Social Inclusion Week event huge hit

Bass Coast Shire Council, along with Gippsland Disability Advocacy (GDA) were proud to screen ‘Remote Connections’ on Monday, 29 November, to celebrate Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability.

The film screening was partnered with the launch of Council’s ‘Access, Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast Plan 2021-25’, held at the Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre and was attended by nearly 200 people.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Michael Whelan said that the Remote Connections Film Project was developed by Gippsland Disability Advocacy to give local people with disability a voice.

“I would like to acknowledge the stars of the film, for their courage in sharing their personal experiences of living with disability and that of their families and carers, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cr Whelan said.

“It was wonderfully moving and inspiring and what we have learnt from these shared experiences will assist us all to better understand and address the range of barriers people with disability experience in their everyday lives in Bass Coast.”

GDA Disability Advocate and Project Officer Kristin Nuske said it was wonderful to see so many people turn out to support the film.

“The event exceeded our expectations; it was well attended and highlighted the Remote Connections Project wonderfully,” Kristin said.

“While the Project showcased the Bass Coast disability communities’ challenges during COVID, it also highlighted the strength and resilience of many people with disabilities including carers.

“Our thanks to Bass Coast Shire for their support in funding this wonderful project.”

Council’s Access, Equity and Inclusion in Bass Coast Plan 2021-2025 outlines the key actions Council will take over the next four years to address the priority access and inclusion issues identified by community members with disability, their families and carers, and service providers.

“I’m proud of Council’s commitment to improving access and inclusion for all in Bass Coast, in terms of what we have already achieved and what we are aiming to achieve in the future, for the benefit of absolutely everyone – our residents, visitors and people working in our shire,” Cr Whelan said.

“I would especially like to thank our Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee members, the community members and local organisations for their input and commitment to developing this Plan.”

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