Accessible Communities Action Plan

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Area: Mackay Region
Publised: May 26, 2016 - Consultation has concluded - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council is developing an Accessible Communities Action Plan. The Council has a strong legacy in advocating for people with a disability and in disability planning, programs and services.

Focusing on ‘accessibility’ for the whole community, the scope of the plan encompasses not only people with permanent or temporary disabilities but also people with mobility and accessibility concerns; such as older persons and parents with prams. Taking on this wider view of accessibility will ensure that we plan for the whole community, however, the specific needs of people with disabilities will remain a core focus of the plan.


Mackay Regional Council has released the draft Accessible Communities Action Plan for stakeholder and community feedback. This draft plan sets the directions and actions for the next four years based upon the input by key stakeholders, community and notably the members of the Equitable Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) and the Healthy Ageing Reference Group (HARG).






Area: Mackay Region
Publised: May 26, 2016 - Consultation has concluded - Archived Project


Mackay Regional Council is developing an Accessible Communities Action Plan. The Council has a strong legacy in advocating for people with a disability and in disability planning, programs and services.

Focusing on ‘accessibility’ for the whole community, the scope of the plan encompasses not only people with permanent or temporary disabilities but also people with mobility and accessibility concerns; such as older persons and parents with prams. Taking on this wider view of accessibility will ensure that we plan for the whole community, however, the specific needs of people with disabilities will remain a core focus of the plan.


Mackay Regional Council has released the draft Accessible Communities Action Plan for stakeholder and community feedback. This draft plan sets the directions and actions for the next four years based upon the input by key stakeholders, community and notably the members of the Equitable Access Advisory Committee (EAAC) and the Healthy Ageing Reference Group (HARG).






Guest Book

In just 5 minutes you can help Mackay Regional Council to create a more accessible community!  Share your views with us to help us develop our Accessible Communities Action Plan by answering these two questions. 

  • What does an 'accessible community' mean to you?
  • Give us an example of where our community’s facilities, services, programs, activities and information are easy to receive, use and access.

Your responses will help us plan for future improvements to access to the region’s services and information for people of all ages and abilities.  Get Involved - Over the next 3 months we will be consulting with Mackay Region Residents to understand what else can be done – contact us today to be involved!


Our footpaths, onroad bike lanes & offroad bike paths must allow for greater usage for all members. Our community has been developed with a focus on the motor vehicle. What a waste of space & money. Our priority must be to plan and construct or modify infrastructure to suit for all forms of Active Transport. This will allow for walking, biking, prams, mobility skooters, scateboards, wheelchairs and all variety of mobility aids. There are so many safety concerns, both perceived and real, from all age groups concerning our roads (incl speding, DUI, use of mobile phones). Parents know the benefits of exercise for their children but choose to drive due to safety concerns. Every driver adds to the safety concern. In addition the appalling prevalence of chronic disease from non communicable diseases (ie diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, respiratory diseases) across all age groups, from among other things, a very sedentary lifestyle. Making Active Transport attractive and a realistic option to all community members within their neighbourhoods creates liveable, accessible, friendly, healthy, inclusive neighbourhoods, towns & cities. Added benefits include reduced burden of health care costs, reduced rates of disease and illness, improved heart health, reduced road congestion, reduced carbon emissions, reduction of road maintenance costs... I am not suggesting removing the motor vehicle from society, rather prioritising and makeing Active Transport the more convenient option. Bike boulevards, tree lined promenades, safe road commuting to school and work, would be an accessible community. Tough decisions? The right decisions?

Young about 4 years ago

We must think ahead..even getting out of yard having to take the disabled on the roads as the roads are smaller and cars and trailers parked on footpaths. Get this right..even disable have to park on footpaths to get in and out of vehicle

Common sense about 4 years ago

The disabled car space out side disability services in nelson st is in usable as once parked. We dont not have enough room to put a ramp down. I feel the space should be extended.

Coraley about 4 years ago

Public transportation needs improvement including training drivers to recognise disabled who may be less obvious but still require mobility chairs and cannot be asked to leave them plus we need disabled changing areas that are dignified and easily accessible

Mumma1234 about 4 years ago

A footpath along Harveys Road outside Eaglemount Retirement Resort would help. At the moment it is impossible to get to the Beaconsfield shop or servo without walking on the road, which is dangerous and almost impossible for people with walkers or wheel chairs, not everyone drives, but all the residents are old.

wanless about 4 years ago

Big issue for people; The lack of accessible public transport. If you have a car, either your own or access to one via family or friends means getting out to do things is achievable, but if you have to rely on public transport access to parts of the region is really difficult.

