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Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Council on the 7 June 2017, adopted its Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2017-2021).  

In developing the Plan, 160 people from the community engaged in the consultation process.   

The Plan guides Council for how it can be responsive to the needs of people with a disability living and visiting the Cessnock Local Government Area.

The Plan comprises four focus areas and they are:- 

  1. Develop positive community attitudes and behaviours
  2. Create liveable communities
  3. Support access to meaningful employment
  4. Improve access to services through better systems and processes

Each of the four focus areas contain a number of actions.

For more information contact Council's Community and Cultural Engagement Section on 49934100.

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Accessible and Inclusive Event Practice Guide 

Council has developed a practice guide to assist event organisers plan accessible and inclusive community events. The guide provides an overview of some of the access measures and considerations that can be implemented to ensure people with disability can participate.

Accessible and Inclusive Event Practice Guide 

If you have any questions about the guide, or require it in another format, please contact Council's Community and Cultural Engagement Section on 02 4993 4100.

 

Access and Council's Cultural Facilities

One of the goals of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (2017-2021) is the community is aware of the access supports available at Council owned facilities. There have been a range of accessibility measures implemented at Council owned facilities that aim to reduce barriers and increase participation. The table below provides an overview of the accessibility provisions that exist at Council’s community and cultural facilities. Please contact the facilities directly for any further detail.

 Cultural Facility Accessible Parking  Accessible Pathways Accessible Entrance Accessible Toilet Notes
Marthaville Arts & Cultural Centre  No No Yes No
  • Clear opening width of door to rooms of cottage under 850mm
  • On site toilet cubicle with handrails

Cessnock Performing Arts Centre (CPAC)

 Yes Yes Yes  Yes

  • CPAC also has a hearing loop system and braille signage
Cessnock Regional Art Gallery  No Yes Yes No
  • There is level access from the car park to the side entry
  • There is a door bell for side entry access (prams, wheelchairs, walkers)
Wollombi Cultural Centre  No Yes Yes No
  • There is level access from the car park to the front entry ramp
  • On site toilet cubicle with handrails 
Cessnock Youth Centre Outreach Service (CYCOS)  Yes Yes  Yes Yes
  • Clear opening width of door to CYCOS office and kitchen under 850mm
Kurri Kurri Library  Yes Yes Yes No
  • On site toilet cubicle with handrails
  • Clear opening width of  door to meeting room under 850mm with steep ramp entry
Cessnock Library  Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • Clear opening width of door to accessible toilet under 850mm
  • Cessnock Library plans to install a lift in 2019/2020
Richmond Vale Railway Museum  No No No No