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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
Page: 10237


Mr WALLACE (Fisher) (13:41): This week is Disability Action Week in Queensland. This initiative aims to raise awareness of disability issues and to improve access and inclusion for people with disability throughout our state. As a parent of a child with a disability, I know about many of the challenges that face families in our community. But I also know about the strengths, diversity and achievements of all Queenslanders living with disability. This year's theme is 'Everybody has a role to play'.' Whether it be the Events Centre Caloundra, whose successful $3 million Building Better Regions fund application this year is allowing them to improve disability access at a community facility, or the constituent who approached me at a recent listening post to tell me from his wheelchair about the issues of accessibility on Nicklin Way, we can all play a part in making life better for people with disability.

There are events taking place throughout Queensland this week. An exhibition on unlocking the barriers to education will be held on Thursday in Mountain Creek, near my electorate. Other events reflect the full diversity of this community: a golf day, a dance, a river walk and a photographic competition. There's something for everyone this week.

I encourage Queenslanders to attend a Disability Action Week events this week to find out more about disability issues or to share their own story at www.allabilities.qld.gov.au. (Time expired)