Access and Inclusion
Golden Plains Shire
Golden Plains Shire Council Access and Inclusion Committee
The Golden Plains Shire Access and Inclusion Committee was established in 2009 to provide Council with information enabling it to promote and improve access and inclusion for people living, working and studying in, or visiting Golden Plains Shire.
The Committee acts as a resource to Council on issues affecting people with disabilities including community and Council practices, which may limit access or inclusion. The Committee will recommend best practice solutions to issues of concern within Golden Plains Shire.
The committee consists of community representatives, people with disabilities, service providers, a Councillor, council staff and invited guests with expertise or specialist knowledge on specific areas. The committee is currently chaired by Cr Helena Kirby and meets quarterly across the Shire to contribute to relevant parts of the Council Plan, Access and Inclusion Plan, Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan and identify current and emerging issues within the community and discuss potential strategies for recommendation.
The committee plays an important role in the consultation, development, monitoring and implementation of the Golden Plains Shire Access and Inclusion Plan 2013-2016. The Access and Inclusion Plan provides a framework, strategies and objectives for Council to work towards making the community and services more inclusive and accessible over future years.
The Access and Inclusion Committee is a great way to be involved in your local community and to play an active and vital role in promoting disability awareness and 'Access for All' to Council and the community. If you would like to be involved on the Committee, membership opportunities are currently available by contacting our Health and Wellbeing Team Leader to discuss the application process and any support requirements related to your participation.
Contact our Health and Wellbeing Team Leader on 5220 7188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
|Dulcie Long||Life experiences with a Down Syndrome daughter and 28 years in community nursing in a rural setting give me an insight into the positives and negatives of access and inclusion
Services and programs need to focus on individual needs, and be available in local areas.
Support for care givers.
|June Cameron||For many years a physiotherapist at Shannon Park in Geelong working in a multi disciplinary team with other therapists and teachers, in Early Intervention, School Aged children and with adults. Working with families and with integrating clients into community settings whether Kindergarten, neighbourhood schools and community facilities was always a goal. I also had short term locums in Ballarat at Pennyweight Park, Early Childhood Services and at Playhouse which became Pinarc whilst I was there. I served on the Board of Scope which provided me with a good oversight of State Wide Services and the philosophy of See the Person not the Disability, and that Disability means Possibility. Not only should the community be physically accessible, but there are still access problems for people with sensory impairments, hearing and visual, as well as for people with intellectual disabilities, and with mental illness. In other words to bring about attitudinal changes so that we recognize the diversity of our community members to make it a truly inclusive community.|
|I am the Regional Manager for Scope in the Grampians. I am passionate about ensuring that services are accessible to people in the region in which they live. These supports assist people with a disability to achieve their potential in welcoming and inclusive communities.|
Fifteen years experience working in a variety of roles including disability respite , recreation , community access, community development , individual and systemic advocacy and now Senior Services Manager at Pinarc Disability Support.I would like to see people with a disability being equal and valued members of their community and given opportunities to ensure they are able to maximize their potential.
|Cr Helena Kirby||Chair of the Committee, Helena brings together the voice of the Council and the community. Working together to provide better facilities and services for all with a particular emphasis on embedding a culture of Access and Inclusion for all in Council's strategic planning.|
International Day of People with Disability
In 1992 the United Nations General Assembly declared 3rd December as a day to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. The day also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Every year millions of people throughout the world celebrate IDPwD including businesses, schools and the community. A range of prominent Australians and disability community leaders have lined up to support the day, including Australian of the Year Simon McKeon.
We encourage you to get involved and participate or host an activity in your local community to support and celebrate IDPwD. Being involved will increase awareness of disability issues in the community and assist in breaking down the barriers. One of the biggest barriers that people with a disability can face is the attitude of other people.
Events and celebrations for IDPwD have ranged from various types of sporting activities, outdoor parties, BBQs, discos, art or photographic exhibitions, talent shows to live radio broadcasts from the event.
Getting involved in International Day of People with Disability is a chance to challenge myths, improve awareness and take positive action to change attitudes. Small changes can sometimes make a big difference on the ground. The Day is an opportunity to break down those barriers and challenge people's perceptions of disability.
Information on IDPwD is available on the IDPwD website at http://www.idpwd.com.au/ or by phoning 1800 440 385.
Mobility and Transport
Disabled Parking Permit
A state-wide Disabled Persons’ Parking Scheme currently operates in Victoria. The current scheme provides for two permit categories with varying parking concessions based on the applicant’s need for assistance.
Disabled Parking Permits: Category One
Category One permit holders with significant intellectual or ambulatory disabilities must meet the eligibility criteria.
Category One permit holders are entitled to:
- Park a vehicle in a bay reserved for disabled motorists only, for the specified time only, or
- Park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable)
Disabled Parking Permits: Category Two
Category Two permit holders who require rest breaks when walking may park a vehicle in any ordinary area or bay for twice the specified time (upon payment of any initial parking fee, if applicable).
Category Two permit holders are not permitted to park in disabled persons’ parking bays.
Disability Permit Applications
An application form is required to be completed to assess eligibility for a permit.
Further information on the Disability Parking Scheme is available on the VicRoads website.
The Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) makes transport more accessible for Victorians with a severe and permanent disability.
MPTP gives members half price taxi fares, paying up to $60 per trip.
The Scooter and Wheelchair Travel Pass entitles the pass holder to free travel on:
- Melbourne metropolitan trains, trams and buses
- V/Line services
- Regional town buses
- Regional services that have a contract or service agreement with the Department of Transport.
Free travel passes do not necessarily apply to, and should not be used for CountryLink, Great Southern Railway, airport services and tourist railways. The pass holder should check with the relevant operator before booking or travelling.
The Access Travel Pass is issued for people with a significant permanent disability who travel independently on Victoria's public transport network and can demonstrate that due to their disability they cannot use ticketing systems.
Support and Services
The State-wide equipment program (SWEP) provides people who have a permanent or long-term disability with subsidised aids, equipment, oxygen and continence and vehicle and home modifications.
The Companion Card is issued to people with a significant, permanent disability, who can demonstrate that they are unable to access most community activities and venues without attendant care support. Participating organisations will issue the cardholder with a second ticket for their companion at no charge.
Financial assistance, accommodation options, community involvement and other supports and services for people with a disability, their families and carers
Centrelink provides information about payments and services you may be able to get if you have an illness, injury or disability.
They are able to advise customers about relevant payments and service options. We can also refer you to our specialist staff and other departments and agencies.
Australia-wide telephone access service providing phone solutions for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
Existing information on website.