Disability Support and Inclusion

Liberty Swing At Bernie Mullane Playground

About Disability Services

There are many government and non-government services in The Hills assisting those with a disability.

These services include:

  • long-day care
  • medical services
  • respite
  • home care
  • post school options and
  • employment options

For the contact details of the various services search Council's Community Information Directory 

Liberty Swings

The Liberty Swings are an Australian invention. They enable people using wheelchairs to experience the enjoyment of swinging.

These swings have become a popular activity with children using both electric and manual chairs.

Liberty Swings are safe and easy to use - carefully follow the instructions provided.

The swings requires a carer to ensure that the chair is attached securely. A carer can push the swing or, depending on the dexterity of the user, the swing can be manually operated.

Liberty Swing Locations in The Hills

 

Crestwood Reserve

Bernie Mullane Sporting Complex

Balcombe Heights Estate

 

Crestwood Reserve is one of the Shire's most popular recreation areas. It features accessible tracks, barbecue areas and equal-access play areas.

The play area has a swing with handles for lifting in and out of a wheelchair, and a jungle gym with accessible ramps.

Bernie Mullane Sporting Complex also features an accessible around-about.

The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP)

 

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The Hills Shire Council aims for our services, infrastructure, and community facilities to be inclusive for residents, staff, and community members of all abilities.

This Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2022-2026, intends to guide better access and inclusion of Council services and operations. It intends to reduce barriers for people accessing Council services and facilities.

The DIAP actions have been developed taking into consideration council resourcing and budgetary capacity. It aims to embed access and inclusion aspects in our daily work.

The DIAP framework covers the following four key focus areas:

1. Positive community attitudes and behaviours.

2. Liveable communities.

3. Supporting access to meaningful employment.

4. Accessible systems and processes.

The Hills Shire Council DIAP 2022-2026 was developed in consultation with:

  • Hills residents living with a disability
  • residents who work in the disability sector
  • Council staff
  • the broader community

The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022 - 2026(PDF, 3MB)

The Hills Shire Council - Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022 - 2026 (Easy Read Version)(PDF, 7MB)

The Hills Shire Council - Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022 - 2026 (Easy Read Text Only)(DOCX, 3MB)

 

Previous DIAP:

The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021(PDF, 3MB)

The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021 (Easy Read Version)(PDF, 3MB)

View DIAP & Reports Here

 

DIAP Reference Group

The Hills Shire Council has a Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Reference Group.

The aim of the group is to provide recommendations to Council that will:

  • Facilitate the creation of a welcoming community
  • Ensure services, infrastructure and community facilities are more accessible

The focus is to enhance the participation and engagement of individuals with diverse abilities. Thus, ensuring that everyone feels valued and respected.

These recommendations are aimed at supporting Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2026.

For further information phone 9843 0245 or email volunteers@thehills.nsw.gov.au

DIAP Reference Group Members:

Belinda Colombrita

Belinda is the CEO of a disability support provider in the Hills Shire and has over 20 years professional experience in the sector.

She has a passion for ensuring that people with disability are included in every aspect of community life.

 

Ellen Witzlsperger

Ellen is the CEO of a not-for-profit disability organisation in the Hills Shire and has over 16 years professional experience in the sector. 

She is passionate about seeing all members of our community, including those with disability, be able to meaningfully participate and contribute towards the community.

 

Sarika Shasidharan

Sarika is a landscape architect with experience in designing inclusive parks and play spaces for the community.

She is passionate about ensuring people with disability can benefit from the services Council offer.

 

Julie Charlton

Julie has been working in the disability advocacy space for 16 years and in disability sport for over 10 years.

Julie is a member of the Disability Council of NSW and the Physical Disability Council NSW. She was also the Sydney Hills Youth Ambassador in 2021. Julie is an elite para athlete and coach who competed at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Her passion is to work towards an inclusive future for everyone.

 

Laura Mallison

Laura grew up in the Hills and has worked in the education and disability sector for many years, drawing upon personal experience to enhance services in these spaces for the Hills community.

She is passionate about working collaboratively with Council and others in the disability community to make co-designed and inclusive decisions about infrastructure, supports, access and events.

 

Eve Foxman

Eve has professional experience supporting people with disability in the workforce and supporting employment opportunities for people with disability as well as lived experience personally and as a carer.

She has a passion for improving accessibility and opportunities for people with disability in The Hills Shire. She is also passionate about being an advocate for those with disability to be supported, considered, respected and granted accessibility. 

 

Peta Kennedy

Peta is an early intervention educator working with children and families with disability and also has personal experiences as a carer. She is currently studying a graduate certificate in autism.

Peta is passionate about removing inequity and lack of access for all people with disability.

Hills Community Care

  • The Hills Shire Council trading as Hills Community Care offers a range of services for frail aged person and to their carers.
  • Our objective is to support people by maintaining an independent lifestyle whilst continuing to live in their own homes.
  • The programs we offer are funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP).

Visit the Hills Community Care Website

 

MLAK

The MLAK is a master key that fits into specially designed locks. The master key allows 24 hour a day access to public toilets.

Those with a disability are eligible to purchase a key with a letter of authorisation from:

  • a doctor
  • disability organisation
  • local council or
  • community health centre

If eligible you can purchase a key that opens accessible toilets from the Master Locksmith Association.

Please contact Council for the locations of MLAK accessible toilets on 02 9843 0555.

 

The Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS)

The Mobility Parking scheme (MPS) provides parking concessions to people with mobility disabilities.

All applications for a new or renewal MPS card must be signed by a medical doctor. 

MPS cards are only valid for up to six months. Temporary MPS cards can be issued for up to 3 months.

MPS applicants who hold a NSW divers licence are required to have a medical fitness assessment. This is then noted on their licence.

 

Who is eligible for a Mobility Parking Scheme Card?

To be eligible for a Mobility Parking Scheme card, as person must:

  • Be unable to walk due to the permanent or temporary loss of use of one or both legs or other permanent medical or physical condition
  • Be someone whose physical condition is detrimentally affected as a result of walking 100 metres
  • Require the use of crutches, a walking frame, callipers, scooter, wheelchair or other similar mobility aid
  • MPS cards are also available to people who are permanently blind

Please visit the RMS website:

  • for more information
  • to download the MPS applications for Individuals or an Organisation or
  • to view how to display your permit

 

Mobility Parking Scheme Permit Fact Sheet(PDF, 712KB)