There are many government and non-government services in the Shire providing assistance for those with a disability. These services range from long-day care, medical services, respite, and home care to post school options and employment options. For a comprehensive list, see the Community Information Directory for the contact details of the various services.
Hills Community Care
The Hills Shire Council trading as Hills Community Care offers a range of services for aged persons, people with disabilities and carers.
Our objective is to support people with maintaining independent lifestyles whilst continuing to live in their home.
The programs we offer are funded through the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Visit the Hills Community Care Website
The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan
The Hills Shire Council aims to be inclusive for people of all abilities. This plan was developed in consultation with the wider community, to guide the decisions about ensuring the services and facilities Council already provides are as accessible to and appropriate for people with disability as can be reasonably achieved.
The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021(PDF, 3MB)
The Hills Shire Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan (Easy Read Version)(PDF, 3MB)
The MLAK is a master key that fits into specially designed locks allowing 24 hour a day access to public toilets. Eligible people - those with a disability and a letter of authorisation from a doctor, disability organisation, local council or community health centre - can purchase a key that opens accessible toilets from the Master Locksmith Association.
Please contact Council for the locations of MLAK accessible toilet on: +61 2 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 application who hold a NSW divers licence are required to have a medical fitness accessment and 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 follow this link to download the MPS applications for Individuals or an Organisation.
The Liberty Swings, installed at Crestwood Reserve, Bernie Mullane Sporting Complex and Balcombe Heights Estate, are an Australian invention that enables people using wheelchairs to experience the fun and enjoyment of swinging.
These swings have become a popular activity with children using both electric and manual chairs. Following the instructions carefully, it is safe and easy to use. The swings requires a carer to ensure that the chair is attached securely and can either be pushed by the carer or, depending on the dexterity of the user, can be manually operated.
Crestwood Reserve is one of the Shire's most popular recreation areas with accessible tracks, barbecue areas and equal-access play areas including a swing with handles for lifting in and out of a wheelchair and a jungle gym with accessible ramps.
There is also an accessible around-about at the Bernie Mullane Sporting Complex.