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New Disability advisory Committee to provide
advocacy and advice
Since it was established in 2004, the Disability Advisor y Committee has
provided the City of Ballarat with advice on issues that impact on the
lives of people with a disability, their families and their participation in
The city’s first Disability Action Plan recommended the creation of an
independent process to ensure advocacy on behalf of residents with a
The committee consists of members of the community, consumer groups,
representatives of ser vice providers and people with expertise in the area
of disability, access and inclusion issues.
Since its establishment, four committees have contributed ideas and advice
on a range of initiatives such as the Mobility Map and the current CBD
Strategy to ensure the area’s accessibility for all.
The new committee held its first meeting on 15 April 2011 and was formally
welcomed by the Mayor, Cr Craig Fletcher.
Over the next two years the committee will assist with the implementation
of the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2011–2013 (formerly known
as the Disability Action plan).
The plan focuses on seven priority areas, including: advocating for the
community, governance and planning, built environment, community
participation and connection, workforce engagement, services, and, positive
MEET THE CoMMITTEE
A Ballarat Secondary College VCE student, Tess’s
work experience with Grampians Disability Advocacy
Association led to her interest in changing people’s
views of living with a disability.
An experienced member of a broad range of disability
advisory committees, Ken would like to see improved
access to buildings, public transport and footpaths.
Living with disability for 11 years, Alison brings a broad
range of knowledge to the committee in the areas
of teaching, small business operation and disability
development and support.
A long-term committee member of six years, as a
resident living with a disability Janine would like to
see more accessible facilities, toilets and viewing areas
at sporting venues in Ballarat.
A trained mediator with 25 years experience working
in the Victorian public service, Margaret would like to
see anti-discrimination legislation implemented in
day-to-day business operations.
Operating a private architecture practice in the Ballarat
area, Vincent is interested in improved accessible
design and adaptable housing.
A lecturer in the School of Education at the University
of Ballarat, Jenene writes on disability related subjects
such as children’s play environments and learning
practices for tertiar y students.
After working for YMCA for 20-plus years, Olivia has a
Certificate 3 in Disability and is interested in a ‘village’
approach to community development to foster inclusion
After growing up in a rural town with severe-profound
deafness and minimum hearing support ser vices, Robyn
champions access and inclusion for people who are
deaf or hearing impaired.
With 20 years of experience working in the disability
sector in a range of roles, Karen has been acknowledged
in the area of disability research as a provider of best
A registered psychologist and the current CEO of
Pinarc Disability Support, Marianne would like to see
early education fully embrace the equality of young
As a mother of a daughter with severe physical and
intellectual disabilities, teacher Rebecca would like
to see improved facilities and access for families of
children with special needs.
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