Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Mid-West wins Accessible Communities Award

    1/12/2006 2:02 PM

    A Geraldton organisation is one of six winners announced at today’s 2006 Accessible Communities Awards.

    The awards were organised by the Disability Services Commission, the Office of Seniors’ Interests and Volunteering and People With Disabilities (WA) Inc, and recognise initiatives that improve the quality of life for people with disabilities.

    ATLAS (Access to Leisure and Sport) is a Geraldton-based organisation which helps people with disabilities to take part in sporting and recreational activities, and has won the Community Organisation award.

    Disability Services Minister Tony McRae said ATLAS had made an enormous contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.

    “Well done to everybody at ATLAS - it is a wonderful difference you are making in your community,” Mr McRae said.

    “Our ultimate goal is full inclusion in everyday life for people with disabilities, and as today’s awards demonstrate, the whole State can make a difference.”

    Geraldton MLA Shane Hill congratulated ATLAS on winning the Community Organisation award.

    “ATLAS is a fantastic part of the Mid-West community,” Mr Hill said.

    “We are very lucky it is based in our part of the State - it is more than worthy of this award.”

    State Government award:
    Winner - Mount Lockyer Primary School, Albany for creating a welcoming learning environment to meet the needs of all students, including children with a range of disabilities.

    Commendation - Edith Cowan University for a program which helps pre-service teachers to gain direct knowledge and understanding about educating children with diverse disabilities.

    Local government award:
    Winner - City of Cockburn, for its expanded Youth Outrage program, a school holiday program activities that allows young people with disabilities to participate in activities with their peers.

    Commendation - Shire of Manjimup for its work to make the Regional AquaCentre accessible for all members of the community through railings and ramps, water wheelchair access and seats in the hydro pool.

    Private Sector:
    Winner - Perth Regional Roof Trusses, for its commitment to people who are deaf through employment opportunities, and awareness training for all staff, including learning Auslan (Australian Sign Language).

    Winner - Wanslea Family Services, for its program Grandcare, which supports grandparents who care for their grandchildren.

    Commendation -Town of Vincent, for its Transport Assistance program for people who do not have their own transport and cannot easily access public transport.

    Community organisation
    Winner - ATLAS (Access to Leisure and Sport) a Geraldton-based organisation which helps people with disabilities to participate in sporting and recreational activities.

    Winner - Domenic Bianchi, a Year 10 Community College student from Bunbury, who has undertaken an audit of accessible parking and toilets at education, recreational and shopping precincts in the City of Bunbury.

    Dr Louisa Alessandri Award for Excellence: ATLAS.

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