Shire launches Disability Access and Inclusion Plan

Published on Thursday, 20 July 2023 at 9:17:46 AM

The Shire of Murray has launched its new Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP), which will guide the organisation’s efforts to ensure the community is increasingly accessible to and inclusive of people with disability, their families and carers.

Shire President, Councillor David Bolt, said the DAIP sets out how the Shire will build an even more inclusive and connected community.

“As a Council, we are committed to ensuring our facilities, services, events and interactions are accessible and welcoming,” said Councillor Bolt. 

“It is important to us that people with disability have the same opportunities, and can access the full range of services, facilities and information as other people in the community. This plan acts as a road map for how we will do that.

“We have already made good progress since our first DAIP in 1995, but there is more to do and I am confident that this plan sets us up for success,” he added.

The DAIP was developed in partnership with the Murray Aged, Access and Inclusion Group, Shire stakeholders and the broader community. It aims to make considerable progress through seven outcome areas. These include events, buildings, information, services, complaints, consultation and employment.

Actions are already underway, with the installation of speech transfer systems at the Shire of Murray Administration Office and Civic Centre Box Office. The system’s microphones and speakers assists those with hearing loss by improving two-way communication where sound is impaired by windows or security screens.

“Thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute in the development of this plan. You have played a critical part in making where we live and work even better,” added Councillor Bolt.

The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, including audio and easy English versions, are available here. Braille versions are also available.

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