International Day of People with Disability
This Saturday, 3 December, is International Day of People with Disability, a day that aims to increase awareness, understanding and celebrate the achievements of people with disability and their valuable contributions to the community.
On behalf of Council, I want to thank these wonderful people who live in the Penrith Local Government Area and enrich our City.
Every day we strive to create a more accessible, inclusive community for all and we just recently celebrated 30 outstanding years of Council’s Access Committee, which embeds lived and professional experience of disability in our decision-making processes.
Since 1992, the Access Committee’s advice has helped to change this City for the better; the Committee has worked hard to improve the quality of life for people living with disability in our growing community
It was my privilege to unveil St Clair’s new inclusive playspace in September. The David Currie Playspace was named in honour of the late David Currie, a passionate disability advocate for Penrith.
This inclusive playspace offers something for people of all ages and abilities. It is fully fenced and features an accessible spinner, a multi-bay swing, sensory play, a wheelchair accessible trampoline, an inclusive double flying fox, and much more. This was a joint project between all levels of government.
Council is also proud to have officially launched our Disability Inclusion Action Plan for 2022-2026, which has 58 actions that will make Penrith more inclusive and will support everyone to engage in community life.
You can read the Plan in an accessible, Easy Read format at penrith.city/disabilityplan
To celebrate International Day of People with Disability, Penrith City Library has put on a free exhibition of art works created by attendees of their ‘All Abilities Art Sessions’ – a series of art workshops for adults with disability.
These are on display until Sunday 11 December so be sure to stop by and take a look!
Cr Tricia Hitchen
Mayor of Penrith