Thursday 1st November 9:00am - Friday 30th November 6:00pm
Southern Highlands Arts Festival
Wednesday 14th November 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 14 November
Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Council has developed a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) as a significant step towards meeting its obligations to people with a disability, under the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 (NSW) and provisions of the NSW Local Government Act, 1993.
The Plan commenced on 1 July 2017 and finishes on 30 June 2021. It is for everyone with disability, their families, carers, friends and the whole community.
The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 – 2021 represents Council’s commitment to people with disability and our actions for improving opportunity and accessibility.
It outlines our plans, over the course of the next four years, designed to remove barriers and make our Shire an even more inclusive destination and place to live for people with disability.
The Action Plan sets out a vision across four key focus areas:
• Attitudes and Behaviours
• Liveable Communities
• Systems and Processes
Council invites expressions of interest for member positions from members of the public who have a disability, carers, have some professional experience or have an interest in access and inclusion. The community and stakeholder representatives are appointed for the four-year council term.
The group is committed to consultation and communication with the local community on disability access issues to support, advocate and work proactively with all organisations to address access issues raised by the community.
Reference Group meetings are held quarterly at the Civic Centre, Moss Vale.
Meeting dates for 2018
Monday 6 August
Monday 5 November
To park in accessible parking bays you must hold a mobility permit.
Read more and apply for you MPS permit here (external link)
In 1992 the United Nations declared the 3rd December to be a day internationally celebrated, to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of people with disability.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) brings together individuals, businesses and community organisations to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions, skills and achievements of people with disability.
The day aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and support dignity, rights and well-being. It also seeks to increase awareness of the benefits of the integration of people with disability in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
For further information regarding International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD)
Information regarding local celebrations to be held in 2018 will be available closer to the date.
Application forms and keys are available at Wingecarribee Shire Council Civic Centre or at the Welcome Centre in Mittagong.
MLAK Application Form (PDF 256kB)
In Australia around 19% of the population has disability. Add to this people who have temporary disability, family friends and carers and the number significantly rises.
More than half of people aged 55 and over have difficulties with mobility, sight and hearing. Providing good access to your business will benefit anyone with a disability and the wider community.
Improving access will also assist your business to meet your legal responsibilities. In Australia, the law states that customers with disability should be able to access your goods and services just like any other customer.
If a customer with disability cannot get into your building or cannot access your goods and services, they could make a complaint of discrimination.
For more information please view the flyer below:
Missed Business (PDF 527kB)
Can You Hear Your Smoke Alarm?
It can take less than three minutes for a fire to completely engulf a room and the risk of fatality increases as much as 60 per cent without an effective smoke alarm. Additionally, Fire and Rescue NSW research shows that between 2000 and 2014, 56 per cent of fire fatality incidents had no smoke alarm present, with the vast majority of these fatalities occurring between midnight and 6am. For deaf and hard of hearing people who cannot hear a smoke alarm, specialist alarms that include a strobe light and pillow shaker are available at the cost of $20.
If you live in NSW and experience severe to profound hearing loss or know someone who does, apply to receive a subsidised alarm by contacting the Deaf Society at www.deafsocietynsw.org.au. You can also contact us on; Via phone on 8833 3600 Via TTY: 8833 3691
A list of website links to assist you with more information on disability issues
Human Rights Commission (External Link)
A Federal Government website advocating for human rights
National Disability Insurance Scheme - NDIS (External Link)
Supporting people with disability in Australia
Ability Links NSW (External Link)
Linking people with disability, their families and carers in the community
Disability Council NSW (External Link)
The Disability Council is the official advisory body to the NSW Government
Guide Dogs NSW/ACT (External Link)
Supporting people with sight loss.
Vision Australia (External Link)
Blind and low vision services
National Toilet Map (External Link)
The Toilet Map provides information on over 16,000 publicly available toilets across Australia, including accessibility, opening hours and facilities, such as showers and baby change.