Being involved in the community is important to all of us and this involvement can take many forms. It can include visiting friends, doing the shopping, going to the movies, playing sport and working.
Most people take for granted the ability to go about their daily lives in the community without experiencing any barriers.
Increasing accessibility is positive for many people in our Far West communities.
The Far West Ramps project will improve access to buildings for people with disabilities to ensure the greatest possible participation in the social, economic, cultural and political life of the community. The project aims to create a truly accessible region, leading the country in creating accessible shopping and dining districts for the disabled, elderly and pram users.
The program will work with business owners from across the region to increase accessibility to their businesses by installing approved ramps and providing other ideas and examples of inclusive practices.
For people with disabilities to have the same opportunities as other people to participate in community life it is important that the services and facilities provided to the community address the access requirements of people with disabilities. Improving access and inclusion is also of great benefit to everyone in the community including families with prams, seniors and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Through a partnership with Regional Development Australia Far West NSW, Live Better Community Services, Broken Hill Aboriginal Land Council, Ability Links, Central Darling Shire Council, Disability Advocacy, and Broken Hill City Council participation in the program will be free for any business wishing to participate.