PARKS Victoria (PV) is continuing to connect people with nature by developing a new Disability Action Plan, which is now open for community engagement.

PV is seeking ideas and feedback on the first stage of the plan, to help guide priorities and actions needed to welcome all people to Victoria’s precious landscapes.

Once final, the plan will set priorities and actions for the next four years and continue the work completed to provide parks for everyone, including improving and creating more accessible environments for visitors with a disability.

In the past few years, PV has launched or expanded a range of initiatives for people with disability, including online resources for children with autism, the TrailRider program to enable better access for wheelchair users, and a developing partnership with Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria to deliver the ‘walk in the park program’ for blind or vision-impaired people.

Wilsons Promontory was also included in these initiatives, which now has a number of wheelchair accessible sites as well as accessible cabins, units and campgrounds.

Equipment, such as beach wheelchairs and an electric hoist commode chair, can also be borrowed from the visitors’ centre at no cost.

PV will be running a series of online focus groups and a survey for community feedback.

For more information, to register for a focus group or to complete a survey, please visit engage.vic.gov.au/parks-disability-action-plan or call 13 19 63.