Kudos for creating an inclusive community

14 October 2015

Mayor Tom Tate yesterday presented the Inclusive Community Champions Awards for the Gold Coast region, an initiative of the Spinal Injuries Association of Queensland.

The awards recognise and celebrate those who foster an inclusive community for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

City of Gold Coast was among the recipients, taking out awards for Excellence in innovation (Reedy Creek Recycling Market and Southport Tip Shop), Excellence in accessible transport (2018 Commonwealth Games Venue Precinct Accessibility Project) and Outstanding public facility or program (Access and Mobility Program).

Mayor Tate congratulated all finalists saying that creating a city where equity of access was considered standard, required progressive improvement in the delivery of quality infrastructure, facilities, services and information and was a collaborative effort.

“Through our Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan we are working towards creating a city that is genuinely accessible and inclusive for all.

“It supports our organisational culture of routinely considering equity of access across all our operations and ensures that we are doing all we can to remove barriers to access and inclusion and help create a welcoming environment for the diverse people who live, work and visit the Gold Coast,” he said.

The Gold Coast winners are:

  • Excellence in accessibility: Arundel Park Riding for Disabled
  • Excellence in innovation: Reedy Creek Recycling Market and Southport Tip Shop, City of Gold Coast
  • Excellence in accessible transport: 2018 Commonwealth Games Venue Precinct Accessibility Project, City of Gold Coast
  • Excellence in education and awareness raising: Gold Coast Celtics Basketball Club
  • Outstanding public facility or program: Access and Mobility Program, City of Gold Coast
  • Excellence in tourism, entertainment or recreation: Can Go Everywhere
  • Outstanding individual: Savannah Hunt

The awards are held in regions throughout Queensland, with a State winner to be announced at a reception at Government House during Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week from 8 to 15 November.

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