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A more inclusive CBCity

A more inclusive CBCity Twenty staff members at the City of Canterbury Bankstown recently completed Auslan Training, as part of continued efforts to implement key actions in Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP). No  

Twenty staff members at the City of Canterbury Bankstown recently completed Auslan Training, as part of continued efforts to implement key actions in Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

During the seven-week course, staff members learnt the alphabet, numbers, simple phrases and greetings, and how to sign amounts of money. The second session, for another 20 staff members, will commence later this year.

The DIAP sets out practical steps Council needs to take, to promote equal rights and improve opportunities for residents living with disability. Other actions completed in the first half of this year include:

  • Completing a new Inclusion and Awareness Guide for Council staff and volunteers, providing information and instruction on being inclusive of people with disability;
  • Participating in the Advisory Panel to develop ‘Everyone Can Play’ guidelines in partnership with the Office of Open Space and Parklands, which aims to make play spaces inclusive, regardless of size;
  • Hosting the Wellness Festival, which showcased more than 30 different mental health services in Canterbury-Bankstown and attracted more than 500 visitors;
  • Commencing design for an accessible mobile change facility, to be constructed in the next financial year;
  • Providing training for 22 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community leaders, to help educate them on disability inclusion and awareness; and
  • Hosting a Zero Barriers information session, which educated local businesses on employing and providing services for people with disability.

Mayor Khal Asfour said the DIAP was developed following extensive consultation with people with disability, their supporters, services and other residents.

"Our residents told us we need to improve our communication; better educate our community leaders; make our City more accessible and liveable; and advocate for equal employment," he said.

"We have more than 23,000 residents who need help in their day-to-day lives, due to disability, which is almost seven per cent of our population.

"It’s vital our City is a place where all our residents feel at home and our visitors love coming to."

There are several programs, events and initiatives, which form part of the DIAP, yet to come. Over the next six months, Council will:

  • Support the 22 CALD community leaders deliver disability inclusion and awareness training to their respective communities, beginning next month;
  • Open the City’s first all-abilities playground, at Bankstown City Gardens;
  • Host a Zero Barriers awards night, to recognise businesses which have successfully employed and provided serviced to people with disability;
  • Train Children Services staff, to help them provide better services to children with Autism;
  • Open student placement and work experience roles, specifically for people with disability;
  • Host a range of activities, including a film festival, for Mental Health Month in October; and
  • Support free seminars, aimed at showing disability-sector workers different ways of teaching children, and their families, with disability.

For more information about the DIAP, visit

 26/06/2018 2:44 PM