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Disability Action Plan 2013-2017 

The Melton City Council Disability Action Plan 2013‑2017 strengthens the voice of people with a disability and supports the significant role that families and carers play.

This Plan recognises all people with a disability including children, young people and adults with a sensory, physical, or neurological impairment, acquired brain injury or mental illness. It understands the important role that families and carers play and the need for them to be supported, valued and respected.


Over 10 community consultations and an online survey were undertaken and shape Council’s 2013 – 2017 Disability Action Plan. Over 350 people with a disability, carers and service providers have provided valuable information on the barriers to participation for people with a disability and potential improvements that will make the City of Melton a more inclusive and accessible community.

People have told us that some of the things most important to them are:

  • Opportunities to socialise and participate in community based activities that are interesting, meaningful and affordable
  • More valued work or employment opportunities
  • Improved accessible transport networks
  • Increased access to respite
  • Better access to buildings particularly older buildings
  • Easier to navigate support system and accessible information

For further information, contact Council’s Community Care and Inclusion on 9747 7283




History: Water Under the Bridge.

The Disabled Surfers Association was established in 1986 by Gary Blaschke after a motorcycle accident which he lost his knee cap and under went extensive rehabilitation.

Gary saw a void that needed to be filled as over the years, many surfers with disabilities have unfortunately, been loners with no one to help them get back into the water. Many suffer from disabilities that the general public would not consider a disability.

From asthmatics to joint injuries to paraplegic, many members have found friendship, support and have renewed their interest in surfing.

Gary’s vision quickly extended to all classes of disabilities, as it is today. A total voluntary organisation, which sets world’s best practice for Disabled Surfers.