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DEAN To Meet This Sunday

Tags: Tony Piccolo MP / Gawler / Light Electorate / Building Communities / Living With A Disability

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  • By Tony Piccolo
  • Jan 30, 2018
DEAN To Meet This Sunday

Tony Piccolo with Evanston Gardens resident Mark Payne.

 Infrastructure improvements will make public transport more accessible to people living with disability. At the Tambelin Railway Station the shelter is a long distance from where people using gophers etc. board the train forcing them to wait in the heat or rain.

The Light Electorate Disability Engagement and Advocacy Network (DEAN) will be holding its first forum this Sunday at the Gawler Community and Recreation Centre.

The DEAN was established to assist people living with disability to influence policies and practices of governments at all levels.

The idea for a DEAN was one of the major outcomes from an International Day of Disabled Persons event sponsored by local Member of Parliament, Mr Tony Piccolo.

One of the key items on the agenda for discussion is the draft Town of Gawler Disability and Access Plan.

The focus of the DEAN is to engage people living with a disability, to support them in advocating for their needs and to provide the National Disability Insurance Agency, and other Government Departments with feedback.

Mr Piccolo said that while the roll out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme offers great hope of a better life for people living with disability, their families and carers there are many issues that are not resolved by NDIS funding alone.

“Simple changes to basic infrastructure will greatly assist people living with a physical disability to access important services,” Mr Piccolo said.

“I am particularly interested in hearing from people living with disability who find it difficult to access public transport and other services because of physical barriers.

“Invariably infrastructure improvements designed to assist people living with disability also assists other people in the community, like frail or elderly citizens and those with mobility issues.

“I look forward to working with a range of advocacy groups to provide support for people living with disability.

“The DEAN will work closely with the Gawler Business Development Group to assist local businesses to become more disability aware and to boost their bottom line,” he said.

The forum will be held at 2:30 pm in the multi-purpose room at the Gawler Community and Recreation Centre, Nixon Terrace, Gawler. Enquiries can be directed to Tony Piccolo’s office on 85 222878.

 

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