Council Launches Georges River Council's inaugural Disability Inclusion Action Plan

12/07/2017

12 July 2017

During a special event on Tuesday 12 July, Georges River Council Administrator John Rayner PSM joined by the Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Disability Services, The Honourable Raymond Williams MP, launched Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

Mr Rayner explained that the DIAP outlines how Council will be more inclusive for all people throughout the local government area through improved access to facilities, events, and services.

“This plan also outlines how Council will make the Georges River area, as a whole, a more liveable place for everyone in the community,” he said.

“Council is committed to ensuring that the future needs of our community are met, and through this DIAP, Council will have a framework to work towards meeting those needs.

“Also, it is Council’s vision that, with the guidance of this Plan and the help of the community, we can all work together to make Georges River a more inclusive place to live, work and play.” he said.

Mr Rayner added that over $500,000 in funding has been allocated for the next 12 months to ensure the successful delivery of this important Plan.

“This funding will ensure the plan will be reflected in Council’s business over the 2017/2018 financial year,” he said.

Mr Rayner highlighted that the creation of the plan was made possible through feedback from the community.
 
“I would like to thank all the people who contributed towards Council’s DIAP and for helping shape it.”
 
The Minister for Disability Services, The Honourable Raymond Williams MP, said Disability Inclusion Action Planning, across all levels of NSW Government, is both unique and unprecedented in Australia.
 
“It means that State and Local Governments are working together to ensure that people with disability can fully enjoy the opportunities available in our community,” he said.
 
“This plan outlines Council’s commitment to creating a local environment that better meets the needs of those with disability, improving inclusion and access to services.

“Inclusion is not a choice, it is a right. I am pleased to say that this plan will steer Georges River Council on a clear path towards building a more inclusive community.”
 
For more information about Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan, please call 9330 6400 or visit www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au.
 
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