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Council notes progress of Town's Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-22

Published on Monday, 4 October 2021 at 1:07:46 PM

Council has noted the progress made in line with the Town’s 2017-22 Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), aiming to provide safe and accessible community facilities, services, events and open spaces.

The Disability Services Act 1993 requires all local government agencies to develop a DAIP. The Town’s DAIP outlines strategies over a five-year period, developed through consultation from across the organisation and the community.

The Town’s progress report was selected to feature in the Minister for Disability Services the Hon. Don Punch’s DAIP report to Parliament.

Highlights delivered by the Town include the following:

  • Successful implementation of the Senior Adults Living Triumphantly community program.
  • Successful trial and implementation of low sensory hours (Quiet Hour) at Wanangkura Stadium.
  • Socially Inclusive Communities Western Australia initiative completion.
  • Town Community grants program funding the Hedland Toy Library’s Inclusive Community Collaboration project; Swiss Launderette’s disability access upgrades and EPIC Inc.’s Inclusion and Resilience Programs.
  • Update and installation of new public universal ablution blocks.
  • JD Hardie Youth and Community Hub upgrades including three new accessible internal toilets.
  • Gratwick Aquatic Centre’s new picnic area, accessible benches and new playground.
  • Purchase of sensory pop-up tent for use as a quiet zone.
  • Organisational Principles of Inclusion staff training exercise.

Town of Port Hedland CEO Carl Askew welcomed Council’s noting of the Town’s progress in making Hedland a more accessible and inclusive community.

“The Town’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-22 guides us in providing safe and accessible community facilities, services, events and open spaces for people of all abilities.

“Since 2017, we’ve delivered a range of improvements to accessibility across Hedland, including significant infrastructure upgrades and expanded community engagement initiatives to create a more welcoming place to live.

“The Town’s Executive Leadership Team, Council and staff remain committed to implementing the outcomes of the DAIP now and into the future.”

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Laura Hawes
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