Bass Coast,

‘Having a Say’ about living with disability

Are you a Bass Coast resident living with a disability who would like the opportunity to have a say about issues that affect you?

Bass Coast Shire Council is giving two local people the opportunity to attend the Having a Say Conference, organised by the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with Disability and held from 10 to 12 February 2016 in Geelong.

The Conference theme for 2016 is ‘Ready, Set, Connect’, which is about people with a disability sharing their hopes, dreams, doubts, fears and connection with their peers. It not only provides people with a disability the opportunity to discuss issues that affect their lives, but to also develop strategies to address these issues.

Community members are invited to submit a nomination form for potential candidates, and Council will fund the registration fee, accommodation and a small food allowance for the two successful nominees.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said there are approximately 6,200 people with a disability living in the Shire.

“People with a disability from all around Australia and the world will be sharing their stories, ideas and achievements as individuals and groups through presentations, performances and conducting workshops,” Cr Brown said.

“We hope the sponsored delegates will come back with some fresh ideas and renewed enthusiasm to assist with continuing to improve access and inclusion for everyone living and visiting the Shire.”

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday, 27 November 2015.

Nomination forms are available on or by contacting the Social and Community Planning Administration Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211 or by emailing

If you have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service on 13 36 77 or visit for more information.

Assistance to complete a nomination form can also be provided on request.