A number of free events are being held in Mandurah this week to celebrate International Day of People with Disability (Thursday, December 3).
From film festivals and art exhibitions to a book launch and sports day, there are many ways for people to get involved, helping to highlight the importance of access and inclusion for all, and celebrate the contributions made by people with disability in the community.
Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams said the community had made huge achievements in access and inclusion over the years.
"Our residents and local organisations are really leading the charge in creating a more inclusive, connected community for all, and we are right behind them all the way," he said.
"We are proud to say that Mandurah is a leader in this space. Together with our community, we've made big improvements and achievements in creating more accessible spaces, places, events and services, which has had a significant impact on people living with disability."
The City has a long-standing Access and Inclusion Plan (AIP), which is aimed at making sure people with disability have the same opportunities as others in the areas of services and events, buildings and facilities, information, quality of service, feedback and complaints, public consultation and employment.
The City is in the process of developing a new five-year Access and Inclusion Strategy, and has engaged with more than 400 community members in shaping the new plan.
Mandurah has previously been awarded as the 'most accessible regional council', and the new strategy will build on this success by continuing to develop initiatives that support a diverse community, with the support of the City's Access and Inclusion Advisory Group.
The following are among the upcoming celebrations for International Day of People with Disability
- Wide Angle Film Festival, December 3 at MPAC
- Selfie Community Art Project, December 3-22 at MPAC
- Story Time at Mandurah Libraries, now until December 4
- Fishability 'come and try' event, December 3 at MPAC boardwalk
- Inclusive Sports Day by Midway, December 3 at Meadow Springs Sports Facility
- Our Bobbled Headed Nana book launch, December 5 at Lakelands Library
For more information about the week's events and how to get involved, or information on the Access and Inclusion Plan, go to mandurah.wa.gov.au