The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder has today launched its Access and Inclusion Plan 2021 – 2026, which will guide its services and facilities in being more open, inclusive and accessible for the whole community.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder CEO John Walker said the plan, which has been adopted by Council and endorsed by the Department of Communities, had a 300% increase in responses for plan development compared with previous years.
“There has been fantastic feedback and input into the plan from a range of key stakeholders, including EPIC and GIFSA, who provided guidance, support and facilitated targeted community consultation to ensure the City was engaging directly with those members of the community the plan is most relevant to,” Mr Walker said.
“The Department of Communities also assisted with modelling and benchmarking Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s accessibility and inclusion with other regional areas across the state, which has given us a really clear picture of how we are achieving these goals and outcomes.
“The modelling of access and inclusion plans has evolved, and moved away from a focus on disability access, rather taking a more holistic approach incorporating the needs and requirements of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s diverse community. This has provided opportunities for us to provide better, more targeted outcomes for the community,” he said.
“The Access and Inclusion Plan links back to the City’s Strategic Community Plan, and one of the keys will be ensuring City events, communications, activities and key services are more accessible, inclusive and equitable for all.
“Another outcome of this process is that the Eastern Goldfields Community Centre is now a registered NDIS supplier, and will continue to support the community by offering supporting services.
“This is a live document, and we will make sure we are taking steps to continue to deliver and achieve accessibility outcomes for the community. The City reviews the plan and reports back to the Department of Communities on an annual basis, making sure it remains current.”
The Access and Inclusion Plan is available from today on City’s website at www.ckb.wa.gov.au/AIP, and is available in other formats on request.