A more inclusive and accessible city

Consultation has concluded

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 has been finalised and adopted, following extensive community consultation in late 2016 and early 2017. The action plan will be implemented from 1 July 2017 for the next four years.

View the engagement summary from the public exhibition period.

Key actions include:

  • construct a Changing Place at Toronto Swim Centre (2017-2018)
  • provide disability awareness training to all new council staff (2017-2018)
  • investigate options to improve access on to Lake Mac Beaches (2017-2018)
  • develop a free program of activities for people with a disability to build networks and skills (2017-2018)
  • educate local businesses on access and strategies for employing people with disability (ongoing).

View the final action plan in the following formats:

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 has been finalised and adopted, following extensive community consultation in late 2016 and early 2017. The action plan will be implemented from 1 July 2017 for the next four years.

View the engagement summary from the public exhibition period.

Key actions include:

  • construct a Changing Place at Toronto Swim Centre (2017-2018)
  • provide disability awareness training to all new council staff (2017-2018)
  • investigate options to improve access on to Lake Mac Beaches (2017-2018)
  • develop a free program of activities for people with a disability to build networks and skills (2017-2018)
  • educate local businesses on access and strategies for employing people with disability (ongoing).

View the final action plan in the following formats:

Consultation has concluded
  • Creating a more inclusive and accessible City

    almost 2 years ago
    International day of people with a disability

    We are inviting the community to share their feedback on the draft Disability Action Plan 2017-2021.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said Council is committed to providing an inclusive City that makes it easier for people with disability to live, work and play.

    “The number of people living with disability in Lake Macquarie is relatively high, so it is imperative that our planning, services and activities accommodate their rights and needs,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “The Disability Inclusion Action Plan will help steer inclusive strategic planning with emphasis on four focus areas: attitudes and...

    We are inviting the community to share their feedback on the draft Disability Action Plan 2017-2021.

    Council’s Manager Community Planning, John Ferguson, said Council is committed to providing an inclusive City that makes it easier for people with disability to live, work and play.

    “The number of people living with disability in Lake Macquarie is relatively high, so it is imperative that our planning, services and activities accommodate their rights and needs,” Mr Ferguson said.

    “The Disability Inclusion Action Plan will help steer inclusive strategic planning with emphasis on four focus areas: attitudes and behaviours; liveable communities; employment; and systems and processes.

    “Some of the key actions identified in the draft Plan include the continuation of the Ageing and Disability Panel to inform Council decisions, development of a free program of activities for people with disability to build networks and skills, and upgrades to improve accessibility at Council facilities.”

    To see what other actions are identified in the draft Plan and share your feedback, visit haveyoursaylakemac.com.au/disabilityinclusion.

    Submissions close on Monday 29 May 2017.

    The draft Plan was developed in line with the NSW Disability Inclusion Action Planning Guidelines Local Government and the City Vision developed for the Community Strategic Plan 2017-2021.

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    over 2 years ago
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  • New tactile bank notes let blind people get a feel for money

    over 2 years ago
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    The new Australian $5 note features a small bump on both of the long sides to assist blind and partially sighted people. For many, this is one of the most significant changes in their lifetime, allowing them to fully participate in society without relying on others.

    'The tactile feature will directly benefit about 360,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision' (SMH, 31 Aug 2016)

    Read the full article

    Have your say on ways we can make it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in Lake Macquarie via our Online Survey and interactive Ideas Board.

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    The new Australian $5 note features a small bump on both of the long sides to assist blind and partially sighted people. For many, this is one of the most significant changes in their lifetime, allowing them to fully participate in society without relying on others.

    'The tactile feature will directly benefit about 360,000 Australians who are blind or have low vision' (SMH, 31 Aug 2016)

    Read the full article

    Have your say on ways we can make it easier for people with disability to live, work and play in Lake Macquarie via our Online Survey and interactive Ideas Board.

  • Consultation underway to develop a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan

    over 2 years ago
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    Help make Lake Macquarie a great place to live for all

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and visit our City. To make this a reality, Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide our planning and the actions Council takes now and in the future.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council is committed to being an inclusive and accessible City for people with disability.

    “This action plan, developed with the community,...

    Help make Lake Macquarie a great place to live for all

    We can all play a part in making it easier for people with disability to live, work and visit our City. To make this a reality, Lake Macquarie City Council is developing a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 that will guide our planning and the actions Council takes now and in the future.

    Council’s Acting Manager Community Planning, Andrew Bryant, said Council is committed to being an inclusive and accessible City for people with disability.

    “This action plan, developed with the community, will help to identify and break down barriers for those with disability living and working in Lake Macquarie City,” Mr Bryant said.

    “The Plan will assist Council to effectively identify four focus areas and deliver actions that will help to create an inclusive community.”

    The focus areas are:

    •attitudes and behaviours;

    •liveable communities;

    •employment; and

    •systems and processes.

    Do you have a disability or are you a carer or service provider? Are you passionate about breaking down barriers for those with disability?

    Council wants you to get involved in the conversation to help build a more inclusive and accessible Lake Macquarie City.

    Have your say by taking a short survey and adding to our ideas board before Friday 30 September 2016.

    To find out more, contact Council’s Community Planner for Ageing and Disability, Jenny Linton-Webb at council@lakemac.nsw.gov.au(External link) or call 4921 0333.