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Wellbeing becomes a stronger focus for Port Stephens


Port Stephens is set to become a more inclusive and healthier place to live after council recently adopted a Community Wellbeing Strategy.

The roadmap, which received a unanimous response, will go a long way to ensuring residents can lead happy, healthy and connected lives no matter their age, background or ability.

“This plan represents our commitment to making Port Stephens a locale where wellbeing is prioritised,” mayor Ryan Palmer said.

“But, we know for that to grow, it’s critical all people in our community, especially our most vulnerable, have the same access and opportunity to participate in all the things that make Port Stephens an incredible place.”

More than 770 residents shared their time, ideas and opinions towards the strategy.

“Through our conversations with the community, we’ve learnt that wellbeing means different things to different people and ranges from fundamental basic needs such as access to food, water and shelter through to accessibility, time with family and friends and access to facilities,” Central Ward councillor Jason Wells said.

“After listening, we’ve focused the strategy on creating inclusive places that encourage participation in community life.

“We need to make sure our residents feel safe in our public spaces and build our resilience, capacity and skills to ensure they can adapt and thrive in times of change.

“We’re also investigating setting up a Disability Inclusion Advisory Group to improve the input of those with disability-lived experience into council projects, programs and initiatives.”

Cr Palmer said the Community Wellbeing Strategy would kick-start with the celebration of the new accessible facilities at Little Beach on 29 June.

“Little Beach is now an inclusive place where more people with disabilities, their families and carers are able to enjoy the beautiful beaches we have in Port Stephens,” he explained.

“Recent upgrades include amenities incorporating ‘Changing Places’ accessible facilities, as well as change rooms and wheelchair storage.

“The playground’s also had a facelift with equipment, a drinking fountain, accessible paths, planting of shade trees and more seating.

“So, to celebrate, we’re hosting a fun-filled community event featuring the official opening along with activities, stalls, music and a sausage sizzle.

“I encourage everyone to come and enjoy the day.”

To view the Community Wellbeing Strategy, visit pscouncil.info/wellbeing-strategy

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