Access and Inclusion: Disability Support
  • Last updated:
  • 26 Nov 2017
Improving access to council’s programs, services, resources, information, facilities and open space for diverse members of our community will promote civic participation, and a sense of belonging, leading to stronger, and more cohesive and resilient communities.
Issues of access and inclusion can affect any member of the community, including parents with prams and small children, culturally and linguistically diverse people, people with disabilities or older people. Improving access and inclusion in the region therefore benefits the whole community

Sunshine Coast Access and Inclusion Plan 2011 – 2016

The Sunshine Coast Access and Inclusion Plan 2011-2016 became effective in December 2011. The plan sets out actions that council will take to provide access and inclusion for all.
The Access and Inclusion Plan is available to download: 
Access and Inclusion Plan[2674KB] [PDF]
Access and Inclusion Plan[386KB] [Large Print]
Access and Inclusion Plan[708KB] [E-Text]

The plan is available in Braille and CD (audio) versions. Sunshine Coast Libraries have Braille and CD copies for loan. Note: Personal copies of Braille and CDs can be ordered by emailing commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or phoning council’s Community Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261.

RECHARGE PointTM

International Day for People with Disability on December 3 is about increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and to celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.

 

To celebrate International Day for People with Disability attend the launch of the region’s first RECHARGE PointTM at Kawana Shoppingworld from 10am to noon on December 1.  

The RECHARGE PointTM creates a more accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment to support people who use electric mobility scooters or wheelchairs at the centre.

 

Free testing and tagging by a professional electrician will be available for mobility scooters and motorised wheelchair charging cords at the RECHARGE PointTM located near Woolworths. No bookings required. 

To find other charging points in the region, search RECHARGE on council’s website, or if your group or business would like to discuss how to get involved by offering a RECHARGE PointTM on the Sunshine Coast email  commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Helpful Resources and Information

Information on services that support people with disabilities, carers and their families:
Community Groups Directory – a free online community directory for local groups

Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Safety

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - The National Disability Insurance Scheme will become available in the local government areas of Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie from 1 January 2019.

What is the NDIS?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is the new way of providing support for people with disability, their families and carers in Australia.
The NDIS [215KB]will provide about 460,000 Australians under the age of 65 with a permanent and significant disability with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
Reasonable and necessary supports help people with disability achieve their goals, including independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.

Contacts

For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.



Beach Accessible Wheelchairs

A beach accessible wheelchair is available for public use at no cost from both the Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Clubs. Enquire at each club’s reception.

Beach matting for wheelchairs

Matting is rolled out at Alexandra Headlands Surf Life Saving Club daily.

Parks

Location  All Abilities Playground Liberty Swing  Amenities Wheelchair Accessible Further Details
Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club,
167 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland

Beach matting for wheelchairs. Beach Accessible Wheelchair available for free public use. Book at the Club's reception.
Ayliffe Park, The Esplanade, Golden Beach   Liberty swing available. Accessible toilet
(left and right hand accessible) adjacent to playground.


  •  1-1.5 m concrete walkways to playground
  • General playground is wood chip floor
Contact council on 5475 7272 to obtain the key to the Liberty Swing
Buderim Forest Park, via Harry's Lane, Buderim     Accessible toilet, via Harry's Lane entrance. The first 600 m of boardwalk is wheelchair accessible via timber boardwalk. Additional 300 m to the base of fall is not wheelchair accessible. BBQ and picnic table area are not wheelchair accessible (stairs to grassed area and tables are elevated on concrete block).
Bulcock Beach, The Esplanade, Caloundra     Accessible toilet
 
Path is two metres wide.  Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha      Accessible toilet
Yes The Bushland Sculpture Garden is mostly wheelchair accessible with only one small section having a steeper slope and another has stones in the path.
Cotton Tree Park, The Esplanade, Maroochydore                  Liberty swing available
  General playground adjacent to liberty swing is sand floor. Contact council on 5475 7272 to obtain the key to the liberty swing. Concrete paths along the waterfront are 2 - 3 metres wide.
 
Kings Beach, Ormond Terrace, Kings Beach     Accessible toilet

Boardwalk and water play/fountain area are wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk 
La Balsa Park, Harbour Parade, Buddina  All abilities playground
  Accessible toilet
adjacent to playground 
  Playground
• sand floor in playground
• fully fenced
• all abilities equipment
 
Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club, Alexandra         Beach accessible wheelchair available.  Free to use, book at the club's reception.
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mountain View Road, Maleny      Accessible toilet
The Rainforest Walking Trail is wheelchair accessible with a 1-2 meter wide gravel path with some small tree roots.
Bench seats along the trail for rest 
Nelson Park, Mari Street, Alexandra Headland      Accessible toilet Concrete path within playground; most of playground is wood chip floor.
Fully fenced, wheelchair accessible playground adjacent to duck pond. Picnic tables available.
Picnic Point Park, Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore 
  Disability car park.
Concrete pathway Wheelchair accessible picnic tables
Pioneer Park,
Corner of Caloundra Street and Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough 
Interactive playground, tandem slide, sand and water play, sensory garden Harnessed, high backed seat flying fox Accessible toilet
(left and right hand accessible).
Person with a disability car park.
1.5 metre wide concrete paths.
Playground floor is a combination of rubber, sand and wood chips.
Fully fenced playground with braille signage.


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Person with a disability toilet (left and right hand accessible) adjacent to playground.
Person with a disability toilet (left and right hand accessible) adjacent to playground.
Person with a disability toilet (left and right hand accessible) adjacent to playground.

Accessible Tourism 

Queensland Government resource Inclusive Tourism – Making your business more accessible and inclusive

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Council Link is a door-to-door pre-booked service provided by Sunshine Coast Council and operated by ComLink. To be eligible for the service, you must be over 60 or a person with a disability who travels independently or with a carer. The service runs to the nearest designated shopping centre once a week, on a specific day, for a $2 fare one-way per person. To book call 07 5390 1288 by noon the day before your trip.

Buses

Most buses on the Sunshine Coast allow easy access for the elderly and people with prams or mobility difficulties. For wheelchair accessible service enquiries contact Sunbus on 07 5450 7888.

Trains

If you require a portable ramp or assistance from guards when disembarking a train please wait at the assisted boarding point near the guard’s cabin when the train stops.
Queensland Rail has more information for passengers.

Disability Parking Permits

The Department of Transport and Main Roads can issue a disability parking permit to people if their ability to walk is severely restricted. A disability parking permit gives the holder access to parking concessions. More information is available regarding the Sunshine Coast disability parking permits.

Mobility Scooter and Motorised Wheelchair Charging

RECHARGE Points TM – the Sunshine Coast Council, in partnership with RECHARGE Scheme Australia Limited are proud to introduce the RECHARGE Scheme TM services. The following locations have free, dedicated power points for charging your mobility scooter or motorised wheelchair.
• Kawana Shopping Centre
Other charging locations (not Recharge SchemeTM)
• Caloundra Community Centre
• More locations to be added soon