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Avoiding tree branches and crossing the street seems like a simple task to the majority of people, but for Sarah Plunkett, of Bass Hill, it is anything but simple.
Four years ago, Ms Plunkett began losing her vision and was deemed legally blind in 2014.
Ms Plunkett said she had never realised before losing her vision just how much the disability sector needed basic services and infrastructure.
“Most of the side streets in Bass Hill don’t have footpaths fitted for people with disability, and if I wanted to cross certain intersections and roads there are limited pedestrian crossings to do so,” Ms Plunkett said.
“It would be nice to have increased braille signs installed or an option where there is audio to tell people who have a loss of vision where they are or give a direction.”
To provide a platform for Ms Plunkett, and other people with disability to develop solutions to access issues in Canterbury Bankstown, Council is hosting a number of Disability Inclusion Action Plan Community Consultation sessions throughout February.
“I’m glad that Council will be lobbying on behalf of the disability community and listening to our feedback to make real change,” Ms Plunkett said.
Administrator, Richard Colley, encouraged Canterbury-Bankstown resident living with a disability, along with their carers and supporters, to make their voices heard on Council’s services and amenities.
“I want everyone to tell us their ideas on this key piece of legislation, so that we can help make Canterbury-Bankstown accessible for all,” he said.
“I’m hopeful that our extensive community consultation will help provide us with a clearer understanding and direction of what people need and want in our area.
“These community consultation sessions along with surveys we received last month, will help Council develop a local Disability Inclusion Action Plan in line with the requirements of the NSW Disability Inclusion Act (2014).
For community consultation sessions and times go to
RSVP is essential. To register, please contact Melanie on 9789 9432 or Melanie.Hardman@cbcity.nsw.gov.au or Naomi on 9707 9464.
6/02/2017 3:43 PM