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Community Input for Disability Access & Inclusion Plan

14th August 2020

People with disability, their carers and the wider community will be asked to have input into a plan to improve disability access and inclusion in the Port Pirie Regional Council area.

Council is preparing a Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP). This is a State Government requirement under the Disability Inclusion Act, as well as a long overdue opportunity for Council to actively seek community input to better identify challenges when accessing council services. Once these challenges are identified, Council can take steps to ensure that the issues are included in future planning.

As part of the preparation of the DAIP, Council will be seeking input on current disability access or ideas for better services for our community, via an online survey and/or a Zoom meeting during August 2020.

Once the draft plan has been prepared, there will be a further period of consultation to seek feedback on the plan prior to consideration by Council.

The plan will include strategies such as:

  • Access to built environs
  • Access to information and communication
  • Address disability needs in program and service planning
  • Review current practices to identify the barriers to access and inclusion from the perspective of community members living with disability.

Mayor Leon Stephens said Port Pirie Regional Council is committed to ensuring facilities and events are accessible, programs are inclusive and equality is encouraged.

“This is Council’s first disability access plan and we recognise that there are potentially many improvements that could be made,” Mayor Stephens said.

An estimated 2% of people or about 340 people in this region rely on some form of accessibility and inclusive support. This is expected to double by 2023.

“These figures demonstrate the increasing recognition that there is a need for new thinking about how we deliver our range of services,” Mayor Stephens said.

Anyone wanting to participate can contact Council on 8633 9743 or visit www.pirie.sa.gov.au