Help develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2020

Consultation has concluded


Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us your ideas for ways council can help make it easier for people with disability to live, work, learn and visit our area.

We have reviewed all your feedback and prepared a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2020.

The law tells councils they have to write a new Plan and it has to last for 4 years. When adopted the new Plan will replace our current Disability Discrimination Act Action Plan 2009-2018.

You can have a look at both of these Plans (located in the document Library on


Thank you to everyone who took the time to tell us your ideas for ways council can help make it easier for people with disability to live, work, learn and visit our area.

We have reviewed all your feedback and prepared a draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2020.

The law tells councils they have to write a new Plan and it has to last for 4 years. When adopted the new Plan will replace our current Disability Discrimination Act Action Plan 2009-2018.

You can have a look at both of these Plans (located in the document Library on the right):

  • The current plan "Disability Discrimination Act Action Plan 2009-2018" (to be rescinded in mid 2017); and
  • The new draft plan "DRAFT Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2020" (to be adopted in mid 2017).

The purpose of this Plan is to set out the strategies and actions council plans to deliver over the next four years, to help people with disability to have better access to council information, services and facilities.

Some of the community ideas included: more accessible (disability) toilets; auditing car parks; more picnic shelters with accessible picnic tables; and more dog off leash areas (puppy parks). Some ideas we reviewed but are unable to include such as the suggestion for an accessible ocean tidal pool - even if the practical elements such as location, disability access, parking and funding were to be resolved, the environmental impediments have been described as insurmountable.

A draft plan has been developed based on community feedback and workshops with disability organisations including the PMHC Access Sub-Committee, Ability Links, NewIDAFE, Alzheimer's Australia, Bago Magic Performance Group, Riding for Disabled, House with No Steps, Disability Advocacy NSW – Disability Information Support Hub, Hastings Aboriginal Disability & Mental Health Network, Hastings Headway, St Agnes Parish, Willing & Able and Hope Shop.

The Port Macquarie-Hastings is a great place to live, work, play and learn and we know we can do more to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate.

Feedback about the draft Plan and ways you think Council can work with the community to continue to make our area more disability friendly are now OPEN.

Have your say

Any person, organisation or business may make a written submission to Council up until the end of the exhibition period. Submissions close 24 April 2017.

Have a read of the easy English DRAFT Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 to 2020 (look in the Document Library section on your right).

To share your views about the draft Plan use the Submission tab below. Remember you must register by clicking on the Register to get involved pink button at the top right of the survey and log on.

Or send an email to: council@pmhc.nsw.gov.au

Or post your response to:

The General Manager
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
PO Box 84
Port Macquarie NSW 2444

For more information contact Julie Priest on (02) 6581 8111


Want to know more or need some help?

Council staff can help you. Call Council on (02) 6581 8111 and ask to speak to the Aged & Disability Officer or email me at Julie.priest@pmhc.nsw.gov.au