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Social Planning provides information and advice to Council on planning and supporting an equitable and inclusive community for everyone; including people who experience disability, their carers and family members. This includes:

  • improving footpath access and connectivity, such as kerb ramps;
  • providing accessible parking in the right locations;
  • access to buildings, amenities and services;
  • inclusion in decision making processes.

You can access the link to our Disability Inclusion Plan to read more about how Council support people with a disability.

Council is committed to creating an environment that improves the liveability and quality of experiences for people living with a disability.

Beach access

  • Beach Wheelchairs - available free for use, located at Fingal Bay and Little Beach, Nelson Bay. To find out more information or to make a booking visit Beachside Holidays Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchairs. Bookings can also be made direct to the following:
    • Halifax Holiday Park, Tel: (02) 49811522
    • Fingal Bay Holiday Park, Tel: (02) 49811473
    • Fingal Bay Surf Club, Tel: (02) 4981 1450
  • Water Wheelchair and Beach Access Ramp - Council offers a disability access ramp at Little Beach, Nelson Bay which provides access to the water via a water wheelchair. The beach boasts lovely golden sand and disability play equipment, making this a perfect spot for families to enjoy the Bay.

MLAK key for public disabled toilets

male, female and accessible toilets icon

Council has a number of venues that include public amenities in Port Stephens. Those that have disabled access are listed on our website with the following symbol.


To obtain a MLAK Key for access to public disability toilets and facilities contact council.

Hearing service support

If you are deaf, or have a hearing or speech impairment, contact us through the National Relay Service.

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 02 9265 9333
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 02 9265 9333
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for 02 9265 9333
  • video relay users choose the available NRS video relay on Skype and ask for 02 9265 9333
  • SMS relay users phone 0423 677 767 and ask for 02 9265 9333.

Disability Services in Port Stephens

For disability services in Port Stephens please view the Port Stephens Community Directory.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

View the Port Stephens Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan (PDF 2MB).

Disability parking

A number of Disability Parking spaces are available in the Port Stephens town centres for your convenience.

Street/Town

Location

Angle

No. Spaces

Donald Street East Carpark, Nelson Bay

Ground Floor

90° Front or Rear

4

Donald Street West Carpark, Nelson Bay

Eastern Entrance

90° Front or Rear

4

Magnus Street

Near Post Office

Parallel

2

Stockton Street

Near Seabreeze Hotel

Parallel

1

Teramby Road

Near Marina

90° Front or Rear

5

Victoria Parade

Fly Point

Parallel

2

Beach Road

Little Beach

Parallel

2

Shoal Bay Road

Nelson Bay RSL

Parallel

3
Town Centre Circuit, Salamander BayTomaree Library

90° Front or Rear

4
Town Centre Circuit, Salamander BayTomaree Community Centre

90° Front or Rear

1
Aquatic Close, Salamander BayTomaree Aquatic Centre

90° Front or Rear

2
Leisure Way, Raymond Terrace

Lakeside Aquatic Centre

90° Front or Rear6
Warren Street, SeahamSchool of Arts Carpark90° Front or Rear3
The Close, Raymond TerraceThe Hub90° Front or Rear6
Sturgeon Street, Raymond TerraceRaymond Terrace Library90° Front or Rear2

Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace

Council Admin building

90° Front or Rear2
William Street, Raymond TerraceNear pedestrian crossingAngle2
William Street, Raymond Terrace

Opposite Police Station

Angle1
Ferodale Road, MedowieMedowie Community Centre90° Front or Rear4
James Paterson Street, Anna BayBirubi Surf Club90° Front or Rear2

Disability Parking Permits (Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS)) provide concessions to people with mobility issues.  Roads and Maritime Services is the Agency responsible for issuing the permits.

A Mobility Permit Holder can park in spaces marked with a symbol for people with disabilities and also provides parking concessions in other spaces if a marked space is unavailable:

  • where parking is limited by a sign to more than 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for an unlimited time;
  • where parking is limited by a sign to 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for 2 hours;
  • where parking is limited by a sign to less than 30 minutes, Mobility Permit Holders can park for a maximum of 30 minutes;
  • at a 'No Parking' sign, Mobility Permit Holders may park up to 5 minutes. The driver must remain in the vehicle or within 3 metres of the vehicle to drop off or pick up passengers or goods; and
  • when parking in metered or ticketed parking areas operated by Council, no charge is applied. Charges may apply in privately operated parking areas.

Please obey all other Parking rules.