We are committed to creating an inclusive community that can be enjoyed by everyone. Ensuring we support accessible spaces and activities is an important part of that.
Our recreation strategy recognises that people with a disability are less likely to participate in sport and recreation, so we’re interested in helping turn that around.
We are one of seven partner organisations working with researchers from Australian Catholic University, La Trobe University and Deakin University on an evidence-based program, FitSkills, which supports youth with a disability to become active and stay active through their local community leisure centre.
Through the program, a young person is matched with an exercise mentor, and an exercise program is tailored for each individual participant. Together they exercise twice a week for 12 weeks at their local gym.
In the latest edition of the Boroondara Bulletin you can also read about a fantastic new sport now available at the Boroondara Sports Complex - AFL Wheelchair. A modified version of Australia’s national code, it was originally created as a game for injured Australian Defence Force personnel, and is proving very popular as it grows around the state.
Through our Boroondara Access for All network, we create links between community members and service providers, advocate and provide advice for improved services, offer motorised scooter and wheelchair workshops and support, and advice and activities for carers.
For more details, I encourage you to explore our website, which has been built to support accessibility in line with international standards.
With best wishes
Cr Jim Parke
Mayor of Boroondara