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Have Your Say on Draft Disability Access & Inclusion Plan

8th October 2020

People with disability, their carers and the wider community are being encouraged to provide feedback on a draft plan to improve disability access and inclusion in the Port Pirie Regional Council area.

Council has prepared a draft Disability Access & Inclusion Plan (DAIP). The draft Plan has been prepared based on community input via a public forum, online and hard copy survey and direct contact with those living with a disability, their carers and service providers.

The responses contained clear messages and themes including:

  • Getting to know more about the disability sector;
  • Raising community awareness of the challenges faced;
  • Reviewing the condition of footpaths, accessible car parks, public toilets and council buildings.

Council seeks feedback on the draft DAIP prior to its adoption at the October Council Meeting.

A survey is available until 5.00pm Monday 19 October 2020 and it can be accessed at the Council website:

www.pirie.sa.gov.au/noticeboard/consultation

or in hard copy from the Council Administration Centre (115 Ellen Street, Port Pirie); Crystal Brook Office (Bowman Street, Crystal Brook); Port Pirie Library (3 Wandearah Road, Port Pirie) and Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre (3 Mary Elie Street, Port Pirie).

Mayor Leon Stephens said Council recognises in its preparation of our first DAIP that there is potential for many improvements in disability access.

“Although it is part of the requirements set by the SA Government under the Disability Inclusion Act, it was a long overdue opportunity for Council to actively seek input from the community to better identify their challenges when accessing council services so that Council can take steps to ensure that the issues are included in future planning. It’s essential that facilities and events are accessible and that our programs are inclusive at every opportunity. We look forward to working with the community to bring about the best possible outcomes” Mayor Stephens said.

For more information on how to have your say, visit www.pirie.sa.gov.au.