City takes second accessibility award

Edward ScownGeraldton Guardian
Mayor Shane Van Styn is pictured with Holland Street student Riley Bourne, Principal Rachel Rutter, student Isma Irwandie and Special Needs Education Assistant Misty Maylam.
Camera IconMayor Shane Van Styn is pictured with Holland Street student Riley Bourne, Principal Rachel Rutter, student Isma Irwandie and Special Needs Education Assistant Misty Maylam. Credit: Picture: Supplied

The City of Greater Geraldton has been recognised as one of the most accessible communities in WA for the second time running.

Geraldton shared first place with Margaret River in the Regional Capitals Alliance WA awards’ leadership category, recognising inclusive council services, programs and events.

“City staff have really championed a strong approach and we are seeing this through the delivery of our own events, as well as supporting and advising external event organisers to embrace increased accessibility,” Mayor Shane Van Styn said. “We are proud to see that the focus and efforts to produce sustainable outcomes for people living with disability has won us this award.”

The award included $250, which was donated to Holland Street School at a recent assembly.

One of the programs the City was recognised for was its Disability Employment Mobile Outreach program. Employers with negative views around employing those living with a disability were introduced to prospective employees.

The face-to-face interaction enabled businesses and participants to connect personally rather than through online job applications. As a result some applicants were able to secure formal interviews.

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