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Welcome to the Glenelg Shire Council

What is Rural Access?

Rural Access is an initiative which supports rural and regional communities to plan and develop strategies which will increase community membership and participation opportunities for people with a disability.

Rural Access has been established as a partnership between the Department of Human Services, Disability Services Branch, Local Government Authorities and community health services.

Rural Access workers have a responsibility to plan and develop initiatives across the full range of community infrastructure including education and training, transport, health, accommodation and housing, physical access planning, communication and information, sport, recreation and the arts.

How does Rural Access work?

Rural Access assists the community to include people with a disability and their parents and carers by:

  • Helping people and organisations to work more effectively together.
  • Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability.
  • Developing and implementing projects that respond to needs and community priorities.
  • Ensuring that the needs of people with disabilities are included in community planning.
  • Supporting service providers to assist people with a disability to live the sort of life they choose.
  • Developing easy ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and issues.

Information and Services available













Accessible Accommodation Guides
Guides for the Glenelg Shire region available here
Accessible Meeting Rooms
Suitable locations around the Shire.
Most of the Council buildings in the Glenelg Shire provide accessible meeting Spaces. However to assist you, we have developed a fact sheet to with choosing the meeting space for your needs
Download the Access Fact Sheets here
Accessible Eating Guide
Guide that lists eateries in the Glenelg Shire that have volunteered an access appraisal for their premises.

Visit the webpage for further information
Assistance Animals
Glenelg Shire Council Respects the rights of owners with assistance animals to full access to the community.
Visit the webpage for further information








Beach Wheelchairs
A beach wheelchair is available for free hire and access to beaches within the Shire.
For further information and application
Mobility Map
Map to accessible toilets and parking bays in the Glenelg Shire.
The Glenelg Shire Council Mobility Map provides information about access and public facilities for people with limited mobility.
This includes parking and public toilets by township.
Click here to download the Mobility Map
Scooter Recharge Scheme
Locations of recharge points in the Glenelg Shire.
Visit the webpage for further information
One and all inclusive Events
Glenelg Shire Council encourages you to improve accessibility to your event by becoming an One & All Inclusive Event, which is an event endorsed by the Rural Access program. .
For more information on the Inclusive Event Program click here








Communications Boards
Communication Boards are available at all of our Customer Service Centres to allow for a varied communication method.
For further information
National Relay Service
Glenelg Shire Council are NRS Friendly if you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment contact us.
For more information visit the National Relay website
Concession Cards
There are a range of concession cards available to the community including the Carers Card, Companion Card, Seniors Card and Can't Wait Card.
For more information on the cards
Disability Action Plan
Glenelg Shire endeavours to look at our municipality as a whole from the perspective of people with disabilities. The shires objective has been to improve the physical and social environment of our shire for residents with a disability.
Click here to download the Action Plan

Rural Access is funded by the Department of Human Services to provide full coverage of Rural and Regional Victoria. A Rural Access worker covers the Glenelg Shire Region. The Glenelg Shire’s Rural Access position is under the auspices of Glenelg Shire Council.

Contact Details

Sophie Kearney
Access & Inclusion Officer

Phone: (03) 5522 2563
Mobile: 0429 204 965
Fax: (03) 5522 2290
TTY: (03) 5522 2377

You can email Sophie at skearney@glenelg.vic.gov.au

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