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New group ready to build a more accessible Central Queensland community

Jul 18 2018

A new group is ready to build a more accessible and inclusive future for people with disability in Central Queensland.

The Community Capacity Building and Inclusion Group – facilitated by Carers Queensland’s National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Partner in the Community service will spread awareness, create opportunities for people with disability and break down barriers.

The group’s members include people with disability, carers and family members, as well as representatives from the business community, the health and human services sector, and local government. Members come from Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast, Gladstone, Emerald, and rural communities like Marlborough.

Carers Queensland Area Manager Natalie Polkinghorne says the group is an important part of their ongoing community consultation.

“This group has a wealth of experience in different fields, in communities right across Central Queensland,” Ms Polkinghorne said.

“They know what it’s like to live in our local cities and towns, and they know where we can make improvements to make our community more welcoming and accessible.”

The group will play an integral role in providing information on community knowledge, attitude and understanding of people with disability, and assist to inform the activities, engagement and focus areas for Carers Queensland’s NDIS Partner in the Community work in the community.

A key focus for the group is building awareness, respect and inclusion for people with disability, so accessibility becomes a natural part of life in Central Queensland.