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Rural Access is a program which supports communities to plan and develop ways of including people of all abilities in local community life.

The Rural Access officer works with local groups and organisations, businesses and the broader community to strengthen the community’s capacity to provide support to people of all abilities and their families.

The Rural Access worker does this by:
• Helping people and organisations work together more effectively.
• Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people of all abilities through community education and awareness raising.
• Supporting service providers to assist people live the life they choose.
• Ensuring the needs of all people are considered when community planning.
• Developing easy ways for people to access information about services, community activities and issues.
• Developing and implementing projects which respond to needs and community priorities.

The Rural Access worker has a responsibility to plan and develop initiatives across the full range of community areas including:
• Access to the built environment.
• Education and employment.
• Accommodation and housing.
• Health and wellbeing.
• Transport.
• Sports and recreation.
• Tourism.

Rural Access is funded by the Department of Human Services and is implemented in partnership with Colac Otway Shire Council.

For more information please contact the Council's Rural Access Project Officer on 5232 9550.

All Terrain Wheelchair
The Colac Otway Shire and Parks Victoria have jointly funded the construction and import of an all-terrain chair suitable for use on some of the recreational walks available in the shire. The chair is suited for sandy and semi rough tracks making it easier to access recreational tracks in the area. Both children and adults can use the chair and it requires two adults (sherpas) to direct and move the chair safely.

Some suitable walks for use in the shire include some sections of the Great Ocean Walk, Melba Gully, and the Old Beechy Line Trail. A current list is available with the chair.

Hire of the chair is free and chair bookings will be managed through the Great Ocean Road Visitor Information Centre on 03 5237 652. A deposit is required but is fully refunded providing all equipment is returned in usable condition.

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