Disability Advisory Committee

This Committee advises Council on how to build an inclusive community that responds to the needs and issues of community members with disability.

There are nine community members on the committee comprising people with disability, carers of people with disability and people representing disability-specific agencies. One Councillor and one Council officer is nominated, but these are non-voting positions. The committee meets every six weeks.

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Margherita Coppolino

Local resident Margherita is a photographer and industry accredited Trainer and Mediator with skills in project management, mediation and facilitation. She has extensive personal and professional experience in dealing with inclusion issues, and has served on the Boards of Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre, Action on Disability Within Ethnic Communities, Women With Disabilities Australia and Short Statured People of Australia.

Pamela Debrincat

Pamela is a visual artist with Artlife at Footscray Community Arts Centre and is studying a Certificate 1 in Transition Education at Victoria Polytechnic. She enjoys volunteering and working with children, and likes to challenge herself with new experiences. Pamela is the first person with intellectual disability to join the DAC and is currently in her second term.

 
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Rachel Harvey

Local resident Rachel has lived with hearing loss since birth, and has experienced the impact of unrecognised hearing loss on early language development and social connectedness. Rachel has facilitated creative education programs for people with disability, been a carer taking people with disability on holidays, and studied Inclusive Education and Auslan Sign Language. Her particular interest is in hearing and other disabilities that are not immediately visible.

Greg Herriman

Greg has worked in disability service provision for 15 years and has seen many lives profoundly changed for the better by participation and inclusion in the community. His current work with WCIG’s Social Enterprise Group provides long term employment opportunities for people with mental illness. Greg believes disability is not a label or a concept or a sentence to a life less lived - it is people facing obstacles who may or may not need assistance to overcome or remove those obstacles.

 
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Marilyn King

Marilyn has 30 years’ experience as a Chemical Sensitivity Counsellor and is co-founder and President of W.O.W! which provides financial, emotional and practical support for unemployed people over 50. Marilyn lives and works locally and was awarded Maribyrnong City Council’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. She is committed to improving the access of people with disability into all aspects of community life.

Paul Kinna

Paul has over 20 years’ working within the disability sector in employment, training and psycho social rehabilitation. Currently a teacher with Western Futures at Victoria Polytechnic, he supports young people with intellectual disability to develop independent living and working skills. Paul believes access to meaningful employment and worthwhile activity should be available to everyone, and is committed to improving the access and connection of young people with disability to their community.

 
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Nadia Mattiazzo

Nadia is a person with vision impairment who has lived locally for 10 years. Working as the MetroAccess Officer with the City of Yarra she plays a lead role supporting residents in the roll out of the NDIS. Nadia has lived experience of disability as well as extensive employment experience in improving access and inclusion for people with disability, and brings a unique perspective to the DAC during this crucial period of change in the disability sector.

Alex Miller

Alex is a Physiotherapist who has lived and worked locally for 10 years. Her main clinical work is with children with disability at Rosamond Special School, and her employment with Western Health focusses on improving service delivery for people with disability. Alex has specialist skills in navigating the health disability interface which was recognised when she was selected as one of three finalists in the National Disability Awards in 2015.

 
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Steven Pham

Steven is a carer for his 23 year old brother. He believes we need concerted effort to change perceptions and breakdown the invisible and attitudinal barriers that prevent full community participation and inclusion for people with disability. His brother inspires him to use his knowledge, experience and position to empower others and to make a positive difference for people with disability in the west. Utilising skills and expertise from his corporate career, Steven adopts and applies these attributes to the disability sector and to improving access and inclusion in our community.

 

You can download a copy of the Disability Advisory Committee's Terms of Reference below.

DAC Achievements 

DAC has provided advice to Council or participated in:

  • Disability Policy and Action Plan
  • Affordable Housing
  • Wayfinding in Footscray
  • Taxi services for people with disability
  • Maribyrnong Inclusive Recognition Awards
  • Playgrounds and Open Space
  • Nicholson Street Mall and Maddern Square
  • International Day of People with Disability
  • Mobility Maps.