as well as helping to build awareness and acceptance.
“I encourage everyone; people with a disability, families, carers, service providers, businesses, sporting groups, schools and interested residents to view the Draft and make comment,” Mayor Keane added.
Ways to have your say:
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan will be placed on public exhibition from Thursday, March 30 2017 until 4pm Thursday, May 4 2017. Once on exhibition it can be found on Council’s website www.thehills.nsw.gov.au under Major Plans on Exhibition or by searching for “Disability Inclusion Action Plan”. Hard copies can be viewed at Hills Shire Library locations and at The Hills Shire Council’s customer service center at 3 Columbia Court, Baulkham Hills.
If you would like more information on the Draft Plan please contact Council on: 9843 0555, TTY 8850 5622, TIS Service Information 13 14 50 or email DIAP@thehills.nsw.gov.au.
Drop in ‘have your say’ sessions will be held at:
- Wednesday, April 5 at 10.30am – 12.00 midday Vinegar Hill Memorial Library
- Friday, April 21 at 1.30pm – 3.00pm Castle Hill Library
- Monday, May 1 at 10.00am – 12.00 midday Council Administration Building meeting room 3