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New Footpath Trading Code of Practice Declared a Winner!

Bass Coast Shire Council was this week presented with a “Victorian Local Government Accessible Communities Award”

By Bass Coast Shire Council - 13th August 2001 - Back to News

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Picture sent via email shows Council staff members being presented with the Victorian Local Government Accessible Communities Award. (l-r) Kaye Hall, Senior Local Laws Officer, Cr Miranda Sage, Mayor, Hon. Christine Campbell, Minister for Community Services, Jan Bourne, Council’s Project Officer

Bass Coast Shire Council was this week presented with a "Victorian Local Government Accessible Communities Award" for the innovative way Council went about bringing traders and people with disabilites together to work out the new Footpath Trading Code of Practice.

The Hon. Christine Campbell, Minister for Community Services, presented the award, which recognises the Council’s leadership and actions in making the Shire’s shopping precincts more accessible to everyone, particularly those with a disability.

Bass Coast Shire Council was one of only five Victorian local government organisations, from a field of 48, to win the award. The Award included a $5,000 grant, which Council will use to implement other disability access projects nominated in Council’s Disability Action Plan.

Council staff and Councillors were recognised by local government’s peak body, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), for the way they went about developing the new code.

MAV congratulated Council on the innovative approach it had employed in developing the guidelines.

"Our approach included facilitating workshops where traders and people with disabilities worked out ways of displaying goods attractively but safely," said Glenys Sharma, Council’s Manager of Community Services.

Council also conducted an extensive public survey on the issue, a business breakfast, trialed the new code for 6 months, and personally visited the traders to explain the implications of the commonwealth legislation on their businesses.

"Council was recognised for its preparedness to listen to concerns from all stakeholders while also moving the issue forward," said Ms Sharma.

The new Footpath Trading Code not only ensures compliance with the Federal Disability Discrimination Act, it also brings the Shire’s shopping precincts into line with the very strong expectations of the general public.

A brochure explaining the Code and how it applies has been sent to all businesses within the Shire. Copies are also available at Council offices or by calling Council on 5671 2211 or 5951 3311.


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