Local Government plays an important role in creating an environment which is inclusive of all people, through its planning role and also through its involvement in community activities and provision of a range of services.
Access for people with a disability is a legislative requirement under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. The Act makes it unlawful to discriminate against a person with a disability. The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 encourages everyone to be involved in implementing the Act and to share in the overall benefits to the community and the economy that flow from participation by the widest range of people. Part Five Section 16.5 (b) of the Disability Inclusion Bill 2018 outlines the requirement for all State authorities, including Councils, to have a Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP).
Commitment 6.2 of the Barossa Light and Lower Northern Regional Public Health and Wellbeing Plan highlights the need to support accessibility for all through Council services and facilities. The key actions highlighted within Commitment 6.2 include:
- Implement Council Disability Discrimination Act Plans.
- Investigate the opportunity for a regional Disability Discrimination Act Plan.
- Integrate access considerations into urban, asset and community planning.
Kapunda resident Peter Swann enjoying the 2017 Australia Day Breakfast at Kapunda Harness Racing Club
Light Regional Council, along with the Barossa Council, the Town of Gawler and Adelaide Plains Council have worked in collaboration to develop a Regional Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (R-DAIP).
The aim of the R-DAIP is to improve access for all and increase the number of opportunities for people with a disability that live, work, play, volunteer and visit in the Gawler, Barossa, Light and Adelaide Plains Council areas.
The R-DAIP includes two main components:
- The Barossa, Light and Lower North Regional Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (BLLN R-DAIP); and
- The Light Regional Council Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan (LRC DAI-AP).
The Barossa, Light and Lower North Regional Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (BLLN R-DAIP) includes the following elements:
- The role of Local Government in Disability Access and Inclusion.
- A snapshot of the region and demographic profile.
- Overview of disability discrimination, statutory awareness and aims and objectives of the R-DAIP.
- Development of the R-DAIP and the community engagement process.
- Regional priorities, implementation and review.
The Light Regional Council Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan (LRC DAI-AP)
Each of the four Councils (Light Regional Council, The Barossa Council, The Town of Gawler, and Adelaide Plains Council) has developed a detailed Action Plan relating to their specific Local Government area. The Light Regional Council Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan (LRC DAI-AP) provides a range of actions and deliverables relating to the five priority areas of:
- Corporate Services
- Engineering and Infrastructure
- Community and Culture
- Development and Environment
The Light Regional Council Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan will ensure that our community becomes more accessible and inclusive of people living with a disability. It will help people within the community that are living with a disability to contribute to the Light region and feel welcome, have access to services, visit local businesses and open public spaces, and participate in everyday activities.
- Barossa Light and Lower North Regional Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (BLLN R-DAIP)
- Light Regional Council Disability Access and Inclusion Action Plan (LRC DAI-AP)
- Barossa, Light & Lower Northern Accessible & Inclusive Events Checklist (BLLN AIEC)
The Australian Government has a dedicated helpline – the Disability Information Helpline – to provide accessible information, counselling and outreach services for people with disability who are concerned about or affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).
People can contact the Disability Information Helpline on 1800 643 787 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm (AEST) and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 7pm (AEST). It’s not available on national public holidays. For more information, please visit their website.