- Last updated:
- 23 Dec 2019
Council is committed to building inclusive communities. Community participation and access enable people to move about our region with dignity, pride and independence.
To promote civic participation, and a sense of belonging for diverse members of our community, council aims to improve access to:
This leads 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 benefits the whole community.
The Sunshine Coast Community Strategy 2019-2041 provides a long-term framework for how council and our community will work together to advance our shared goal of a strong community through to 2041.
Council's Access and Inclusion Policy captures the principles and aims for an accessible and inclusive community. The following principles underpin council's commitment to access and inclusion:
- Access – the right of residents and visitors to have reasonable access to council facilities, open space, programs, services, resources and information;
- Inclusion –working in partnership with the community, other levels of government, key agencies and the private sector to address the needs of residents and visitors to build an inclusive, cohesive and strong community;
- Equity – equity and opportunities for all;
- Respect – recognise and value the contribution of the region’s diverse population and respect the right of people to an inclusive community;
- Dignity – the right of people to independent and dignified access;
- Participation – the right of residents and visitors to actively participate in civic and community life; and
- Safety – the right of residents and visitors to safe access and participation.
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:
- TAFE Queensland East Coast Region
34 Lady Musgrave Drive Mountain Creek 4557
- Integrate Family and Youth Service
108 Parker Street Maroochydore 4558
- Walk on Wheels Nambour
26 Ann Street Nambour 4560
- Walk on Wheels Kawana
11/10 Capital Place Birtinya 4575
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Disability Services and Seniors
- Wheelchair and mobility scooter safety
- National Public Toilet Map
- National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) - The National Disability Insurance Scheme became available in the local government areas of Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Gympie from 1 January 2019. Carers Queensland are the Local Area Coordinators for the scheme, contact (07) 5409 3300 or email email@example.com.
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.
For more information, contact council’s Development Officer on (07) 5441 8401 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council is working with a number of local surf life saving clubs to make Sunshine Coast beaches more accessible and inclusive. Accessible matting, beach wheelchairs (suitable for both adults and children) and life jackets are available at the following locations during patrolled hours on weekends from September 2019 through until May 2020.
No cost bookings can be made with club volunteer lifesavers. Please note that the role of the volunteer surf life saving clubs is to patrol the beaches on weekends and public holidays. For many clubs there is no administrative staff to take calls and make bookings for equipment. If you are not able to contact one of the clubs, make contact with the volunteers upon arrival at the beach and request the beach wheelchair and the matting be rolled out if necessary.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the carer/user to ensure they have read and understood the User Safety Guidelines and Conditions of Use available from the clubs listed below, prior to hire and use. The Volunteer Life Savers may not have the capacity to assist people onto the beach and it is the responsibility of the user to ensure they have the necessary assistance to use the beach wheelchair and the beach matting.
|Location||Hours of operation*/**||Contact|
Alexandra Headland Surf Lifesaving Club
|7am-5pm||07 5443 6677|
|Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club
1775-1779 David Low Way
|7am-5pm||07 5446 1148|
Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club
|7am-5pm||07 5491 1081|
|Mooloolaba Surf Lifesaving Club
|7am-5pm|| 07 5452 3711
* Hours listed are for weekends and public holidays only - period 21 September 2019 to 4 May 2020.
** Should the accessible matting not be in place when you arrive, please request the volunteers surf lifesavers roll it out.
|Location||All abilities playground||Liberty swing||Wheelchair accessible||More information|
|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
|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).|
|Path is two metres wide.||Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk.|
|Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens
Palm Creek Road
|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
||Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.|
|Grahame Stewart Park
|Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.|
|Boardwalk and water play/fountain area are wheelchair accessible.
||Wheelchair accessible timber boardwalk.|
|La Balsa Park
• sand floor in playground
• fully fenced
• all abilities equipment
|Accessible pathway||Inclusive Playground. Includes inclusive play elements.|
|Picnic Point Park
Picnic Point Esplanade
|Concrete pathway||Wheelchair accessible picnic tables.
Corner of Caloundra Street and Steve Irwin Way
|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.|
For more information on parks visit the beaches and parks directory.
Queensland Government resource Inclusive Tourism – Making your business more accessible and inclusive
- Local Organisations providing holiday assistance for People with Disability 121 Care
- Accessible Holiday Accommodation
- Other Holiday Services – wheelchair accessible vehicle, portable equipment, support staff.
- Local wheelchair accessible vehicle hire.
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.
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.
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.