New staff making a mark on Special Needs Library

9 December 2015

The city’s residents will benefit from improved library services and specialised staff, with Mayor Tom Tate today visiting our Nerang Special Needs Library.

“The library has 1370 active members and I’m delighted to be visiting today to say hello to some customers and to check out their new facilities,’’ he said.

“Our Council has a key role in ensuring all residents feel included, engaged and supported. Vulnerable members of our city are particularly important and I applaud these Council staff who give their time, love and energy into making a difference.’’

Two new part-time staff - a qualified physiotherapist and exercise physiologist - have been working to improve outcomes by selecting resources that best support the development and rehabilitation of children, youth and adults with special needs.

They have also been working to refresh the library’s resource collection.

“About 16 per cent of Gold Coast residents have a disability. By 2031, more than 20 per cent of our population will be over 65 so this library is an extremely important asset,’’ he said.

Mayor Tate said the staff had been worked closely with schools, government agencies, allied health professionals and community organisations across the coast to promote the library and encourage families to utilise this asset.

“The City’s Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan aims to make our city a better place to live and visit for people of all age groups and abilities,” he said.

City of Gold Coast Libraries offers services including adaptive work stations, large keyboards, portable audio loops, magnifiers, library orientation, audio books and large print books.

Resources in the special needs collection are available to anyone with a disability or their legal guardian or carer who live within the City of Gold Coast and are members of our libraries.

An appointment for an initial visit to the Special Needs Library can be made at 5581 7180.

To learn more about Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan visit: cityofgoldcoast.com.au/access

New staff making a mark on Special Needs Library photo