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Lord Mayor delivers Access and Inclusion Plan

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced Brisbane is a step closer to achieving universal inclusion and access for residents and visitors, with the launch of the Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017.

The Lord Mayor said $9 million per year would be spent implementing the plan that has a whole-of-Council approach to achieving equitable access and formed the blueprint of his commitment to making Brisbane an inclusive and accessible city.

Key initiatives of the plan also include up to $400,000 in funding for local community groups and the rollout of All Abilities play equipment in 33 parks across every Brisbane Ward.

“The ambitious but achievable goals outlined in this plan reaffirm Brisbane’s standing as Australia’s new world city,” Cr Quirk said.

“It is about universal access and inclusion - so that everyone can easily use public facilities, participate in Council programs and receive full benefits from our local government services.”

“It is also about boldly confronting some myths about disability. The reality is that more than 18% of us have some form of disability and most of us will have some form of impairment at some point in our lives.

“Better access and inclusion will benefit all Brisbane residents and visitors – and, in particular, those with a disability or chronic illness, people experiencing temporary impairment, seniors, parents with young children and associated family, friends and carers.”

“In presenting this plan, I would like to acknowledge members of the Access Brisbane Reference Group who provided feedback on the draft plan and advised on our community consultation process. They are some of Brisbane’s most experienced community advocates and I am thankful for their contribution.”

Through the Access and Inclusion Plan, 33 parks across Brisbane will have all abilities play equipment installed as part of a holistic approach to park upgrade and development. 

Meanwhile, local community groups will also benefit from a $400,000 grants program, helping them undertake a diverse range of projects to make Brisbane more accessible and inclusive. 

These can include accessibility enhancements for a facility; supporting new community spaces, reducing social isolation, inclusion in mainstream sport and social activities, addressing community attitudes or raising community awareness. 

Grants under the Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program will range from $2,000 to $50,000. Applications will open on February 6 and close on April 16, 2012.

Full List of Parks:
1. Bill Brown Sports Reserve
2. New Farm Park
3. Carindale Recreation Reservee
4. Mulbeam Park
5. Preston Road Park
6. Upper Kedron Recreation Reserve
7. Kalinga Park
8. Glindemann Park
9. Lorikeet Park
10. Karawatha Forest Park 
11. Svoboda Park
12. D.M.Henderson Park
13. 7th Brigade Park 
14. Grinstead Park
15. Kenna Street Park 
16. Mortimer Road Park
17. Bulimba Riverside Park
18. Hawthorne Park
19. Perth St Park
20. ARC Hill Park
21. The Lake Parklands
22. The Rafting Ground Park
23. Nixon Park 
24. Brisbane Corso Park
25. Orleigh Park
26. Dutton Park
27. Woolcock Park
28. Anzac Park
29. Milton Park
31. Broadwater Picnic Ground Park
32. Drevesden Park
33. George Clayton Park
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