The Moreton Bay Region has a higher incidence of disability than the Queensland average, with 1 in every 17 people having a severe or profound disability requiring assistance.
Since 2011, this cohort has grown at twice the general population growth rate (2.4%) of the Moreton Bay Region…
It’s time for Council to take its next step on its access and inclusion journey and look outward not inward.
Recognising this it’s my policy that Council from 2020 will launch a Good Access is Good for Business initiative.
Council will aim to help small businesses and retailers become more accessible for people with a disability, older people, parents with prams and small children.
Council will develop a Good Access is
Good for Business guide that offers advice on how to make your business more accessible.
It will convey that providing greater access to all potential customers can build a stronger customer base and increase your revenue.
One example being by having lower counters and ensuring there is an appropriate circulation space for people in a wheelchair.
I will be proposing a new era of Business Development In the Moreton Bay Region and this will be one of many such initiatives.
Under my policy Council will provide matched dollar for dollar grant to small businesses within the region which meet the strategy criteria to improve the accessibility of their businesses.
As we know disability increases with age, our ageing population has significant implications for future rates of disability in the Moreton Bay Region.
Yes, Council has to address issues with its own facilities but it also has to lead the way and assist small business and the like to prepare the way for a more accessible and inclusive Moreton Bay Region.