Have your say on Council’s draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026

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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

Penrith City Council’s draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2022-2026 is available for community feedback.

Last year, Council invited people with disability, carers, friends and service providers to share their insights and assist Council in developing the Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2022-2026.

Their feedback has been incorporated into the Disability Inclusion Action Plan that will guide how Council can make Penrith more inclusive to support everyone to lead meaningful, independent lives.

Across the next four years, Council will work with partners to improve outcomes in areas, including developing positive community attitudes and behaviours, creating liveable communities, supporting access to employment, and improving access to services through better systems and processes.

Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen encourages community members to have their say on the draft Plan so Council can make sure their commitments reflect local needs and aspirations.

“Each day, people living with disability can experience barriers that prevent them from leading meaningful, independent lives,” Cr Hitchen said.

“Council has listened to community feedback about how to make Penrith more accessible, and I invite community members to review the draft Plan and provide further feedback.

“We are seeking feedback from people with lived experience of disability and expertise on access and inclusion to inform the Disability Inclusion Action Plan. Your feedback will help Council make informed decisions on a wide range of actions and policies,” she said.

Community feedback for the 2017-2021 Plan led to a range of positive outcomes including five parks being upgraded to be more inclusive and the ‘Nepean Jobs for All’ project, an education and networking program for businesses which led to local people with disability gaining employment.

The Disability Inclusion Action Plan is open for feedback until 9am Tuesday, 10 May 2022. People with disability, carers, friends and family members of people with disability, service providers and advocacy groups are greatly encouraged to participate.

Council has included a list of ways residents can leave their feedback, including online, email and telephone.

Find out more at yoursaypenrith.com.au/disabilityinclusionactionplan

Information contained within this news release was correct as at Tuesday, 12 April 2022.