Have your say on Inclusion and Access in the shire

Published on Tuesday, 12 April 2022 at 3:40:07 PM

Shire of Mundaring’s Inclusion and Disability Access Advisory Group member, Joanne Martin, is encouraging residents to provide feedback to learn how to improve access and inclusion across the shire.

As part of the Shire’s review of its current Disability and Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), the Shire will develop an Access and Inclusion Informing Strategy (Strategy).

Working with its Inclusion and Disability Access Advisory Group, the Shire invites residents to complete a survey based on the seven outcome areas under the Disability Services Act 1993.

Ms Martin said it was important to have community feedback at the forefront when developing a new Strategy.

“We share this community and everyone should have equal access to it,” she said.

From people living with a disability, and their carers and families, to those with mental health conditions; culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the LGBTIQA+ community, Ms Martin said the needs of our community were diverse.

“If the community could tell us their experience or what changes are needed, this could help us to reduce, remove or adapt the barriers for them,” she added.

Residents invited to provide comment

Residents who would like to provide comment can find more information – or share suggestions on an ‘Ideas Wall’ – and complete an online survey via the Shire’s consultation portal, Engage Mundaring.

Hard copy surveys are also available at the Shire’s libraries, Administration Building, Hub of the Hills in Mundaring and Brown Park Recreation Centre in Swan View.

Shire President James Martin said the survey would take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

“The survey focuses on equal opportunity for people of all abilities; access to services and events; buildings and facilities; information; customer service; complaints; consultation processes; and employment,” he said.

“The feedback we receive will help inform the new Strategy, which will demonstrate the Shire’s commitment to ensuring it is welcoming, accessible and inclusive for all people regardless of their age, gender, culture or ability.”

All abilities can access, participate, contribute 

Ms Martin, who has been a part of the advisory group since 2019, said it was important for all residents to be able to live, work, socialise and raise children in a shire that is inclusive and where people with all abilities can access, participate, contribute and belong.

“I joined the advisory group to be better informed and be an advocate for my daughter who has a disability,” she said.

“I also wanted to contribute to my community and share my personal knowledge and lived experience of being her carer and to be a voice for others who may find it challenging to be heard.

“We are a passionate and driven group who would love to hear your experience, your needs, your suggestions and innovative ideas. We want to formulate a Strategy that the Shire can be proud of, and makes us leaders in this space.”

How to provide feedback

For more information, to provide comment or complete a survey over the phone, call 9290 6682.

To complete a survey online visit Engage Mundaring.

Feedback is due by Thursday 30 June.

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