The Shire of Collie has won the Excellence in Community Design Award in the 2016 National Disability Awards held at Parliament House in Canberra on 7 November. The announcement was made by the Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services, Jane Prentice.
The National Disability Awards, now in their 10th year, recognise the achievements of people and organisations that have improved the lives of people with disability.
The Shire of Collie has been upgrading facilities and building new infrastructure in the central business district to improve the amenity of the town. All of the improvements and the new infrastructure include innovative designs completed to the highest standards of accessibility available.
Improvements to the existing 50 metre Olympic sized swimming pool included a purpose built ramp access that is suitable for both wheel chair access and people with impaired mobility. The leisure pool in the swimming pool precinct incorporates beach access and various automated water play equipment.
A new and completely accessible areas multi-use 4.3km pathway meandering through the Westralia bush block provides regular seating allowing for all members of the community and visitors to enjoy the natural surrounds of the area.
New developments constructed under the WA SuperTowns programme are all designed for accessibility, including the new skate park, art gallery, central park and early education centre.
“We are thrilled that the work and effort of Councillors, staff and the Shire’s Disability Access and Inclusion Committee to improve the lives of people with disability has been recognised in this way,” said Shire President, Cr Wayne Sanford.
“It is important that we all continue to look at ways in which we can break down barriers, open doors and work towards an inclusive society for all. These Awards also recognise the incredible contribution people with disability make to our society,” said Cr Sanford.
The Awards are a major part of the Commonwealth Government’s celebration of International Day of People with Disability.
International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on 3 December is an opportunity to make positive changes to the lives of 4 million Australians.
For further information contact Julie Pelliciari, Community Development Officer or visit www.idpwd.com.au .