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Helping to create a more inclusive community

Helping to create a more inclusive community

Published:
Friday 2 September 2022

Nine local businesses and community organisations are improving access for people with disability, with up to $1000 in funding from Bass Coast Shire Council’s Building Disability Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grants Program.

The funding will be used to make access and inclusion improvements to buildings, services and/or activities.

The successful applicants are:

  • Bass Coast Adult Learning auspice for Kate Harmon – Beyond the Lens Photography, photographic book and story of achievement by a local photographer with disability
  • San Remo Osteopathy – accessible chairs for waiting room
  • Anglican Parish of Bass, Phillip Island – extension of existing pathway to connect to main pathway networks to building onsite
  • Wonthaggi Neighbourhood Centre at Mitchell House Inc, auspice for the Harvest Centre – external and internal rubber wedge ramps at main entry for wheelchair access to Harvest Centre
  • Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club Inc – Starfish Nippers specialised equipment for aquatic program for youth with disability
  • Cowes Yacht Club – internal rubber wedge ramp between main rooms inside Clubhouse to provide wheelchair access
  • National Vietnam Veterans Museum Ltd – pathway extension (and accessible drop off/pick up Zone) from car park to main entry of Museum
  • Bear Street Gallery, Inverloch – internal rubber wedge ramp from gallery to café for wheelchair access
  • Bluette Café, Inverloch – internal rubber wedge ramp from café into gallery for wheelchair access

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said the annual Grants Program provides a wonderful opportunity for businesses and community groups to ensure their facilities and services can be utilised by more people, with a wider range of abilities.

“Congratulations to the recipients of the funding, who are committed to making their business or group more accessible and inclusive for people with disability,” Cr Whelan said.

“We know that a healthy community is one that provides everyone with the opportunity to participate, connect and contribute, which is why these small investments can make a huge difference.

“People with disability are often faced with barriers that prevent them from participating in everyday life, so it is fantastic to see the response to this Program, from businesses and community groups dedicated to reducing these barriers,” Cr Whelan concluded.

For more information please contact Council’s Access and Healthy Ageing Officer on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211. If you are deaf and/or find it hard hearing or speaking with people who use a phone please contact Council via the National Relay Service on https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/media-communications-arts/phone/services-people-disability/accesshub/national-relay-service.