Next chance to have your say on access and inclusion in Moreton Bay

17 May 2017

Disability access and inclusion media release
(L-R) Local Disability Advocate and Murrumba Downs resident Elisha Wright, Division 10 Councillor Matt Constance, and Division 7 Councillor Denise Sims.

Moreton Bay Regional Council is encouraging residents to get involved and have their say in the next stage of community consultation for the development of council’s very first ‘Disability Access and Inclusion Plan’.

Once finalised, the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will clearly set out council’s strategic approach to bettering access in the region for the very first time, exploring practical ways to continue to improve the accessibility of council’s infrastructure, services and information moving forward.

Council’s Lifestyle and Amenity Spokesperson, Councillor Matt Constance encouraged residents to get involved in the second stage of community consultation by registering for one of seven free focus groups being held across the region from 22 May - 8 June 2017 or participating in council’s online survey which had been extended until 5pm, Wednesday 31 May 2017.

“We’re committed to ensuring residents of all abilities are able to enjoy a vibrant lifestyle full of opportunities within the Moreton Bay Region, with equal access to council’s services and infrastructure,” Cr Constance said.

“The drafting of council’s inaugural Disability Access and Inclusion Plan will allow us to take a good look at the services, infrastructure and information council has in place now, and identify what actions we can take moving forward to improve accessibility and inclusiveness for residents of all abilities in our region.

“To help inform the Plan, we want to understand the needs and issues most important to the Moreton Bay community when it comes to access and inclusion.

“Importantly, this exercise isn’t just about focusing on the experiences of residents with physical disabilities, but council would also like to hear from residents or carers of persons with non-physical disabilities as well, so that we can ensure our plan is as diverse as possible and delivers long-lasting benefits for our entire community.”

Councillor for Division 7, Denise Sims, who is part of the internal council committee spearheading the development of the Disability Access and Inclusion frameworks, said she encouraged residents to register for a focus group in their community, or share their feedback via council’s online survey.

“We’re encouraging as many residents as possible to get involved in the second stage of community consultation and help shape the drafting of council’s first Disability Access and Inclusion Plan,” Cr Sims said.

“We particularly want to hear from residents with disabilities - including both physical and non-physical disabilities - in addition to their friends, family and carers, health care professionals and disability organisations.

“You can get involved by taking part in council’s online survey or registering for one of seven free focus groups which will be held throughout May and June in Redcliffe, Deception Bay, Bunya, North Lakes, Lawnton, Bribie Island and Caboolture.

“We want to ensure the Moreton Bay Region is a great place to live, work and play for residents of all abilities. I look forward to delivering this plan and seeing it in action for our community.”

Register for a focus group

Council has engaged disability advocacy group ‘Community Resource Unit’ to host the focus groups on behalf of council. For more information or to register for a focus group visit our disability access and inclusion page.

Focus groups
Date Time Location
Monday, 22 May 2017 9.00am - 12.00noon Winton Room, Redcliffe Cultural Centre - Downs Street, Redcliffe 
Monday, 22 May 2017 1.30pm - 4.30pm Main Hall, Deception Bay Community Hall - 38 Bayview Terrace, Deception Bay
Friday, 2 June 2017 9.00am - 12.00noon Lower level, Pine Hills Football Club (old Bunya Sports Club building) - Pine Hills Drive, James Drysdale Reserve, Bunya
Friday, 2 June 2017 1.30pm - 4.30pm Meeting Room 2, Community Centre, The Corso - 10 The Corso, North Lakes
Saturday, June 3 2017 9:30am - 12:30pm The Salvation Army Pine Rivers Corps - 27-29 Lawnton Pocket Road, Lawnton
Thursday, June 8 2017 9.00am - 12.00noon Conference Room, Level 1, Bribie Island RSL - 99 Toorbul Street, Bongaree
Thursday, June 8 2017 1:30pm - 4:30pm Seminar Room, Level 1, Caboolture Hub - 4 Hasking Street, Caboolture

There are several ways residents can take part in council’s ‘Disability Access and Inclusion’ survey:

  • Complete a survey online or download a hard copy from council’s website
  • Complete the survey over the phone by calling council on (07) 3205 0555 and requesting to speak with a Community & Cultural Programs Officer. 
If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact Council through the National Relay Service. For more information visit www.relayservice.gov.au or National Relay Service Voice or TTY: 1800 555 660

If you require an interpreter, assistance is available through the Translating and Interpreter Service (TIS). Interpreter assistance is available in 160 languages and dialects. To use an interpreter, please phone 131 450.

For more information visit our disability access and inclusion or contact Council’s Community & Cultural Programs Team by emailing communityprograms@moretonbay.qld.gov.au

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