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MEDIA RELEASE - Council launches new accessible resources

11 January 2018

Community members of all ages and abilities will be able to plan ahead to enjoy a meal out with friends and family thanks to a new free accessible eating guide.

The 2018 Glenelg Shire Accessible Eating Guide has officially been released by council, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date guide on accessible local eateries across all townships in the shire.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the colourful booklet would help to assist both residents and visitors in making an informed decision when selecting venues.

“The Glenelg Shire Council aims to reduce barriers and increase inclusion for everyone in our community and this updated guide will help to assist with promoting the importance of making premises accessible to all,” she said.

“This guide takes a whole approach look at the eateries and covers such areas as parking, menus, seating, toilets and flooring types.

“Planning for a dinner out with friends can often be stressful and this new guide will help to ease this burden by highlighting suitable venues across all corners of our shire.”

Cr Rank said council had also developed a number of other resources as part of their commitment to improving access for community members.

“Along with our Accessible Eating Guide, we have also released a number of other fact sheets and displays to help welcome people of all abilities,” she said.

“Our Mobility Maps show the locations of accessible toilets and accessible parking throughout the shire, allowing individuals and groups to plan for a full day out of activities.

“Access Fact Sheets are available to community members, displaying access features, such as ramps, across council meeting rooms and other venues.

“Furthermore Communication Boards are also available at all Customer Service Centres to allow for a varied communication method. The boards utilise symbols and images to help customers communicate what services they require assistance with.

“Council is proud to offer these initiatives and resources to help enhance the Glenelg Shire’s position as a welcoming, accessible and inclusive place for all members of our community.”

Copies of the Glenelg Shire Accessible Eating Guide, Mobility Maps and Access Fact Sheets are available online at Glenelg Shire Council website via http://www.glenelg.vic.gov.au/Rural_Access. Hard copies are also available from all Customer Service Centres.

For further information on any of the above listed guides please contact Sophie Kearney, Access and Inclusion Officer, on 5522 2563 or email skearney@glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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