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Bondi Beach is now accessible
One of Australia's famous hotspots is now wheelchair accessible.
Thanks to the tireless work of Waverley Council, Access Bondi means that Bondi Beach is now accessible for people who are less mobile, use a wheelchair or a mobility aid.
The ramp is located at North Bondi, near North Bondi Lifesaving Club and Wally Weekes Pool.
As well as an accessible ramp, Waverley Council also provides the following facilities:
• Beach matting Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 8:30am - 2:30pm, depending on surf conditions.
• Kids and adults beach wheelchairs that can be accessed at anytime from temporary lockers located across from the accessible ramp. Bookings can be up to four hours at a time. This will allow people to travel across the sand and up to the water's edge.
Bookings can be made by calling (02) 9083 8400.
• Wheelchair accessible outdoor shower is located near the North Bondi toilets on the Promenade.
If you want to know more about Bondi Beach's accessible facilities, transport and parking click this link.
SCIA’s position on the NDIS Tune Review
With the release of the much anticipated Review of the NDIS Act and Participant Service Guarantee by David Tune, Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA) fully supports the 29 recommendations.
“We believe they will go some way to improving outcomes for participants and potential participants of the scheme”, says Mr Tony Jones, Policy & Advocacy Manager at SCIA.
“To date, the NDIS has not served the interests of all people engaging with the scheme, with far too many inconsistencies in the quality and functionality of plans, and unnecessarily lengthy delays in getting outcomes from unscheduled plan reviews. There has also been a lack of transparency from the NDIA in how planning decisions are made, much to the frustration of participants.”
The recommendations of the Tune review will go some way to correcting current problems experienced by participants. Particularly of note is extending times for prospective participants to gather evidence, allowing evidence to be used for multiple purposes; greater engagement for participants when deciding supported independent living funds; greater flexibility across the different funding streams of plans; participants receiving a full draft plan before it is approved and an onus on the NDIA to explain its decisions on how it is awarding funds and access decisions.
The Tune review also seeks to improve and reduce the time frames for internal reviews managed by the NDIA and external reviews through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The review mechanisms have been a constant frustration for participants seeking adjustments to poorly conceived plans that are not fit for purpose.
“SCIA has been calling out for draft plans to be reintroduced, including in our submission to the federal parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the NDIS’s Planning inquiry. Being able to look over a draft plan before it is finally approved will no doubt improve outcomes for participants and reduce the need for unscheduled reviews.”
“Lastly, the Tune review is silent on the current NDIA staff caps and SCIA would also like to see this cap lifted across the agency, which is currently limiting its capacity to function effectively.”
“We call on the federal government to act quickly to implement all of the recommendations of this review,” added Mr Jones.
Emergency information for NDIS participants
The National Disability Insurance Angency have released information for participants and their families affected by the recent bushfires.
Offices in New South Wales and Victoria have closed due to the impacting air quality and weather conditions.
Minister for the NDIS Stuart Robert has been working with the NDIA to help those who have been affected. This includes participants and their families affected by the fires should call NDIS on 1800 800 110, Monday to Friday between 8:00am - 8:00pm.
The NDIS website says that people affected by the fires will be prioritised to make sure they can still received support, such as replacing equipment once they are out of immediate danger.
Please check the NDIS website for the complete list of details.
2019 SCIA Christmas Closure Information
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia offices will be closed from 12:00pm Tuesday 24 December, Wednesday 25 December, Thursday 26 December as well as Wednesday 1 January.
Other than these dates, during the festive season skeleton staff will be on standby for people needing urgent assistance with their NDIS Support Coordination and Plan Management. NDIS Plan Managed invoices will occur uninterrupted during this time.
Should you have any urgent requests for assistance you can contact our Customer Connect team and you will be directed to an available coordinator.
The NDIS National Contact Centre (NCC) can be contacted from 8am to 8pm (local time) throughout the holidays on 1800 800 110. NCC staff will respond to questions where possible and refer your query on if required. The NCC will also operate on the main public holidays (Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day), in order to assist participants where required.
Our NeuroMoves exercise service will also be closed during this time. Please check your local NeuroMoves site or check with your local NeuroMoves Team Leader before our holiday break for site information.
If you need any further information or assistance please contact us in 1800 819 775 or email email@example.com.
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to what 2020 brings.
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