Shoalhaven City Council has launched the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for public comment. Council invites the community, people living with disability, their families and carers, to read the plan and make comment.
The Shoalhaven Disability Inclusion Action Plan will be on public exhibition for 28 days until 24 May 2017. There is a legislative requirement for the Shoalhaven Disability Inclusion Action Plan to be lodged with the NSW Government by 1 July 2017.
The Disability Inclusion Act 2014 aims to acknowledge human rights, promoting independence as well as social and economic inclusion for people with a disability enabling choice and control, setting up safeguards and where practical, supporting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability.
Under the Act the NSW Government, local Councils and other public authorities must develop and implement a Disability Inclusion Action Plan.
Initial community engagement for the draft Plan commenced late last year through the key stakeholder input. The consultation formed a basis for the plan and what was required in the Shoalhaven to support people living with a disability.
Mayor Amanda Findley invites the community to get involved, “I encourage people living with differing abilities, their families, carers and service providers to read the plan and ensure that the Shoalhaven is an inclusive and accessible City. It is important that we hear from the community to ensure the Plan reflects what the community needs and wants.”
The community is invited to view and comment on the plan at www.getinvolved.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/diap or to contact Council to obtain a hard copy. A plain English version is also available. Staff are available to support people go through the plan For more information contact Melissa Andrews, Community Development Officer on Tel: 4429 0011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.