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Disability Advisory Group seeks new members

Disability Advisory Group seeks new members

New members are sought for Whangarei’s Disability Advisory Group (DAG).

Whangarei District Council established a Disability Advisory Group to improve communication with people in our community who are experiencing disability, and to assist Council in responding more effectively to their needs.

The group provides a forum for members to raise issues and to discuss Council matters, particularly those concerning accessibility. The group aims to represent the wide scope of the disability sector in Whangarei District.

“The group’s extensive collective experience makes a valuable contribution to Council, particularly to project development and future planning,” WDC Community Services Adviser, Carla Janssen said.

“The group has become an important source of practical advice on the application of accessibility standards for Council departments, and regularly works together to develop and deliver submissions to Council” according to DAG Chairperson, Jonny Wilkinson.

“To allow the group to continue to evolve we are calling for new members and holding a re-election. We hope to encourage greater involvement of people who have personal experience or have lived experience of disabilities,” Mr Wilkinson said.

“Service providers are welcome to nominate one of their users to be part of the group and attend the meetings in a supporting role. We are keen to ensure we hear the personal perspectives of those living with disability,” Mr Wilkinson said.

Application forms can be submitted online via www.wdc.govt.nz/DisabilityServices or printed and mailed to Carla Janssen, Whangarei District Council, Private Bag 9023, Whangarei 0148. Application forms are also available at your local library. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 24 October.


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