Community input needed for next Access, Equity and Inclusion Strategy

Published on 14 February 2024

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We’re seeking your feedback on how we can make Yarra Ranges more accessible, equitable and inclusive for all our residents.

We want to hear from community members with disability, long-term health conditions and/or chronic illness, as well as unpaid carers and service providers to help draft our next Access, Equity and Inclusion Strategy (Disability Action Plan).

With the current plan coming to an end, Council is reviewing the actions in that plan and developing a new 10-year strategy for the future.

Yarra Ranges Mayor, Cr Sophie Todorov, said that feedback would be critical in developing the new strategy.

“We want Yarra Ranges to be a more inclusive, accessible and equitable place to live, work and visit,” Cr Todorov said.

“One in five residents identify as having a disability, while almost 15% of people here provide unpaid care for someone with a disability, health condition or old age.”

“We’d really love to know how accessible you find the infrastructure, facilities, communications and services in the Yarra Ranges, and help us identify ways we can improve them.

“This will then show us what the key priorities are needed for the community, which we can work into the new strategy.”

Just some of the achievements to come out of the previous strategy were:

  • Design and installation of four Changing Places facilities, with another in construction
  • Creation of adaptive Mountain Bike Trails
  • Supporting the community through Council’s Pathways for Carers program
  • Improving the accessibility of Council’s website

Community members can complete a short survey or share a photo to show what areas of the Yarra Ranges work well, and what can be improved, via https://shaping.yarraranges.vic.gov.au/access-equity-and-inclusion-strategy.

Alternatively community members can also call Council on 1300 368 333 or send in a submission in writing to Health and Wellbeing Team, PO Box 105, Lilydale, VIC, 3140.

Feedback is open until 10 March 2024.