Scoot Wheel n Move and the Maroondah Disability Action Group, are two local community groups focused on improving the accessibility of Maroondah and the outer east. Scoot Wheel n Move is particularly focused on accessibility for people with mobility aids, while the Maroondah Disability Group is concerned about advocacy and achieving systemic change.
While the two groups have a different core focus, there is much in common and combined meetings are held when there is discussion or speakers of interest to the two groups. Today’s meeting, which involved the two groups, included a visit from Bill Shorten, the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities.
Bill Shorten who was accompanied by Mike Symon, the Member for Deakin, discussed the Federal Government’s approach to disabilities including the need for streamlining information and assistance. Bill also discussed initiatives designed to encourage the employment of people with disabilities to improve equity and demonstrate capabilities.
The Maroondah Disability Action Group and Scoot Wheel n Move have both been undertaking constructive advocacy through working in partnership with other community groups and highlighting the need for greater accessibility within Maroondah and the outer east.
The ability of the Maroondah Disability Action Group to secure the attendance of the Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities demonstrates the ongoing effects of the group’s advocacy and its ability to represent concerns held by people with disabilities.