Far South Coast Inclusion Grant Recipients Named

Pambula and Merimbula beaches on the state’s picturesque Far South Coast are aiming to become more inclusive environments after a number of local businesses and community groups were recently announced as recipients of funding through the Surf Life Saving NSW Community Inclusion Small Grant Program.

NSW Minister for Disability, The Hon John Ajaka was joined by representatives from Surf Life Saving, the business community and disability advocates at a ceremony at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club last Friday.

The key aim of the project is to improve the inclusion of people living with a disability within beach precincts at Pambula and Merimbula with project trials also taking place in Newcastle and Bondi Beach.

Funded by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the Community Inclusion Project has been a major initiative for Surf Life Saving NSW over the last 18 months, and as the trials continue to progress it is intended that the learning from the three trial will be shared with other coastal communities.

Sapphire Support Services successfully applied for two grants with the funding being used for a training program for workers in water related tourism and the development of an innovative app that will allow people living with a disability and their families to easily identify accessible and inclusive businesses in the local area.

“These grants will help us support our community through educating and providing inclusive opportunities to locals and visitors to the area as well as assisting local businesses and services in being more accessible and inclusive,” Managing Director Michaela Pascolutti said.

“The AccessABLE Sapphire Coast App will give people with a disability and their families and carers access to the information that will allow them to fully participate in the life of their local community. It will provide information on accessibly and inclusive activities in our community covering a wide range of local services and facilities,” she said.

Pambula Rotary club has also received two grants and will be using them for a 'Lead and Include Adventure Camp' for young adults, and a project titled 'AAIM for Inclusion - Access, Attitudes, Innovation & Marketing.”

Local people with a lived experience of disability and other members of Pambula Rotary will help rate local businesses for access and inclusive practices. The information will be shared on the AccessABLE Sapphire coast App.

“Over the course of the three day camp, participants will be supported to engage in a range of adventure activities together, all based on and around Pambula Beach. The program will balance a mix of adventure fun with leadership and teamwork skills, with a focus on people of all abilities experiencing and modelling inclusive approaches,” Club Secretary Lynne Koerbin said.

“A range of equipment – including a giant inflatable SUP board, double wave ski’s, beach pads for crutches and a beach wheelchair will be purchased to ensure all camp activities are accessible to participants with and without disabilities."

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2015/16 SLSNSW Disability Inclusion Grants Recipients – Pambula/Merimbula

Adult Education (Auspice) – Communication Using iPads
Grand Pacific Health – Flouro Friday/Mental Health/First Aid Projects
Pambula Rotary – Leadership and Adventure Camp
Sapphire Support Services (Auspice) – Access Pambula/Merimbula App
Sapphire Support Services (Auspice) – Pathways for Inclusion Project
Tulgeen Disability Services – Beach Access Program

Mon 30 Nov 2015