Help co-design better Brimbank

Brimbank Council knows that people with disability have the same rights to live, work and socialise as anyone else.

We’re co-designing our Disability Action Plan for 2021-2025 with Brimbank residents living with disability and their carers, and support providers, to create a stronger, accessible and inclusive community.

Working together to develop the plan ensures people with disability live in an accessible well designed community and are provided with opportunities to engage in social, economic, sporting and cultural life.

Jenny Willis is a full time carer to her son Dan, aged 26, living with Epilepsy and global brain damage, and is one of the people assisting Council to co-design the new Disability Action Plan.

Jenny focuses her time on Dan and works tirelessly to advocate for more opportunities for him.

In addition to contributing to the Disability Action Plan, Jenny is part of the Brimbank Disability Network, who meet one morning bi-monthly, and works with Council on the Disability Advisory Committee.

Jenny encourages all community members to create the change that they want to see, by taking action and sharing their lived experiences to develop the right plan for the Brimbank community.

Once complete, the plan will outline our community’s needs and expectations and guide Council’s priorities for people with disability, their carers, families and friends.

The survey and opportunity for contribution will be open until 23 August. To have your say, visit yoursay.brimbank.vic.gov.au.

Quotes to be attributed to Brimbank Mayor Cr Ranka Rasic:

“A Disability Action Plan supports access and inclusion for all community members,” Cr Rasic said.

“An important part in the development of the Disability Action Plan for 2021 – 2025 is about working together, sharing experiences and being heard.

“Council recognises that we need to create opportunities for people with disability, their carers, families and friends to assist and inform Council on their vision in creating a stronger, accessible and inclusive community.

“I encourage everyone to have their say and contribute to the Disability Action Plan before 23 August.”

Quotes to be attributed to Jenny Willis, full time carer and Brimbank resident:

“People with disabilities and their carers need to speak up to give a better understanding of their needs in the community,” Willis said.

“Change will come when you put your voice to paper and have your say.”

“I encourage all that are affected by the plan to take the time to tell your stories and be heard, this is your opportunity for change.”

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