Bass Coast,

Funding to improve access for all

Bass Coast businesses and community organisations are improving access for all abilities thanks to a grant from the RuralAccess program in partnership with Bass Coast Shire Council and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Successful applicants in the 2016 Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations funding have now been announced and will receive $500 each to make access and inclusion improvements.

“Congratulations to the eight recipients of the grant who took the time to check in with their premises, their organisation’s programs and their immediate surrounds to identify what barriers existed and what changes could be made,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale said.

“This small capital investment has obvious big social benefits as we know that when you have universal access you have a greater wellbeing and a better connected participating community.

“It is great to see this year’s focus on addressing actual physical access which flows on from the training and audit investments from previous rounds.”

The successful applicants are:

  • Surf Beach Community Park Committee – purchase of a nest swing for installation at the community park

  • South Gippsland Bass Coast Swim Club – purchase of swimming equipment, specifically starter packs for young people with disability

  • Wonthaggi Bowls Club – purchase of equipment to enable improved access to and from the bowling green

  • Bass Valley Community Group Inc. – purchase and application of anti-slip surface paint to ramp to main entry of Bass Hall

  • Bass Coast Adult Education Centre Inc., Wonthaggi – purchase and application of anti-slip surface paint to ramp entries

  • Phillip Island Community and Learning Centre (PICAL), Cowes – installation of concrete pathway from existing designated accessible parking bay to connect with main pathway to entry

  • Ocean View Hotel, Kilcunda – installation of handrails and widening treads on existing steps from main building to rear outdoor area of hotel, and install directional signage for accessible side entry

  • Kilcunda General Store – installation of ramp to front entry

This funding program has been offered by RuralAccess since 2011 and intends to continue in 2017. For more information or to register your interest for the next opportunity, please contact Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.