Mers about 4 years ago

Well maintained facilities - including footpaths, bike and walking tracks. Disability access as much as practical. PROMOTE use of existing MRC facilities, activities and programs and community involvement.Promote use of existing public transport and look at improvement of services - including out to the more 'forgotten' areas on say, a weekly or 2-3 times weekly basis.River Bank activity - not necessarily Mackay. Some lovely sites up the Valley could be used more for Community focused events and activity. We do already have some awesome facilities and attractions. Which ones 'work'? That is they are popular, well known and used? Why? That knowledge needs to be applied to others which are not well patronised ...

divine_msn about 4 years ago

Forgot to mention a few more things more for older people with a disability such as free social outing groups that pick them up and take them out for the day to meet people and get involved in the community. Getting workers who understand and can help people with a disability to understand what other organizations are informing them about. Mackay should have its own adult guardian service instead of relying on an outside source from another town and a Cerebral Palsy league here.

lilimiua about 4 years ago

Acessibile community means to me that everyone no matter if young old or have a disability should be able to assces the area on that note I believe mackay should have a all accessible youth center in mackay city at no cost for youths with disability access that promotes indoor and outdoor activity as mackay city in town does not have one and to help youths so it gets them involved in the community instead of them being left out. Public transport is another issue should be more readly available as the service in mackay is not good and needs to be improved to accommodate the people who use it or want to use it but cant due to age disability or the service not running. Mackay should also consider putting walkways in rural areas such as andergrove and bucasia ect as not everyone lives near the school and its hard for mothers with prams or wheelchairs or the olderly with walkers to go to take children to school with limited walk ways the list could go on but there's a start hope that the council considers these ideas as they are needed for everyone in the community

lilimiua about 4 years ago

Public transportation needs addressing , safe footpaths with no cracks ,there is a lack of footpaths that go to places schools,hospitals .a beach access wheel chair hire . Playground for all abilities .school grounds

Robyn k about 4 years ago

Love the playgrounds in Mackay that cater for all abilities. Would be great to see some extra facilities at other playgrounds to cater for all. It would be great if there was a more accessible pick up zone on both entrances of shopping centres for people in wheelchairs.

Dally about 4 years ago

I would like to see a disability friendly toilet, not all disabilities are people in wheelchairs. I can not change my little boy in a wheelchair accessible toilet or the family room, if I am out and he has done a poo I can't find a suitable place anywhere to change him and I know of a lot of other people with the same issues, we need to change what disabled looks like because it's not just wheelchair accessible things we need to worry about.

Katiemcc about 4 years ago

We need a more comprehensive bus service. We have had Sunday trading for ages,yet still no Sunday service. I didn't realise just how bad our bus service is until I had to stop driving. I am a fortunate person with a stop very close,but some people have to walk too far to a convenient stop. It's not just the elderly but the young mums who need better transport.

Margaret about 4 years ago

People with physical disabilities find it difficult to access community events especially in the city heart or the MECC due to lack of close parking for or disabled. The is also a large number of local shops that are not accessible for wheelchairs. Lack of public transport after hours and weekends is a major problem in regard to community events being accessible to the wider public. Concern also about lack of bus stops outside libraries, have seen elderly people struggle to walk from the Mt Plesant bus stop to the library

Binndi about 4 years ago

More Foot paths near schools and parks that link up to the resident housing. I find walking my child with a disability very dangerous at times. The only way to get exercise is to push her on a 3 wheel tricycle. However there are limited foot paths, I have to use the roads with the traffic which becomes very dangerous.

Annette Blacks Beach resident about 4 years ago

Blacks Beach access for the disabled and elderly needs urgent attention as what is available is not suitable. Coral Drive has a few beach access, could one be converted for disability access?

Annette Blacks Beach resident about 4 years ago

Disabled bathrooms should cater for disabled people! A toilet that is spacious with a hand rail isn't good enough. You should have a change table suitable for changing people of all ages so we don't have to use the floor! These should be in at least the two big shopping centers that have been newly renervated (Canelands and Mt P)

MummyJ about 4 years ago

We need changing facilities in disabled toilets for the older children who aren't toilet trained or those who are severally disabled and are still using nappiesI have had to change my asd son on a disabled toilet floor or leave him dirty both options made me angry and upset. I know families that will not go out for longer then two hours at a time or not at all for this reason.

Joey Jo Jo about 4 years ago

More access free services for older unemployed on newstart to utelise free wifi for job employment .. 40 -60 age group . Happy to volunteer but need every single dollar to put food on the table . Very tight budget. Always juggling the $.

Mazza about 4 years ago

Drive ways are not accessible to my daughter in a wheelchair. There is no beach access to wheel chairs or wheelie walkers. Even though you have the park for disabled children theres no wheelchair swing. I feel there should be more wheelchair accessible items. Maybe a wheel chair type of tunnel. My daughter loves the ramp near the ocean international park as she can play with other kids as well.

Coraley about 4 years ago