AIM for a new Disability Access Inclusion Plan

The City of Melville’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) 2013-2017 is currently being reviewed to create a new five year strategic plan for 2017-2022. The broader community, inclusive of people living with disability and carers, are encouraged to participate in the review by completing a short online survey or registering for a workshop at www.melvilletalks.com.au/reviewDAIP.

The WA Disability Services Act (1993) require each Local Government to have a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (formerly known as a Disability Services Plan) to outline the strategies in place for people with disabilities to have equal opportunities.

The City extends its DAIP to consider wider access and inclusion issues faced by the general community, including accessibility for young families and older residents or inclusion barriers for people with diverse cultural heritage including for example where English is a second language.

City of Melville Mayor Russel Aubrey said the review of the City’s DAIP was part of an ongoing commitment by the City to ensure everyone can enjoy an Accessible Inclusive Melville (AIM),

“Approximately 20% of our resident population have a disability and it is important all residents and people who live, work and play at the City, have equal access and inclusion to the City’s 200 + products, services and facilities and be involved with engagement opportunities,” said the Mayor.

“We want to have a conversation with all of our community but particularly with people living with disability, carers and family members. The survey and workshops are a great way for participants to help us identify access and inclusion barriers and suggest potential strategies to be incorporated in the new Plan.”

The DAIP 2017-2022 will build upon the work already achieved in earlier plans including improving physical access, developing inclusive programs and providing alternative communication formats. Outcomes from DAIP strategies have included providing AUSLAN interpretation at City events, universal access features for play parks, and accessible toilet upgrades.

To complete the survey or register for a workshop visit www.melvilletalks.com.au/reviewDAIP.

The survey closes Friday, 31 March 2017.

Free access to the internet and assistance completing the survey is available at all City of Melville Libraries and Community Centres. For any queries about this project including requests for the survey in alternative formats please contact Social Justice Advocate, Harinder Kaur Grewal, on 1300 635 845 or 9364 0666 or email access@melville.wa.gov.au.