Following feedback from public consultation and a survey conducted earlier this year, Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC), has prepared a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for public exhibition from Wednesday 3 May until close of business on Wednesday 31 May. The draft will be available at Council’s Administration Centre during business hours. Community members will also be able to view the draft at Werris Creek and Quirindi libraries and the Home Support Services in Werris Creek, Quirindi and Willow Tree.
“The draft plan has been developed to assist in improving the lives of people with disabilities within the LPSC area. It also aims towards creation of a fully inclusive society for all segments of our community,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“The primary objectives of the draft plan are to set out the strategies and actions that Council will deliver over the next 4 years to enable people with a disability to have greater access to Council information, facilities and services.
“Members of the community can respond to the draft, via written submission addressed to the General Manager LPSC, up until 4.30pm on Wednesday 31 May,” he said.
“There is a need to develop a shared understanding of what it means to make life equitable for people with a disability given that one in three people has or is close to someone with a disability,” he continued.
“The draft outlines types of disabilities, where the plan fits in relation to legislation, strategy and policy, the Shire’s demographics, the purpose for the plan, the process for development and implementation, the consultation process, the results from the community survey on the issue and what is important to our community.
“It also discusses creating an inclusive community and strong economy, creating liveable communities, improving systems and processes, funding the plan and management of risks.
“It is envisaged that the Plan will assist in the management of Council’s resources through the incorporation of appropriate linkages to the Community Strategic Plan,” he said.
“I’d like to thank the community members who contributed through the consultation/survey period and the LPSC staff who have produced a really comprehensive Action Plan. I encourage all interested persons to have a look at the draft while it is on public exhibition and if desired, to present a submission that will be further considered by Council,” Councillor Hope concluded.