Council Partners With QUT To Plan Inclusive Communities
Queensland University of Technology has invited Gympie Regional Council and community members to participate in a research project which aims to achieve better inclusive community planning for people with disabilities in regional areas.
The project, led by Dr Lisa Stafford, aims to uncover the meaning of an inclusive community, and people’s experiences living in the Gympie Region.
Researchers are calling on all local residents to complete a questionnaire. People with disabilities or chronic illnesses aged nine years and older have the option of completing a story board and participating in an interview with a researcher.
Dr Stafford says well planned inclusive communities benefit everyone while safeguarding the rights of people with disabilities.
“Many people with disabilities or chronic illnesses continue to experience exclusion due to social-attitudinal and physical barriers.
“Identifying how we can better plan communities for inclusivity is key and everyone’s involvement is needed to make communities inclusive for all,” she said.
For more information and to participate in the research, visit www.planninginclusivecommunities.com
This project is funded by the Australian Research Council under DE190101512 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). QUT Ethics Approval Number.
I think most people know the Gympie region is growing. The rate that it is growing is quite surprising. A recent article in The Gympie Times stated that the Southside area is growing faster than any capital city in Australia. This is great for the region but it also creates problems.
One major problem is every urban block requires reticulated water, which hasn’t been a problem in past years, but is quickly looming as demand grows. Yes, we have Borumba Dam in our backyard, but the water allocations from this reservoir are controlled by SEQ water and the Gympie region is allocated a quota which will need close management to supply all users. Recent talk of raising the wall would be very good for Gympie.
Our smaller regional townships are also facing water problems with the prevalence of the drier seasons we are experiencing in the last few years. Amamoor and Kandanga are supplied by the respective creeks which are far from reliable as of late. Kilkivan is solely bore water with these supplies needing good rain to recharge the aquifers, and Goomeri is on reservoir water with bore back-up.
Yes, we have had some decent falls of rain in the last few months, but it didn’t amount to any large run-off events. We are really in a green drought with a lot of our rural landholders having very low water storage for their livestock.
How do we manage this problem? Always practice water conservation, and take notice and abide by any water restrictions enforced by council. People may think there is no problem; council however, through monitoring water levels in all reservoirs, will know better and will at times impose restrictions to ensure water is available to all residents and shortages are kept to a minimum.
Long-term we need a higher allocation for the region and this will hopefully be gained by raising the level of Borumba Dam and finding more sustainable sources for our regional towns.
I ask again all residents, please at all times practice water conservation measures.
Cr Hilary Smerdon