Item 10.1 - Attachment 1
Access Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 17 August 2010
Leonie Clarke, Jim Grainda, Barbara Jones, Debbie Manuel, John Moxon, Duy Quang Nguyen and Peter Simpson
John Moxon welcomed everyone to the Access Committee.
2. ACKOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS
John Moxon acknowledged the Burramatugal Clan of The Darug, the traditional land owners of Parramatta and paid respect to the elders both past and present.
There were no apologies for the meeting.
4. CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION
There were no declarations made regarding conflict of interest at this meeting.
5. CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
A copy of the Minutes of the Access Advisory Committee meeting held on 22 June 2010 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the Minutes of the meeting of the Access Advisory Committee held on 22 June be taken as read and confirmed with “Northcote” in item 7 being changed to “Northcott”.
6. BUSINES ARISING
Due to staff issues progress has not been as fast as anticipated, however the Urban Design team have a new project timeline and the design documentation introduction to access and public space should be finalised by the end of year. As part of this there have been surveys on access, street lighting consultation and water sensitivity studies conducted that will be part of the guidelines for the city centre
The documents are currently being complied and will consist of a general introduction to access issues, the idea and complexities surrounding access, the standards that must be followed etc. with both writing and diagrams. It will need to have comments from several different Council units including the Urban Design Team, the Depot, Traffic and Transport, and the RTA and utilities companies as well as the Access Advisory Committee.
The current codes and standards are confusing as the new standards for access to premise do not include footpaths and public areas. The DDA does not have an actual standard, but states that there should not be any discrimination. Because of this, the RTA and Council have slightly differing procedures and codes and further expert advice is still required, especially as different disabilities have different access needs.
stated that the Human Rights Commission has put together guidelines for dealing
with access related complaints and asked if Council has also looked at and integrated
these into the proposed document.
6.2 Final update on Evac Chairs
Beth Collins stated that Council procedure requires that a staff member who works in the Chambers building with a vision impairment wait on a stairwell landing in the fire escape during an emergency. Beth stated that she would provide information to the Committee on the procedure.
6.3 Update on corner of Crown and Harris Streets
Tanya has spoken with
The Access Committee noted that the day the count is taken can influence how many people use the crossing, for example, pension days will have a higher volume of pedestrian traffic.
Barbara Jones asked that the recommendation from the meeting
of 22 June 2010 in regard to the crossing of
A crossing should be located on Pennant Hills Road on the South side of the Bellevue Street intersection, near where the bus stop is located on Pennant Hills Road. The RTA will need to permit the installation of either a crossing or a refuge. This will depend on a traffic count. The Traffic and Transport unit at Council will carry out the traffic count and if the necessary numbers are achieved, then a report will go to the Traffic Engineering Advisory Group and the Parramatta Traffic Committee. Their recommendations are then taken to Council to be endorsed.
Council Officers noted that members of the Committee could put in a service request on any pavements that are potential trip hazards. Councillor Bide suggested the Committee as a whole could put in a Service Request. During the meeting Councillor Bide put in a Councillor Service Request in relation the trip hazard on Bellevue Street.
(a) That a pedestrian crossing at Pennant Hills Road near Bellevue Street be constructed on the South side of intersection, to provide a safe crossing for local residents needing to use the bus stop.
(b) Further that it be noted that Bellevue Street near this intersection is a trip hazard due to uneven pavements and inadequate lighting and that this be rectified as a matter of urgency, and support Councillor Bide’s Service Request to address this.
6.5 Westfield Interchange, report back from Barbara Jones
Barbara Jones stated that she has been told several
different things by people at
6.6 IDPwD – Update on Employer Lunch
The lunch is in response to the need identified by members of the IDPwD planning committee to address employer attitudes towards employing people with disabilities, and answer questions that many find difficult to ask about employing people with disabilities.
The planning committee hopes to involve 8-12 employment agencies and have about 60 people attend the lunch including CEO’s and HR managers.
6.6 Update on Integrated Transport Plan
The Integrated Transport Plan was adopted by Council in May this year and both the full document and a summary are now available from Council’s website.
7. CORRESPONDENCE IN
· Australia Day Application for Duy Quang Nguyen
· Guide Dog Client Survey
8. GENERAL BUSINESS
8.1 Update on NSW Community Building Partnership Grants Scheme
At the meeting on 16 February 2010 the Committee prioritised a list of projects. The full amount of the grant requested was not received, and as such, works to be completed have been selected from the top of the list of priorities . Council received less than half the grant requested, but will be matching this funding to complete the selected works.
8.2 Report back on seminar on new Access to Premises standards
8.3 Western Sydney Public Transport Users
Barbara Jones informed the Committee that another forum for Western Sydney Public Transport Users (WSPTU) had been held and that the organisation was interested in recruiting members.
8.4 Invite to Hamish Murray
Due to a misunderstanding over who would extend the invitation, Hamish Murray did not get invited to this evening’s Committee meeting. An invitation will be sent for the next Access Advisory meeting.
5:30pm 19 October 2010
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
Council Chambers Building
The meeting concluded at 6.58pm