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Wendy Lynch the Rural Access Officer for the Wimmera has undertaken a gap analysis in preparation for the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Wimmera. The anticipated timeframe for the rollout of the NDIS across the whole of Victoria is 2016-2019. Implementation of the scheme across the Wimmera is scheduled to commence from 1 October 2017. Rural Access Wimmera does not approve or take any responsibility for any unauthorised changes to this report. This report was completed in November 2015 and information in this report is subject to change as we approach Rollout of the NDIS. For more information, please contact the Council's Rural Access Project Officer on 5382 9585. Rural Access is a program which supports communities to plan and develop ways of including people of all abilities in local community life. The Rural Access Officer works with local groups and organisations, businesses and the broader community to strengthen the community's capacity to provide support to people of all abilities and their families.

The Rural Access worker does this by:
• Helping people and organisations work together more effectively.
• Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people of all abilities through community education and awareness raising.
• Supporting service providers to assist people live the life they choose.
• Ensuring the needs of all people are considered when community planning.
• Developing easy ways for people to access information about services, community activities and issues.
• Developing and implementing projects which respond to needs and community priorities.

The Rural Access worker has a responsibility to plan and develop initiatives across the full range of community areas including:
• Access to the built environment
• Education and employment
• Accommodation and housing
• Health and wellbeing
• Transport
• Sports and recreation
• Tourism

Rural Access is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and is implemented in partnership with Horsham Rural City Council and covers Horsham, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and Hindmarsh Local Government areas. For more information, please contact the Council's Rural Access Project Officer on 03 5382 9585.

We are Relay Service Friendly

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment:

1. Contact us through the National Relay Service http://relayservice.gov.au/support/training/nrs-call-numbers/ 

2. Give the number 03 5382 9777 you want to call.

For more information, visit: http://www.relayservice.gov.au