City wins most accessible community award

Published on Friday, 2 December 2022 at 6:08:59 PM

The City was recently announced as a category winner at this year’s Western Australian Regional Capitals Alliance Most Accessible Community Awards.
Taking out the Digital Technology category, the City was recognised for outstanding service to the community for the work done to improve access and inclusion at City events and activities.

The judges commended the City for developing multiple well-informed digital technology initiatives, which are community-centered and supported by established partnerships with disability service organisations.

“They have established a range of simple and excellent initiatives targeting preschool children right through to senior tourists.”

“Given the regional challenges such as staff shortages and cost of living, it is a credit to the City that so many initiatives have been realised,” the judges said.

A particular highlight was the City’s sensory sessions and pop-up virtual experiences, including event storyboards, which were described as innovative and inclusive.

To mark this year’s International Day of People with Disability, the City has reviewed and enhanced its 2021-2026 Access and Inclusion Plan.

Mayor John Bowler said a review of the existing plan was needed to ensure the City is staying up-to-date with current best practices for accessibility and inclusion.
“We have a diverse community with a wide range of needs, and we are committed to fostering independence for those of all abilities.”

“Our priority is to ensure services and facilities are open, inclusive and accessible to everyone, so all can actively participate and take advantage of the opportunities offered here.”

‘The Plan outlines strategies and actions to assist us in removing barriers and further creating a city where everyone can enjoy the same experiences,” Mayor Bowler said.

The City has donated the $500 award prize money to local service providers, Goldfields Individual and Family Support Association (GIFSA) and Empowering People in Communities (EPIC) Incorporated Kalgoorlie.

The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s 2021-2026 Access and Inclusion Plan is available via the link below. 

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Mayor John Bowler receiving MACWA Award on stage

GIFSA and EPIC Representatives receive donation from the City

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