Local government elections will take place in Queensland on Saturday 28 March, which provides an important opportunity to promote more inclusive and accessible communities.
We are working to contact local candidates and encourage them to show their support to improve a range of key issues that are faced by people with a physical disability in the community.
The key issues we are focusing on are:
- Access and inclusion plans – reviewing and updating plans as needed in consultation with constituents who have a disability, or creating a plan if there is none
- Disability parking – ensuring there are enough accessible spaces to meet demand, and increasing regulation when these parks are used by non-permit holders
- Community connections – exploring how residents and visits travel from their homes or accommodation to services and venues, including footpaths, kerb ramps, crossovers and pedestrian crossings, looking at potential infrastructure improvements
- Economic development – promoting inclusive tourism opportunities and resources to improve the skills and knowledge of local businesses to better serve people with a disability
- Transport – examining accessible transport options including buses and taxis, and the connections between these options, so that people with a disability can access vital services such as healthcare
- Housing – actively encouraging developers to deliver accommodation that meets or exceeds the requirements of the silver level of liveable housing guidelines.
Resolving these issues will also benefit the whole population who experience mobility challenges including parents with young children and seniors with mobility impairments.
- 22 February to 3 March – Candidate nominations officially open
- 28 February – Close of electoral roll
- 16 March – Postal vote applications close, early voting times commence
- 28 March – Election day
Support the Inclusive Communities campaign
We’d love for you to join the campaign and have your voice heard.
- Click here to download our letter and send it to your local candidates
- Print out a list of potential questions (click here to download) and ask them at community meetings and in conversations with local candidates
- Attend a workshop (see dates below) to discuss local issues and how these can be addressed
- Share our Facebook posts about the campaign to spread the word!
- Toowoomba – Thursday 27 February
11am, Toowoomba Regional Library, Cnr Herries and Victoria Street
To RSVP to any of the above workshops, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting this campaign and if you have any questions at all, please contact us.