Some of Port Stephens’ more vulnerable residents are at the forefront of discussions to make them feel more at home in the community.
Aiming to make Port a more socially inclusive, accessible and livable place, Port Stephens Council has produced the Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).
The draft plan is now on public exhibition.
The council's public relations and marketing coordinator Emily Graham said it was important to get feedback on the draft plan to ensure it meets the needs of the entire community.
"The DIAP outlines council's commitment to support the right of choice for people with a disability to live their lives with access to the same opportunities as all residents," Ms Graham said.
"From access to facilities and services to social inclusion, everyone has the right to enjoy the benefits of living and working in Port Stephens.
"This plan is critical to achieving positive change and creating a more inclusive society for everyone, whatever their background or ability.”
Ms Graham said while the plan prioritised the needs of people who experience a disability, it aimed to have a much broader impact.
"Becoming a more socially inclusive, accessible and liveable place will benefit everyone in Port Stephens, particularly the more vulnerable people in our society such as young children or our ageing population," she said.
"We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to help us shape the plan to date, and encourage people to have their say and help make Port Stephens more accessible for all.”
The draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan is on public exhibition until September 7 on the council's website www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au, or at the council's administration building, Raymond Terrace library and Tomaree library.