Access for All
To celebrate Social Inclusion Week (SIW) and International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) Bass Coast Shire Council is offering two FREE fantastic screening opportunities to the Wide Angle Film Festival (WAFF).
Social Inclusion Week, 21 to 29 November, and International Day of People with Disability, 3 December, encourage communities to reconnect, be inclusive of all and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.
WAFF showcases award winning Australian and international short films made by and starring people with disability. WAFF gives everyone the opportunity to see the diversity of our communities reflected on screen.
- Come along to a cinema screening of films, suitable for ages 13+, on Tuesday, 1 December from 10.00am to 11.00am at Wonthaggi Community Arts Centre (WUCAC), 96 Graham Street, Wonthaggi. FREE popcorn included! Due to COVID restricted numbers, bookings are essential via TryBooking www.trybooking.com/BNAEN. WUCAC is a fully accessible venue.
- watch the films online with friends and/or family for an impromptu movie night. Please register via TryBooking www.trybooking.com/BMRLO to obtain a link to the Program of films. The online films contain two programs, a children's program suitable for ages 6-12, and another program for ages 13+. The link will remain active until 7 December.
WAFF films are available with open and closed captions, audio description, trigger warnings and social story's available upon request from Shirley Egan tel 5671 2412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Access and Inclusion in Bass Coast
We are committed to promoting an accessible and inclusive community to enable people of all abilities to participate fully in all aspects of our community. To assist this commitment we provide the following resources.
All Terrain Wheelchairs
Council provides access to beach and all-terrain wheelchairs so people with a disability can enjoy our beaches, oceans and trails. Please note the Wanderer is unavailable until further notice.
Changing Places are fully accessible public toilets with additional features and equipment to meet the needs of people with severe or profound disabilities. There are three Changing Places in Bass Coast which are located:
- Cowes Transit Centre, 56 Church Street, Cowes: open 24/7, Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) required, no shower
- Phillip Island Health Hub, 50 Church Street, Cowes: open 24/7, located inside Hub, no MLAK required, no shower
- Penguin Parade Visitor Centre, Phillip Island, 1019 Ventnor Road, Summerlands: open from 10.00am until late*, located inside Visitor Centre, no MLAK required, shower provided, contact number: 5951 2800 (*Opening hours may vary due to COVID-19 pandemic and public holidays. Please contact to ensure access.)
The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee (AIAC) is made up of community members and representatives from disability focused organisations across Bass Coast Shire. The AIAC advises Council on access and inclusion issues for people living with disability, and helps in developing solutions. Refer to the Terms of Reference for further information.
RuralAccess is about building more inclusive and welcoming communities for all people with disability. It is funded by the National Disability Insurance Agency, via the Department of Health and Human Services, to deliver Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) like activities until 31 December 2019, as part of the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). ILC creates connections between people with disability and the communities they live in.
For more information about accessibility in Bass Coast please contact our Community Facilitator - RuralAccess on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or via
the National Relay Service 13 35 77or www.relayservice.gov.au (for people with communication difficulties) or email email@example.com.
All public sector bodies are required to prepare a Disability Action Plan under section 38 of the Disability Act 2006.
The Disability Action Plan guides Council in our actions and planning to ensure we take into account the needs of, and issues that affect people with disability in our community.
Latrobe Community Health Service (LCHS) is one of the largest providers of aged, disability and carer services in Gippsland. Click on link or call 1800 242 696 for more information about Carer Programs.
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIS) for information about the NDIS and for community updates click on link or call 1800 800 110.
Travellers Aid provides support, advice and assistance to the travelling public with special requirements or experiencing travel emergencies. Click on link or call 9654 2600 (head office) for more information.