Celebrating an Accessible Inclusive Melville

The City of Melville will be celebrating an Accessible Inclusive Melville on Thursday, 1 December with a mini expo held at Garden City as part of Disability Awareness Week running from Sunday, 27 November to Saturday, 3 December 2016.

The free event will include stalls by disability service providers and support groups including Interchange, ELBA, Wize Therapy and Alzheimer’s Australia, along with entertainment acts throughout the day including local groups Dance Inclusion, Music Rocks and Spirit of the Streets Choir.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said the expo was an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of having welcoming and inclusive communities for people of all abilities and would provide the community the opportunity to find out about a range of support services and activities in their local area.

“The AIM expo is a wonderful way to celebrate a community made richer by all abilities during Disability Awareness Week, while providing an informal platform for people to make connections with support groups that may be of benefit to them or a family member,”

“Thanks to Garden City co-hosting this expo and the wonderful support of event participants, we are able to offer the community an easily accessible event that will not only help inform and raise awareness but also promises to be great fun with a show-stopping line up of entertainment,” said Mayor Aubrey.

The City will also be hosting a Melville Age-Friendly Accessible Business (MAFAB) stand providing information on the initiative to both shoppers and businesses interested in becoming a member.  The City has been successfully partnering with Garden City over the past year to provide training and resources for businesses to provide a more supportive and inclusive shopping experience for older shoppers or those living with a disability.

Audio Clinic will be offering free hearing checks on the day and Alzheimers Australia will be on site with their Memory van, offering a friendly and informal way to find out more about dementia and support available.

Accessible Inclusive Melville is part of the City’s focus on improving access and inclusion for people with a disability and areas of priority outlined in the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 - 2017 (DAIP). The plan includes improving physical access, raising awareness through training and events, developing specific programs for people with disabilities, encouraging inclusive programs and increased communications with people with disabilities within the City.

The expo takes place on Thursday, 1 December from 9.00am to 5.00pm at the Garden City Piazza, near the busport entrance. To find out more visit www.melvillecity.com.au/communityevents or call 1300 635 845.