The Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) acknowledges the diversity of the South Australian Community. As part of its endeavour to reflect and benefit from this diversity, DEWNR has developed the Disability Action and Inclusion Plan.
The purpose of this plan is to provide a structured approach in DEWNR towards identifying and systematically removing discriminatory practices affecting people with disabilities. The plan’s intention is to effect proactive change that makes equal opportunity a reality for people with disabilities, including people who might make use of specialist of other services provided by the agency, who seek employment in, or who are already a part of DEWNR’s workforce.
For the 2016 – 2017 period the following activities were undertaken:
- Kitchen Garden at Adelaide Botanic Gardens equipped with paths for access for wheelchairs as well as wheelchair entry to Basket Weave structure
- Identification of autism friendly parks (Deep Creek for camping) in collaboration with Autism SA
- Cobbler Creek Recreation Park – fully compliant disabled access, toilets, carparks, Class 1 path, picnic/bbq shelters. A variety of Class 2 (assisted access) Trails and play equipment
- Onkaparinga National Park - fully compliant disabled access, toilets. A variety of Class 2 (assisted access) Trails and camping sites
- Anstey Hill Recreation Park - fully compliant disabled access, toilets, carparks. A variety of Class 2 (assisted access) Trails and picnic shelters
- Hallett Cove Conservation Park – new Class 2 (assisted access) Trail to Black Cliff lookout
- Morialta Conservation Park Nature Play Space - new Class 2 (assisted access) Trail and play opportunities
- Parra Wirra Recreation Park (under construction due for completion Feb 2018) - fully compliant disabled access, toilets, carparks, Class 1 paths, picnic/bbq shelters. A variety of Class 2 (assisted access) Trails and play equipment
- Black Hill NRC at Athelstone has full disability access to the reception area
- Morialta Resource centre is compliant for disability access
- Wheelchair access to Wetlands viewing area within Adelaide Botanic Gardens
- Continued development of the Naracoorte Caves Rooftop Walk which provides a disability access compliant trail linking a number of above-ground features at the Naracoorte Caves, including accessible viewing points at cave entrances, and a range of interpretive material. This project commenced in 15/16 and will be completed in late 2017.
For the 2016 – 2017 period the following events and/or support was also provided:
- Autism awareness training for Rangers within the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges region
- Autism Cubby Town event at Belair – collaboration with Parks, Autism SA and Nature Play SA
- Short term employment opportunities were provided through the Green Army program at Para Wirra Conservation Park to assist individuals with significant mental health issues in developing skills and confidence to return to the workforce
- Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium have conducted formal education programs inclusive of groups with students with physical and mental disability
- Students with disabilities have participated in Botanic Gardens State Herbarium Education events such as World Environment Day and Pollinators Festival.