Councillor Dave Batt with a group of people with disabilities and their support workers at the PCYC.
Councillor Dave Batt with a group of people with disabilities and their support workers at the PCYC. Mike Knott

Disabled have their say on future

ROS Cuthbertson’s wish list for the next 20 years includes more support services for people with disabilities.

Mrs Cuthbertson, a disability support worker, was responding to Bundaberg Regional Council’s request for people to tell the council what they want to see in the city in the next 20 years.

The council has been out in the community asking people to respond to its Bundaberg Region 2031 community planning project, and this week councillors were talking to the disabled community at the “come and try” sports day at the PCYC.

Mrs Cuthbertson said apart from more support services she would like to see more activities suitable for people with disabilities.

But even more importantly, she wanted to see more jobs.

“The community is quite good at getting disabled people jobs, but more would be helpful,” she said.

“Unfortunately people see the disability, they don’t see a person who could be productive.”

Council governance portfolio spokesman Dave Batt said he was particularly keen to visit and speak with local people with mobility challenges, whose input, he said, was critical.

“We’re listening to our community, and there is no doubt that those people who are mobility challenged have some unique ideas on how the Bundaberg region should look in 20 years, including their suggestions on improvements,” he said.

The plan will outline the Bundaberg region’s desired vision, goals and strategies.

The online survey is available to complete until 5pm today at .



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