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Creating inclusive bicycle trails

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are proud to have partnered with Nillumbik Shire Council to work towards creating more inclusive opportunities for all local residents.

The Council has recently been announced as a recipient of the Stronger Communities Programme Round 3 grant, with additional funding to be provided by the Brotherhood to bring the project to reality.

The Stronger Communities Programme supports the Australian Government’s commitment to help deliver social benefits in communities across Australia.

The grant is for the creation of adaptive bike storage facilities for people with a disability in order to improve accessibility and use of the Diamond Creek Trail, which connects the two major townships of Eltham and Diamond Creek.

Currently, trail users who require a specialised bike cannot access the Diamond Creek Trail because of difficulty transporting the size and weight of specialised bikes.

The aim of this project is to not only encourage community members with a disability to use the trail and spend more time being active but also enable families, friends and carers to participate in recreational activities together.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence are the local Partners in the Community in the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Nillumbik and across the North East Melbourne Area.

In addition to supporting people with a disability access the scheme, the Brotherhood is also working in partnership with local councils and community groups to identify opportunities to make our cities and communities more welcoming and inclusive for all people.

The development of accessible bike storage sheds in Eltham and Diamond Creek is expected for completion by June 18, 2018.

For further information about the NDIS in the North East Melbourne Area, contact the Brotherhood of St Laurence on 1300 BSL NDIS, or visit a Brotherhood NDIS office.

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