Council seeks public input into access and inclusion plan

The Devonport City Council is seeking public input into its draft disability inclusion plan which aims to make the city a better place for all to live in.

Mayor Annette Rockliff said the draft – approved at Monday night’s Council meeting – was part of a five-year plan built on community input aimed at building a more inclusive city.

“Inclusion is a long-term goal that involves removing or reducing the barriers to participation so that every person who wishes to can access and participate fully in all aspects of community life. Inclusive practices can create a more cohesive and liveable community,” she said.

“The aim of the Plan is to ensure that the full range of Council information, services and facilities are available to all community members.”

Cr Rockliff said Council had undertaken an initial range of consultation to get feedback from stakeholders and now wanted to understand stakeholders’ views on the draft plan.

“We want to know if residents believe that the plan will make Devonport an accessible community which means everyone can go to places, get around the city and access the Council services and Council information they require,” she said.

“We also want to know if residents believe the plan will help  build an inclusive  community which means that they feel their voice is being heard by Council, everyone can take part in social events and sporting and cultural activities run by Council and all have the opportunity to work or volunteer at Council.”

Members of the public can have their say online by visiting the Speak Up Devonport page of Council’s website, https://www.devonport.tas.gov.au/council/get-involved/speak-up-devonport/draft-disability-inclusion-plan-2020-2025/, where they can either fill in an online form or print and complete a paper form.

Copies of the form are also available from Council’s office in the paranaple centre.

Public input will be accepted until Friday 31 January 2020.

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Media Contact

Nigel Tapp |Media & Communications Officer |Devonport City Council
03 6424 0562 | 0427 132 972 |ntapp@devonport.tas.gov.au

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