In our four-year Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Council strives to address the barriers that prevent people with a disability from fully participating in the Blue Mountains community.

Every local Council has a DIAP, a report on its goals to improve disability inclusion in the local community. The plan is reviewed every four years and Council has contracted Insight Consulting Australia to manage community consultations and create the new plan, which will be in place from 2022 until 2026.

Insight Consulting is currently seeking input from people with a disability on living in the Blue Mountains, and how to best improve disability inclusion.

The draft DIAP 2022-2026 is now on public exhibition. View the draft DIAP and have your say by 7 August.

The plan focuses on key actions that encourage more positive community attitudes and behaviours creating a more liveable community, that supports better access to meaningful employment and further improves access to Council services through better systems and processes.

These actions will be achieved through the following six key directions as developed by our Access Advisory Committee: 

Direction 1: People of all abilities can get around the City – with suitable infrastructure and services 
to support walking, cycling, taking public transport or using private vehicles.

Direction 2: Global – Visitors and tourists of all abilities are welcome – with safe public spaces and 
facilities, accessible accommodation, businesses, attractions and a friendly, helpful 

Direction 3: Connected – People of all abilities live and work in the City – through providing 
appropriate housing and supporting training, skills development to find employment. 

Direction 4: Connected – All people have access to City information – by providing information to the 
Public in accessible formats and through a variety of sources. 

Direction 5: Connected – People of all abilities have a say with an opportunity to be involved in 
Council decision-making. 

Direction 6: Connected – People of all abilities are a part of city life through facilitating their access to 
sporting, cultural and recreational facilities, events, and activities.