Access and inclusion
  • Last updated:
  • 03 Jun 2019

Council is committed to building inclusive communities where community participation and access, enable people to move about our region with dignity, pride and independence. 

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, 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.

Council is currently drafting The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041. This Community Strategy will embrace all sectors of the community and incorporate all the different community actions plans creating one document the represents the needs and aspirations of whole community. The principles and aims for an accessible and inclusive community are captured in the Access and Inclusion Policy which still guide council in removing barriers to participation and advocating for people with disabilities in the region.

RECHARGE SchemeTM

The RECHARGE SchemeTM creates a more accessible, inclusive and welcoming environment to support people who use electric mobility scooters or wheelchair. This includes locations which have designated areas for people to safely recharge their electric mobility scooter or wheelchair battery, free of charge.

The Sunshine Coast Local Government Area currently have five locations:

  1. TAFE Queensland East Coast Region
    34 Lady Musgrave Drive Mountain Creek 4557

  2. Integrate Family and Youth Service
    108 Parker Street Maroochydore 4558

  3. Walk on Wheels Nambour
    26 Ann Street Nambour 4560

  4. Walk on Wheels Kawana
    11/10 Capital Place Birtinya 4575

  5. Kawana Shoppingworld
    119 Point Cartwright Drive, Buddina, 4575

For up-to-date information on locations of the RECHARGE SchemeTM on the Sunshine Coast, please go to the RECHARGE Scheme Australia website.

If your group or business would like to discuss how to get involved by offering a RECHARGE SchemeTM on the Sunshine Coast please contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8261 or email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Helpful resources and information

Information on services that support people with disabilities, carers and their families:

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 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. It will help people with a disability achieve their goals. This may include greater independence, community involvement, employment and wellbeing.

Contacts

For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8401 or email commdevelopment@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

Beach accessible wheelchairs and matting

Beach accessible wheelchairs are available for public use at no cost from the Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club. Matting is rolled out on weekends from September to May. Enquire at the club's reception for more information.

Accessible equipment will be available at more beach locations from Summer 2019/20.

Parks

Location  All abilities playground Liberty swing  Wheelchair accessible More information
Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club,
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 1-1.5 m concrete walkways to playground. General playground is wood chip floor.
Contact council to obtain the key to the liberty swing.
Buderim Forest Park, via Harry's Lane, Buderim     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     Path is two metres wide.  Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk.
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Palm Creek Road, Tanawha      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               
Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.
Grahame Stewart Park, Croydon Avenue, Currimundi        Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.
Kings Beach, Ormond Terrace, Kings Beach     Boardwalk and water play/fountain area are wheelchair accessible.
Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk. 
La Balsa Park, Harbour Parade, Buddina 
    Playground
• sand floor in playground
• fully fenced
• all abilities equipment
Leach Park, Short Street, Golden Beach     Accessible pathway Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.
Picnic Point Park, Picnic Point Esplanade, Maroochydore 
  Concrete pathway Wheelchair accessible picnic tables.
Pioneer Park,
Corner of Caloundra Street and Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough 
All abilities interactive playground, tandem slide, sand and water play, sensory garden Harnessed, high backed seat flying fox 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.
For more information on parks visit the beaches and parks directory.

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.