Disability and Access


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Wellington Shire Council has a key role to increase participation of people with a disability in the community.

The Wellington Shire Council Access and Inclusion Plan 2017-2022 is a practical, whole of Council Strategy that will support Wellington Shire to be a more accessible and inclusive place, and remove the barriers experienced by people with a disability.

The plan outlines 6 priorities to ensure Wellington Shire Council Services are accessible and inclusive. They include:

Outcome 1: Increase in accessible programs, services and events offered or funded by Wellington Shire Council.  

Outcome 2: Increase in accessible and inclusive information and communications produced by Wellington Shire Council.  

Outcome 3: Increase in inclusive employment opportunities at Wellington Shire Council for people with disabilities.  

Outcome 4: Persons employed at Wellington Shire Council will be informed about the access requirements of people with disabilities.  

Outcome 5: Increase in advocacy by Wellington Shire Council for improved access and inclusion within Wellington Shire community.  

Outcome 6: Wellington Shire Council will actively promote the implementation of the Access and Inclusion Plan 2017 - 2022 through monitoring, reporting and evaluation.

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Wellington Low Cost / No Cost Activities Guide (Second Edition)

This booklet can help you plan fun activities in Wellington Shire.

Talking Transport

Talking Transport is a joint initiative between Wellington Shire's Transport Connections and Rural Access projects in partnership with the Wellington Regional Communication Service (Scope). A number of resources have been developed to ensure public and private transport services in our shire are more accessible for people with complex communication needs. Resources include pictorial taxi communication boards and bus timetables.

Pictorial bus timetables have been developed for the North and South bus services in Sale and pictorial taxi boards have been designed for use on the Sale-Maffra taxi services. The bus timetables pictorially represent each stop on the relevant bus route, combined with an easy to navigate timetable showing which services utilise a low floor bus. It is now easy to explain to your driver where you wish to alight.

All of the picture resources can be adapted to suit individual requirements by cutting out sections to make into key rings or credit size cards to keep in your wallet for convenience.

Mobility Maps

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 Maffra, Heyfield, Sale, Stratford, Rosedale and Yarram.

Business Accessibility

The Good Access IS Good Business guide explains how businesses can attract more customers by providing better access to a business. Focusing on four ways to improve access:

  1. Make it easy for people to find you
  2. Make it easy for people to get in
  3. Make it easy for people to get around
  4. Make the most of customer service

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 brochure.

Recharge Points

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 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 Recharge Finder website.

The 'Tradies' and Renovators Guide to Good Access (Access for all made easy)

This booklet is for renovators, builders and developers. It provides practical information about how access improvements to the built environment can meet the varying access needs of people.

Design that incorporates good access provides an environment that is safer, easier to move around and live in.

Everyone benefits from good access: parents of young children in prams, people with temporary injuries, older people and people with disabilities.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The 'National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)' provides individualised support for eligible people with permanent and significant disability, their families and carers.

The NDIS provides a flexible, whole-of-life approach to the support needed by people with a disability, to pursue their goals and aspirations and participate in daily life.

For information regarding the NDIS please visit the NDIS website.

Wellington Access and Inclusion Advisory Group

The WAIAG consists of:

  • People with disabilities
  • Interested community members
  • Representatives of community groups and services
  • Carers
  • Advocates
  • At least one Wellington Shire Councillor
  • The Wellington Shire Council Social Planning and Policy Coordinator
  • The Wellington Shire Council Rural Access Project Coordinator
  • Council Officers will be in attendance as needed  

The role of the WAIAG is to:

  • Assist Council with communication on access and inclusion matters through their connections with their communities
  • Identify and address access issues via the Access and Inclusion Policy and Action Planning process
  • Promote access and inclusion throughout our shire
  • Act as a reference group for the Rural Access position located at Wellington Shire Council
  • May take on other tasks as appropriate (e.g. Disability Access to Transport Working Group)

The WAIAG meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 12.30pm in the Wellington Room at the Port of Sale, 70 Foster Street, Sale. These meetings are supported by the Wellington Shire Council Community Wellbeing Unit.

Unless otherwise determined WAIAG meetings are open to all interested community members.  

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This page was last published on: 
Monday, March 15, 2021