Maroondah’s Disability Forum operates on a quarterly basis to allow Council to gather input on accessibility issues within the City of Maroondah and to report on the progress on resolving such issues.
July’s meeting included a presentation from Eastern Recreation Leisure Services which works with sporting clubs to ensure an inclusive sporting program to cater for all people as well as providing an information service to allow people with disabilities to locate and access sport and recreation services and facilities.
At the previous forum concerns were raised in regard to the lack of accessible access during path and road constructions. This issue has been pursued through both the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and Standards Australia. As a result HREOC has published a list of frequently asked questions in regard to alternative paths of travel during construction works, which is available from www.humanrights.gov.au/disability_rights/faq/Access/access.html.
The meeting also provided an update on the Scoot Wheel ‘N’ Move program which is looking at improving access within Eastland as well as publishing an information booklet and the holding of an expo on mobility issues scheduled for the 5th of December. Scoot Wheel ‘N’ Move aims to identify access issues and find solutions relevant to motorised scooter and electric wheel users in Maroondah.
The next Disability Forum is scheduled for Monday the 30th of October from 10 am to 12 noon at the Ringwood RSL.