Disability Action Plan, Emus subdivision approved

Orange Council

Last night’s council meeting included the next step around a heritage building next to the Emus sportsground and ways to provide better services for people with a disability.

Disability action plan adopted

The latest version of a Disability Inclusion Action (DIA) Plan, adopted by last night’s Council meeting, calls for a better deal for people with a disability across the central west.

The list of concerns raised in the plan for action include:

IMAGE: The new plan calls for more images of people living with a disability to be used by Orange City Council.

  • Better training for staff at Orange businesses on access and inclusion
  • Hold public events that are accessible to all
  • Provide accessible toilets in all public buildings
  • Using images of people with a disability in promotions

The draft DIA plan is set to be adopted by Orange, Blayney and Cabonne Councils.

Planning decisions

Last night’s meeting approved a DA which involves a subdivision of Council owned-properties at 84 and 94 Woodward street, alongside the Emus Rugby Club sporting fields.

The decision will consolidate the two blocks into:

  • A separate house block containing a heritage listed house, which could then be sold
  • Land for a small housing subdivision
  • And provide a 1043 square metre strip of land for the construction of additional club facilities for the Emus club.

The proposed residential lots are on the list of council-owned land which Council has asked to be investigated for affordable housing options.

Waratahs ground grandstand upgrade approved

Last night’s meeting approved a DA which proposed extra seating and lighting in the grandstand at the Waratahs/Pride Park sportsground.

The project involves three new light poles and the construction of new change room on Pride Park, to the east of the Waratahs Club house.

Council selects reps to attend conferences

Last night’s meeting chose which councillors would represent Council at a number of major conferences in the coming months.

The councillors to attend the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra are the Mayor with Crs Duffy, Whitton, Mallard and McDonell.

The meeting also decided to put a motion on soft plastic recycling to the National General Assembly, calling on the Australian government to ‘urgently implement programs that support local councils to provide soft plastic recycling’, and also to ‘support manufacturers to reduce soft plastics is their product packaging’.

The councillors to attend the Destination Visitor Economy Conference in Manly are the Mayor with Crs Power and Mileto.

The councillors to attend the Australia Local Government Women’s Association Conference on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria are Crs Greenhalgh and McDonell.

The councillor to attend the Floodplain Management Australia National Conference in Sydney in Cr Evans.

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