The inside info on inclusion initiatives from Bendigo Council
The Inclusive Communities team at Bendigo Council shared a range of current projects with Bendigo Regional Network members at our August meeting.
We welcomed team representative Daniel and learned about some innovative resources that can benefit anyone.
First, Daniel took us through the team’s new All Ages All Abilities Action Plan, which focuses on initiatives such as:
- Promoting mental health and community connections;
- Accessible walking and cycling paths;
- Advocating for carers.
The final plan will be presented to Council for endorsement in October. We look forward to seeing it and to discussing in more detail how this affects the community. More information can be found here: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Strategic-Planning/Strategic-Planning-Projects/All-Ages-All-Abilities
Daniel also spoke about:
- The Accessible Events Guide, which helps event managers ensure their event is inclusive and accessible for people with a disability. You can learn more about the plan at https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/About/Document-Library/city-greater-bendigo-accessible-events-guide-2019
- The Inclusive Towns project, which works with local businesses to improve their inclusive communication, increase accessibility of the physical environment, and raise awareness of disability. Inclusive Towns has worked in Bendigo, Eaglehawk, Inglewood and Bridgewater, and will expand to Maldon, Kangaroo Flat and Boort. Learn more about the project at: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Community-and-care/Inclusive-Towns
- The Inclusive Towns website, which can help you identify which local businesses best suit you. For example, you can search for registered businesses that have disability awareness training, can communicate using Auslan, have accessible parking, or are inclusive employers. The website is here: https://inclusivetowns.com.au/
- Accessible toilets, which include Marveloo, a portable, fully accessible toilet, and the new Changing Places, a permanent accessible toilet at Hargreaves Street that will be unveiled in October. More on the Marveloo here: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Community-and-Care/marveloo
Daniel also said Council wanted to promote better communication and feedback channels with the local community.
He said advisory committees such as the Disability Inclusion Reference Committee provide valuable feedback to Council. Spire encourages people with lived experience, paid and unpaid carers, to apply to join this committee when applications open early next year. Learn more about the committee here: https://www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/Services/Community-and-Care/Disability-Inclusion-Reference-Committee
We gained lots of great information from the meeting, and will be discussing at our next meeting how we can contribute to the team’s work. We encourage everyone to look at the above resources and share them with friends, family and local businesses.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 11 Sep 2019
The Bridge Hotel
49 Bridge St, Bendigo VIC 3550
Discussion and reflection on last month’s meeting with Bendigo Council
Spire at 9489 0777 (toll free 1800 999 128) or [email protected]