Cairns Regional Council had a chance to connect and strengthen relations with the region’s disability community in a recent meeting organised by Spinal Life Australia.
Representatives and managers from Cairns disability service providers met with members of Council on Wednesday to discuss ways the organisations can work together to improve accessibility in the region and the quality of life for residents with a disability.
Spinal Life Australia’s Executive Manager – Member Services Ross Duncan said the initiative started from a previous meeting held by Spinal Life in May on making Cairns more inclusive.
“We invited representatives from Council and local disability groups to take part in discussions about accessibility and inclusion in Cairns,” Mr Duncan said.
“After the meeting, Cairns Regional Council expressed interest in engaging more with local disability groups to develop stronger connections and improved services.
“It’s great to see they’ve taken an active interest in the Cairns disability community and all involved are hoping this leads to a more inclusive and accessible city in the future.”
Cairns Mayor Bob Manning said the aim of the meeting was to enable Council to engage and share information and ideas with disability service providers, particularly in relation to the rollout of the NDIS which started in Cairns on 1 July.
“We are always looking for opportunities to expand our knowledge base regarding disability services and to create a stronger voice to advocate for improved service provision in the Far North,” Cr Manning said.
Spinal Life Australia will be contributing to the long-term accessibility of the Cairns region with the upcoming construction of the $12 million Cairns Healthy Living Centre.
The Centre, which received $4.4 million from the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, will include accessible accommodation, therapy rooms, a rehabilitation gym and training areas for people with a disability.
Construction is scheduled to start later this year.