Equity, Access And Inclusion Work Noted

Yarra Ranges Shire Council

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Council has noted ten years of achievements towards disability inclusion and improving accessibility in the community, with the Equity, Access and Inclusion Strategy 2013-2023 returning to the chamber for final reflection.

Councillors endorsed the final report for the Equity, Access and Inclusion Strategy 2013-2023 at their meeting on 11 June, noting 10 years of work and achievements, and the recent successes of the Disability Advisory Committee.

These documents demonstrate how Council meets its legislative responsibility to improve disability access and to advance equity and inclusion for people with disability.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Sophie Todorov, said that equity, access and inclusion were critical parts of Council’s work.

“The fact is, it’s a core responsibility of Government to ensure that people of all abilities can access the spaces and services they need within our community, to remove the barriers that exist and, most important, to listen and figure out what more needs to be done,” Cr Todorov said.

“I’m particularly proud of our Disability Advisory Committee (DAC). The DAC members provide important input, guide implementation and bring their lived experience to decision making, across all aspects of Council business.

“In the last year, DAC members have assisted with community engagement, reviewing our plans and strategies, provided input on building projects and masterplans for community reserves, and worked with Council staff to highlight their lived experiences to the wider community. I’d like to thank our DAC for their brilliant, ongoing work.

“I’d also like to note highlights from our final report into our Equity, Access and Inclusion Strategy, which reflects on the goals set a decade ago, to improve accessibility throughout the region.

“From including an accessibility menu on our website, improving access to community buildings and facilities, and increasing the number of Changing Places toilets, we’ve made tremendous progress towards a Yarra Ranges that is accessible, inclusive and equitable, enabling people with a disability to fulfil their potential as equal citizens.

“But there’s plenty more work to do and I’m looking forward to working with my fellow Councillors and our teams to get us even closer.”

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