Community Access and Inclusion
The Rural City of Wangaratta recognises that an accessible and inclusive municipality is fundamental to creating a healthy and cohesive community.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016), almost 1 in 5 Victorians identify as having some form of disability, with numbers higher in regional areas. As the population ages, the rates of disability is expected to increase.
Council aims to provide an accessible and inclusive environment which supports people of all abilities to participate fully in their community. It is recognised that there are various social and physical barriers that people with disabilities experience and Council is working to remove these barriers through a variety of strategies and programs, including the Rural Access program, the Rural City of Wangaratta Accessibility Reference Group, and the “Good Access = Good Business” program.