Disability Inclusion Access Plan 2016-2020
For information about Council's plan to create a more accessible City, visit our Disability Inclusion Action Plan page.
We've made a series of social stories to help people take part in community activities. Current stories are shown below.
These stories are in Word format so you can customise them to suit your needs.
National Relay Service
Callers who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment can contact the National Relay Service (NRS) by calling 1800 555 677 then asking for Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111
Seniors and People with Disability Directory
This directory [4.9 MB]
includes services to help with people with accessibility needs, or carers seeking support services. You can also request hard copies of the directory by calling (02) 4227 7111.
Disability Access Guide Brochure
The Disability Access Guide Brochure [1.7 MB]
provides a summary of the services Council offers to promote equal access to our services and facilities. Available for download below, or call (02) 4227 7111 to request hardcopies of the brochure.
Council's Interpreter Service: AUSLAN interpreter
We provide onsite, face-to-face interpreting in more than 22 languages (including AUSLAN) for public, community and private sector agencies. For more information visit our Interpreter Service page
Celebration of Ability Calendar
Each year we support the Celebration of Ability
program of events to recognise the contributions of people with disability in our community.
Accessible Services and Facilities
Wollongong-Shellharbour Community Transport Service
This service helps with transport for older people and people with disabilities. Visit the CTWS website
Wollongong Central Library provides access to a number helpful services and technologies for people with visual impairment and reading difficulties. For more information, visit the libraries website
Available at three of our most popular beaches - Stanwell Park, Thirroul and Port Kembla. Access to the chairs is available seven days a week during the surf lifesaving season.
Wollongong Botanic Garden, Towradgi Park and Thirroul Beach Reserve playgrounds. Features typically include: playmaze, dry creek bed with a water pump, customised spiderweb net, watering can cubby house, timber boardwalk, observation tower, sandpit, swings, slides.
Liberty Swing at Stuart Park Playground
This swing can be accessed via an attached ramp. To use this, you will need a MLAK key or to contact Council on (02) 4227 7111.
Travis-Adams Accessible Rainforest Walk.
An excellent network of paths for accessing most walks; accessible parking bays and toilets. Located at Wollongong Botanic Garden
near the Murphys Avenue entrance.
Accessible Public Swimming Pools
- Wollongong Continental Pool includes a ramp and hoist (no lifeguard service)
- Port Kembla Pool can be accessed via beach entry
- Beaton Park Indoor Pool includes a hoist
- Corrimal and Dapto pools include a hoist.
Pools have dedicated accessible parking spaces, accessible toilets and easy access to changing rooms. For pool locations and hours of operations, see our Public Pools page
Windang, Corrimal and Bulli Beach tourist parks
include several accessible cabins equipped with a range of features for use by people with a disability.
Further Information on Disability Services and Support
NSW Companion Card
Council is part of the Companion Card program. This initiative helps make it easier for people with significant disability who require a carer to attend events and venues, by issuing a second ticket/entry for the carer free of charge. It applies to any ticketed events organised by Council, as well as our leisure centres and paid-entry pools. To find out more about the program, visit www.nswcompanioncard.org.au
National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline (Part of Job Access)
Anyone can call the Hotline to report cases of abuse or neglect including physical, sexual, psychological, legal and civil abuse, restraint and restrictive practices, or financial abuse. It can also include the withholding of care and support which exposes an individual to harm. For more information visit Job Access
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Phone the NDIS on 1800 800 110 if you have any questions or to ask for an access request form, or visit www.ndis.gov.au/
Inclusive Sport Directory Illawarra and South Coast
The Inclusive Sport Directory [1.5MB] provides a summary of the local sport opportunities for people with disability in the Illawarra and South Coast region of NSW. Available for download, or call (02) 13 13 22.
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WOLLONGONG CITY COUNCIL
Wollongong City Council, 41 Burelli Street,
Wollongong NSW 2500 ▪ Postal:
Locked Bag 8821
Wollongong DC NSW 2500
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