About the Reference Group:
In May 2022, a local disability advocate approached Council with a written proposal asking the Borough to increase its engagement with this community to ensure greater access, inclusion and participation of people with a disability.
In July 2022, a local group of disability advocates and residents spoke with Council and identified that the contribution of lived experience is essential to ensuring not just adequate access, but true inclusion. It sought to ensure that disability rights were embedded into the core business of Council.
At the August 2022 Ordinary Meeting, the Borough of Queenscliffe made a decision to establish a Disability Lived Experience Reference Group.
How the Reference Group will function:
The purpose of the Reference Group is to ensure people with a lived experience of disability have a say on issues that impact their lives. The Reference Group will guide Council decision-making by reviewing key documents, providing advice on major projects and helping Council connect with local communities.
Council will partner with and support the Reference Group. The group will establish its own terms of reference and code of conduct. It will determine how often to meet and how meetings will be run.