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Inclusive Towns Project to launch in Bendigo City Centre

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The Inclusive Towns Project which aims to increase the accessibility of local businesses for people with a disability will be launched in Hargreaves Mall between 1pm and 3pm on Wednesday December 12.

The Inclusive Towns Project has visited businesses in Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat, Maldon, Inglewood, Bridgewater and Boort through a partnership between the City of Greater Bendigo and the Loddon and Mount Alexander Shire Councils with funding provided through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Approximately 21 per cent of Greater Bendigo residents have some form of disability or long term health condition and the Inclusive Towns Project aims to help business become more inclusive by improving their communication, physical environment and awareness of disability as well as providing information on inclusive employment.

City of Greater Bendigo Community Partnerships Manager Steven Abbott said people with a disability are valuable customers and as part of the program City staff with a lived experience of disability will visit local businesses and work with them to identify changes to  benefit their customers.

“Participating businesses can be recognised by the Inclusive Towns sticker in their front window,” Mr Abbott said.

“We are inviting businesses and the community to hear about the benefits of inclusive communication, disability awareness, inclusive employment and the physical environment.”

The project will commence it’s rollout in the Bendigo City Centre in January 2019.

Businesses interested in learning more about the Inclusive Towns Project should contact Alison Jones on 5434 6314.

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