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Access and Inclusion grants for westside organisations

28 February, 2014

Access and Inclusion grants for westside organisations

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has allocated five grants totalling more than $196,000 to westside organisations through Council’s Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program 2013/14.

The Lord Mayor said the Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program provided support for one-off community projects that helped to break down barriers to community services and facilities such as sport, recreation, cultural and social activities.

Cr Quirk said the program aimed to benefit people with a disability and others who have difficulty with access to facilities and public space, such as parents with young children.

“Better access and inclusion will benefit all Brisbane residents and visitors by making Brisbane a socially cohesive and connected city that has something for everyone,” Cr Quirk said.

“One of the ways we are working to achieve this is to address barriers to access and inclusion in local and mainstream community sport, recreation, cultural and social activities.

“This is why we have allocated funds that will support community organisations and initiatives that help respond to access and inclusion challenges such as employment and training at a local community level.”

Westside Access and Inclusion Community Partnership Program grants recipients include:
• The Anglican Parish of Kenmore Brookfield will receive $30,000 to construct an accessible toilet block, and pathway suitable for wheelchair access from the car park to the Hall entrance.
• Kenmore Districts Rugby Club Inc will receive $41,000 to construct a ramp and improve access via the steps by installing handrails. The ramp and stairs will provide access from the car park to its fields and clubhouse at Chapel Hill.
• Pamphlett Sea Scouts Group in Graceville will receive $28,882 to construct a path that joins the accessible toilet to the car park and hall. The proposal will allow increased participation in general activities, particularly the "Sailability program" that provides sailing classes for people with disabilities.
• Polonia Polish Association of Queensland Inc in Milton will receive $50,000 to construct an eight person capacity lift to assist the growing number of elderly and members with a disability. The public will then be able to access the upper level of Polonia which houses the museum, library and meeting rooms to increase participation in community days and cultural activities.
• The St Lucia Congregation of the Uniting Church Australia will receive $50,000 to construct a ramped entrance, accessible toilets, and parking for people with disabilities. Improved access will meet the need for a quality venue in the local community for music and recital opportunities for small groups.

A total of 19 recipients across the city will share in $619,922 as part of the 2013/14 program.



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