RuralAccess brings together the strengths, resources and creativity of individuals, communities and government to work in partnership to build long-term, sustainable change in local communities.
RuralAccess plays an important role in our shire by working with communities to include people with a disability, their families and carers in community life.
RuralAccess Works By:
- Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability
- Helping people and organisations work together more effectively
- Developing and implementing projects that respond to community priorities
- Consulting with people with disabilities, families and carers to ensure that the needs of people with a disability are included in current and future community planning
- Developing easy ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and consultation opportunities
- Supporting service providers to assist people with a disability to live the life they choose
Related Information and Groups
Our Easy Access Mobility Maps provide relevant information for people with limited mobility to enable safe and accessible paths of travel and effective travel planning when visiting our region. The maps include the central business area, accessible facilities and, where appropriate, tourist attractions, for 6 of Wellington's major towns: Sale (1MB), Maffra (601KB), Heyfield (611KB), Rosedale (564KB), Yarram (655KB) and Stratford (548KB).
The Talking Transport In Wellington resources were produced to ensure public and private transport services in our shire are more accessible for all people, especially people with complex communication needs. Resources include pictorial taxi communication boards and bus timetables. See our Transport page for more information.
The Good Access IS Good Business (6MB) guide explains how businesses can attract more customers by providing better access to a business. Focusing on four ways to improve access:
- Make it easy for people to find you
- Make it easy for people to get in
- Make it easy for people to get around
- Make the most of customer service
Wellington Shire Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 - 2015
The Wellington Shire Access and Inclusion Plan 2012 - 2015 (2MB) demonstrates Council’s commitment to providing a leadership role on access and inclusion, and outlines the ways access and inclusion principles currently form part of Council’s approach to business. This is in alignment with state and national legislation and includes the imperatives to continue to develop actions that address the inequities and disadvantage that are demonstrated by national levels of inquiry.
Wellington Access and Inclusion Advisory Group (WAIAG)
The WAIAG provides strategic advice to Council on access and inclusion issues in our shire and has input into Access and Inclusion Policy and Planning.
Accessible Tourism in Gippsland
This Accessible Tourism in Gippsland website gives details of how more people can enjoy the opportunity to travel and experience all that is Gippsland tourism. Accessible tourism is about ensuring tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age.
For further information and inspiration on Gippsland’s diverse range of accessible visitor experiences and accommodation options, take a look at the Accessible Gippsland - Inspiring Visitor Experiences (5MB) brochure.
Victorian State Disability Plan 2017 - 2020
The Victorian State Disability Plan has future directives to help people with a disability, their families and carers to be better supported to access and participate in the community. The plan focuses on improving accessibility to mainstream services such as health, housing, education and transport for people with a disability, their families and carers.
A Recharge Point is a place where people can go to recharge their mobility scooter or motorised wheelchair when they are out in their community. People can be confident that they can recharge their battery when it is low and get home safely.
People say they feel increased safety, social connection and that they no longer afraid they will be stranded by a flat battery. The Wellington Recharge Brochure (932KB) tells you where the Recharge points are Wellington Shire. The Recharge Scheme is a national scheme and you can find recharge points across Australia on the website www.rechargescheme.org.au/recharge-finder