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Courtney Peate’s Connect and Captivate team at Tweed Shire Council’s International Day of People with Disability community event, December 2022.
Council is seeking community input on the draft Tweed Access and Inclusion Plan 2023 – 2026, which aims to ensure equal opportunity, accessibility and inclusion for all Tweed residents and visitors regardless of their abilities.
Mayor of Tweed Shire Chris Cherry said the draft plan demonstrated Council’s commitment to ensuring equal opportunity for people in the Tweed to participate in every aspect of working and community life.
“Council delivers more than 50 services to our residents and visitors and this plan will help us to ensure as many people as possible can access them,” Cr Cherry said.
“Our commitments within this plan focus on making inclusion a core business of Council and delivering inclusive services and programs with partners in community, government and business.”
The draft Tweed Access and Inclusion Plan 2023 – 2026 outlines the measurable actions Council will take to create a more inclusive and supportive Tweed community across four key areas:
developing positive community attitudes and behaviours
creating liveable and accessible communities
supporting access to meaningful employment
improving access to mainstream services through better systems and processes.
“The draft Tweed Access and Inclusion Plan 2023 – 2026 aims to build on the positive and successful work we have achieved from our plan adopted from 2018 – 2021 and the original plan developed by the community in 2014,” Cr Cherry said.
“We aim to keep listening to our community and staff about their priorities and ideas for making the Tweed more inclusive.”
The draft plan is a result of consultation with the Tweed community, including people living with disability, their carers, local disability service providers, peak organisations, Council’s Equal Access Advisory Committee, the Tweed Aboriginal Advisory Committee and Council staff over the past two years.
Some of the key actions from the draft plan include:
conducting access audits to identify and remove barriers to access in public open spaces and Council facilities, including at Murwillumbah Railway Station
reviewing Council grants and other programs to ensure they are inclusive of people of all abilities
providing disability awareness training for Council staff and committees.
Complete a short feedback form on Your Say Tweed or via hard copy, available at Council offices and libraries in Tweed Heads and Murwillumbah.
Send a written submission to email@example.com or via post.
Attend a group community information session or meet with a project officer – details available on Your Say Tweed.
Kyle Sculley, member of the Tweed Equal Access Advisory Committee and Jayden, Cudgen Headland Lifeguard, at Kingscliff Beach. Kyle is using the all-terrain wheelchair with Jayden assisting to drive it over beach matting.
Photo 1: Connect and Captivate teamCaption: Courtney Peate’s Connect and Captivate team at Tweed Shire Council’s International Day of People with Disability community event, December 2022.
Photo 2: Kyle Sculley using an all-terrain wheelchairCaption: Kyle Sculley, member of the Tweed Equal Access Advisory Committee and Jayden, Cudgen Headland Lifeguard, at Kingscliff Beach. Kyle is using the all-terrain wheelchair with Jayden assisting to drive it over beach matting.
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