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Plan aims to improve disabled and elderly’s access to services and facilities

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WOLLONGONG City Council has adopted the Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2020-2025 and the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Policy.

Both documents were adopted by Council on August 31 and include insights and recommendations from community feedback that was submitted during an engagement processes.

The DIAP 2020-2025 outlines Council’s actions to promote the inclusion of people with disability across the community by improving access to Council services and facilities.

The previous DIAP supported improvements such as the installation of new accessible footpaths across the LGA, access upgrades to parks and playgrounds, more accessible events and wayfinding throughout the city.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said that Council has a key role in ensuring that Wollongong is inclusive and welcoming for everyone.

“Our goal is to make Wollongong a City for everyone by providing equal opportunities for all people to participate and enjoy community life,” he said.

“One of the ways we achieve this goal is by exploring and developing services, delivering infrastructure and implementing Council processes that support diversity throughout our community.

“We want to create a community where diversity is valued and everyone is included and feel they belong. The Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2020-2025 and the Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Policy both work together to create this future by outlining practical strategies that can be implemented by Council.”

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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