Bass Coast,
20
March
2015
|
06:25
Australia/Melbourne

Improve Access For People With Disability In Bass Coast

Bass Coast Shire Council is calling for nominations from community members for its Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (AIAC).

This Committee provides advice and guidance to Council on disability related issues and supports development and implementation of Council’s Disability Action Plan.

Nominations for the next two year term of the Committee close 24 April 2015.

Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said Committee members must have a good understanding of issues facing people with disability across Bass Coast.

“Each day, people with disability face a range of challenges and issues far different to those encountered by most people,” Cr Brown said.

“If you are interested in issues that affect people with disability and have direct experience that could provide useful insights and advice, you may like to nominate for a position on the Bass Coast Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee.”

The Committee is made up of six community representatives and three representatives from organisations as well as Council Officers and a Councillor.

Community representatives volunteer their time but may be offered attendance at training or conferences to support them in their role.

Meetings are held every two months and include a light lunch, there is also provision for support with transport, or other support for people with disability on the Committee.

Cr Brown said the Committee recommended a range of improvements to ensure that the pool at the Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre was accessible to students of Bass Coast Specialist School as well as all the Bass Coast community and its visitors.

“The AIAC also assessed the need for an accessible vehicle and recommended the inclusion of a Turney seat in the Youth/Accessible community vehicle,” Cr Brown said.

“This provides access to people with a range of disabilities and complements vehicles that are wheelchair accessible.

“The Committee also provided input into the planning of the successful and accessible Ramp It Up event to celebrate Social Inclusion Week.”

For nomination forms or for more information please go to basscoast.vic.gov.au/accessibility or contact Council’s Community Development Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.