New disability plan adopted by Leeton Shire Council

MOVING around Leeton can be alright for some, bit for residents with a disability it can become more difficult. 

Taking a tour of the town’s main street can show some of the disparities between what an able-bodied resident can easily do compared to someone with a disability. 

Leeton Shire Council has been working towards enacting a plan to help deal with these kinds of issues.

It recently adopted its Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Under the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 each local government council to develop such a plan, which will come into effect from July 1.

In her report to council, manager library, culture and community Penny Davies said the plan was required to show evidence of engagement with the community and, more specifically, people who have a disability.

“Extensive consultation was undertaken and feedback gathered from a range of different key stakeholders in order to prepare the plan,” she said.

As part of the plan, mayor Paul Maytom said it was crucial more was done to help those with a disability in Leeton shire. 

”(This will ensure) council advocates for the development of positive community attitudes and behaviours towards people with a disability,” councillor Maytom said. 

“Council is committed to supporting the development of more liveable communities, supporting access to meaningful employment opportunities and improving access to services through better systems and processes for people in our community living with a disability.”

He said while there was no immediate financial implications as a result of the adoption of the plan, in time council may determine to undertake actions to establish universal access in facilities and to enhance engagement for people with a disability.

“This would need to be determined on a case-by-case basis and often would be achieved through securing grant monies for identified projects,” councillor Maytom said.

“Council will explore any funding opportunities deemed relevant and within the scope of the plan.” The plan will be reviewed in 2021.