Funded by an NDIS Community Inclusion and Capacity Development (CICD) grant, the garden will feature a gazebo and wheelchair-suitable pathways to ensure everyone has access. The garden is designed to enhance the wellbeing and outdoor experiences of people who use the facility.
Another CICD grant will help to build an Indigenous story wall, telling the story of the local Indigenous people. Colac NDIA Engagement and Community Strategy team member, Amber Yarde, said NDIA staff had worked closely with Colac Neighbourhood House Co-ordinator, Bev Rimmer, to bring this idea to life.
‘From day one when the NDIS arrived in Colac, staff approached the community to tell them about the CICD grants and to ask if they had any ideas to help make local areas more accessible and enjoyable for people with disability,’ Ms Yarde said.
‘Ms Rimmer came back to us with a great proposal to build a sensory garden and Indigenous story wall in the grounds of the Colac Neighbourhood House.’ The sensory garden is the first of its kind in the local area, and will benefit the many people with disability who use this facility, as well as the wider community.