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Disability Inclusion Action Plan



Cessnock City Council is currently developing its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (the Plan).  

The Plan will provide both Council and the community with a strategic framework for how it can play its part in removing barriers to ensure people with a disability have equal opportunity to participate and have inclusion in the community.  

The Plan will have a focus on:-  

  • Liveable communities, including improvements to the physical environment
  • Positive community attitudes and the inclusion of people in the community
  • Equal access to services, facilities and community spaces
  • Encouraging employment opportunities for people with a disability
  • Accessible communication formats that support people who have a vision impairment, hearing loss, learning difficulties and/or co-ordination difficulties

Community consultation

The project team from March to August 2016 have been consulting with people who:-  

  • have a disability and/or mental health issue
  • provide care for a person with a disability and/or mental health issue
  • are service providers that work with people who have a disability and/or mental health issue
  • are interested in access and equality  

Over 130 people have participated in the community consultation so far and this has included:-  

  • talking with the project team
  • answering an online community survey (the survey closed 29 July 2016)
  • placing suggestions on the online map (the online map closed 29 July 2016)  

Where is the Plan up to?  

With the community consultation phase coming to an end, the next step is to commence drafting the Plan.  

It is expected that a Draft Plan will be placed on public exhibition after March 2017. This will provide further opportunity to consult with the community and determine if the Draft Plan reflects what has been said.  

How can I find out more about the project?  

To enquire about the project please email the project team or telephone 4993 4118.