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Disability, access and inclusion

Castlemaine Library Entrance September 2010

Council works to reduce disadvantage and exclusion of people with disabilities. Our focus is on a holistic, long term and sustainable change.

Council achieves this by:

  • working to increase community awareness
  • bringing together a broad range of stakeholders in supporting change
  • working in partnership on local area planning and development to reduce the exclusion of people with disabilities
  • developing partnerships and projects that respond to local needs and priorities.

Locality access maps

Maps are available to guide you around Castlemaine, Maldon, Newstead and Harcourt. The maps are designed to support local residents and visitors with limited mobility, including those in wheelchairs, on walking frames, gophers and even those using prams to get around the towns.

They include features such as accessible parking, toilets, parks and other points of interest and have been designed to enhance community inclusion and participation for people with a disability. Information about local transport and services for people with disabilities is also featured.

The maps can be downloaded below. Hard copies of these maps are available at the Castlemaine and Maldon Visitor Information Centres. The maps will also be made available in text versions in the future.

Visit the National Toilet Map website to find a toilet including accessible toilets near you.

Disabled parking permits

People with a disability can apply for a free accessibility persons parking permit from our Council.

Community Wellbeing Bus

Council’s new Community Wellbeing Bus, named ‘Peggy’, will provide a way for people who don’t have access to transport to travel to an aquatic, wellness and exercise facilities within the local area. The bus is the first wheelchair accessible bus for the Mount Alexander Shire Council.

As part of the initial pilot program, Peggy will pick up people from their residence in the local area and take them to the Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre in Kangaroo Flat, which will provide participants access to the centre’s facilities to engage in physical activity.

Discounts are available as part of the pilot program, download the below brochure for details.

Bookings: Call the Community Wellbeing Bus Business Support Officer on 5471 1797. Bookings must be made 2 business days prior to service.
Transport timetable: Twice a week. Days and times depend on booking numbers.
Bus stops: Pick up from client’s residence and drop-off at Gurri Wanyarra Wellbeing Centre, Kangaroo Flat.
Seating: 7 people plus 1 person in a wheelchair- subject to COVID restrictions.
Cost: First 3 rides are free and $5 per trip thereafter.
Passengers who require assistance at the facility will be required to bring their own carer. Carers can travel for free.

For more information download the Community Wellbeing Bus brochure or call Fiona McInnes on 5471 1807.

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