The Plan focusses on responding to priority issues, which Council can play a role in and looks at advocacy where possible for issues that Council may be in a position to influence.
The Plan adopts a whole-of-Council approach focused on building a community that is accessible and inclusive to people of all-abilities. A community where all people can feel welcomed, supported and connected, and which values the diverse needs of its community members.
The following are our achievements against The Plan throughout 2020–21.
01 — Promote inclusion and participation
- Development of the A Community for All Abilities program.
- Implementation of the EmployAbility project; Kevin Heinze GROW project; Inclusive Volunteering project; Carers Support Services & Inclusive Communities (Disability Awareness) project.
- Provided audio format for GE News
- Strong partnerships were developed with local disability service providers, including Access Inc, Marriott Support Services, Scope and Jewish Care.
- Employment of people with disabilities in Council run programs, such as the Disability Awareness in Schools Program and facilitation of the Chat n Chuckle social group.
- Partnership with Marriott Support Services by employing an Inclusion Officer at Glen Eira Sports and Aquatic Centre (GESAC).
- An accessible events checklist was developed and distributed widely across Council and community groups to assist in staging events and activities that are accessible to all.
02 — Increase awareness and help shape community attitudes
- Continuing the YouMeUs Program — promoting inclusion and awareness for Glen Eira employees and community members.
- Promotion of Access Inc café and grand opening of pop up café, which supports employment of people with a disability in the food and beverage industry.
- Celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities involving an online showcase of activities, sports and programs available through Glen Eira Leisure.
- A Paralympics Sports Day event showcasing Paralympians and Paralympic sports to celebrate people with disabilities achievements in sport.
- Providing three Disability Awareness Training sessions to Council staff on best practice for social inclusion and accessibility.
- Presented to three Primary schools and at Monash University during their Diversity & Inclusion week on Disability Awareness through lived experience of local community members with a disability.
- Provided local businesses with resources on accessible and inclusive practices.
- Promoted disability awareness through regular articles in GE News and through our social media platforms.
- Shared relevant and important CoVid related information to the disability community through regular newsletters.
03 — Create accessible places, spaces and services
- Disability Services Directory updated and accessible via website.
- Accessibility audit of Centre Road Bentleigh, providing actions for Council to improve accessibility in the precinct.
- Buildings and properties staff trained in understanding disability legislation and standards.
- Mobility map of the municipality developed, updated in an accessible format and posted for community members on Council’s website.
- Companion Card Scheme promoted on Council’s website, in Glen Eira News and on events brochures.
- Range of materials offered in large print, dyslexia friendly, alternative formats, including audio and electronic.
- New Parking Policy approved to include an increase in parking spaces and to include Senior and Parents with Prams car spaces to ease congestion on Disabled car parks.
- GE Leisure continued to provide a wide variety of inclusive and accessible classes and programs for people with a disability including Basketball Unlimited, Swim School Unlimited, Hot Wheels and Wheelie Fit.
- Consulted on all new Council building projects for best accessibility practice and universal design, such as street parklets, Carnegie Pool Redevelopment, Murrumbeena Community Hub and Bentleigh Library redevelopment.
04 — Enhance opportunities for participation in civic life
- Facilitation of Glen Eira Disability Reference Committee meeting eight times a year.
- Community Safety Plan included for people with disabilities.
- Work experience program commenced supporting young people with disabilities to experience work within the library.
- Facilitated Chat n Chuckle ABI social group ran 20 fortnight sessions either online or at a local neighbourhood house.
- Partnership with Brotherhood of St Lawrence on community capacity building projects.
- Community engagement to determine what Council’s disability priorities, planning, advocacy and support should be and how to strengthen the disability support within the community.
- Carer events, such as the Miss Fisher exhibition and afternoon tea at Ripponlea Estate to enhance friendship and support within the carer community.
- Inclusive Volunteering project developed to encourage people with a disability to volunteer.