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  • NDIS - Have your say; Access and eligibility policy

    Have your say - Access and eligibility policy with independent assessments.

    From mid-2021 independent assessments will be used to help the NDIA make access and eligibility decisions.

    The NDIA is seeking in your views about:

    • How independent assessments will be used to help determine eligibility for the NDIS
    • When people might be exempted from completing an independent assessment
    • What information people applying to access the NDIS will have to provide as part of the access process
    • How we will remove the access lists used during the transition to the NDIS
    • The process for eligibility reassessments

    Find all the details and have your say on the NDIS website

  • Douglas Shire Council - Draft Economic Development Strategy Released For Public Consultation

    Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said the strategy presented a clear path to attract exciting new industries, create jobs and achieve sustainable economic growth.

    “Tourism underpins our economy, but we need to target new markets with fresh experiences, grow the health and well-being sector, as well as capitalise on our appeal to the lucrative sports tourism market,” he said.

    “In agriculture, Mossman Mill continues to look at diversifying its sugarcane products through the bio precinct, while we have recognised a unique potential to showcase our tropical fruit, seafood and indigenous foods through rich paddock-to-plate experiences.

    “To become a thriving economy, Douglas Shire needs smart, targeted and sustainable development to attract a modest increase in its population and capitalise on the deep affinity the southern pre-retirement and retirement demographic has with our destination.”

    The strategy identifies key projects such as the Mossman Mill bio precinct, Mossman Botanical Gardens and Great Barrier Reef Legacy Living Coral Bank, as important drivers in developing the environmental science sector to attract workers and residents to the region.

    Douglas Shire is home to over 12,000 residents, with almost 60% living in the two main population centres of Port Douglas and Mossman.

    Port Douglas is the tourist gateway to the region, while Mossman is the administrative, health, industrial and agricultural hub.

    The three key drivers identified in the strategy for economic growth are:

    • Diversify and expand the tourism offering
    • Diversify and innovate in agriculture
    • Targeted growth of Shire’s population

    Find out more, revie w the strategy and have your say at the Douglas Shire Council webpage - Draft Economic Development Strategy Released For Public Consultation

  • Active Douglas: Sports and Active Recreation Strategy

    Douglas Shire Mayor Michael Kerr said survey responses would help Council pinpoint areas it needs to focus its active recreational investment on.

    “We want to get a deeper understanding of the barriers that prevent people from participating in sport and how Council can improve its active recreational offering to get our community more active,” he said.

    “The Active8 Free Fitness program, which has seen a tremendous response from the community, is just one example of how Council can encourage more active lifestyles.”

    “Many people love mountain biking on the Bump Track, walking along Flagstaff Hill and using our local playgrounds, so we want everyone to tell us how we can make these better and create new active experiences.”

    The Active Douglas: Sports and Active Recreation Strategy follows the completion of a Masterplan for the Port Douglas Sports Complex and Mossman Showgrounds, which set out a vision for the Shire’s two main sporting precincts.

    Council staff are also currently working on a project which includes mapping existing hiking and mountain bike tracks to be promoted via Council’s website.

    A cycleway between Mossman and Cooya Beach is also in the pipeline with an upgrade to the Junction Creek Shared Pedestrian Bridge underway as part of the Principle Cycle Network.

    Mayor Kerr said the strategy would shape the Council’s active recreational investment for the next 10 years.

    “Douglas Shire is a fantastic place to get outdoors and be active,” he said.

    “With our natural assets and adventure experiences, we are well-positioned to capitalise on our active recreational potential, particularly with the Wangetti Trail project underway.”

    Council would like to hear from everyone including schools and business. The Active Douglas survey takes about five minutes to complete.

    If you are a parent or carer, please feel free to also complete an additional survey or surveys which reflect the activities of the child/children in your care, or ask them to complete the survey themselves.

    Please note the survey closes on Sunday, 21 February 2021.

    To thank you for your time, everyone who completes this survey will go into the draw to win 1 x $100 voucher or 1 x $50 voucher for Port Douglas Sports Power.

    Consultation webpage for Active Douglas Strategy

  • NDIS - Have your say; Planning policy

    Have your say - Planning policy for personalised budgets and plan flexibility

    From late 2021 independent assessments will be used to help the NDIA make personalised budget decisions.

    The NDIA are interested in your views about:

    • How independent assessments will be used to help determine a participant’s NDIS budget
    • How participants will have more flexibility in their NDIS budgets
    • Where funding will be ‘fixed’ (not flexible)
    • Plan implementation
    • Making changes to NDIS plans and check-ins

    Find out what is and is not changing, what does it mean for you. Read more about the planning process and budget flexibility. NDIA CEO Martin Hoffman has also answered some questions and dispelled some misinformation.

    Find all the details and have your say on the NDIS - Planning policy for personalised budgets and plan flexibility webpage

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  • NDIS - Have your say; Supporting young children and their families early

    Have your say - Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential.

    NDIS will implement components of the new Early Childhood approach from early 2021 through to 2022. The paper explains and invites feedback about:

    • The age group best suited to receive early childhood services and whether this should be changed from under seven years of age, to under nine years
    • How independent assessments will be used to determine eligibility and budgets for participants over 12 months of age
    • Short Term Early Intervention (STEI), which is the early support that is offered whether or not a child is eligible for the NDIS
    • Planning and implementation of best practice supports
    • Support for young children and families to transition to the next stage of their lives, if they are no longer eligible for the NDIS.

    The project consultation report outlines the research, recommendations and background on the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) reset is also available for anyone interested in understanding the detailed project activities.

    Find details and have your say at the NDIS webpage - Supporting young children and their families early, to reach their full potential