Jim Grainda, 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
Apologies were accepted for Leonie Clarke and Barbara Jones.
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 17 August 2010 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the Minutes of the meeting of the Access Advisory Committee held on 17 August be taken as read and confirmed with the following amendment:-
1. In Item 6.1 John Moxon stated that the Human Rights Commission have guidelines for accessible bus stops, not access complaints.
6. BUSINES ARISING
6.1.1 Review of Public Domain Details for Disability Access
There was a meeting prior to the Committee Meeting with
Vishal Lakhia and
6.2 Accessible Bus Stops - Partnership with Area Health
There was an audit conducted a couple of years ago, however at that time there were no Australian standards in place, so there is information on very poor bus shelters but there is no specific information if a bus shelter complies with standards for size of the concrete pad, location of signage and TGSIs etc .
A cross functional Council team has been established to determine high priority areas. The group is also looking at what else needs to be represented on the map to determine priority bus shelters for the upgrade, as current funding will mean approximately only 10 -20 bus stops can be improved, depending on the work required. As such, bus stops that need minimum alterations to bring them up to standard would be beneficial to stretch the funding further for a greater number of bus stops.
There were three target groups identified by location from census data as needing to use accessible bus stops:
· People with a disability
· People aged over 55
· Children aged under 4 years
Target areas that these groups may be going to, and that the areas for prioritisation might focus on, include:
· Disability Services
· Town Centres
· Education areas
· Child care facilities
· Aged care facilities
· Train stations
· Nursing homes
A series of work-in-progress maps were presented with the population target groups in colour blocks and focus areas highlighted:
· The Winston Hill Area (red) has the highest density of the target groups;
· Guildford and North Parramatta have a slightly lower density.
Things that might be included in consideration of prioritising bus stops:
· The bus T-Ways routes as they are accessible and some areas have feeder buses to the T-Ways;
· The really poor stops noted in the previous audit
· Accessible train stations with non complying bus shelters should be given a priority as they can be ‘links’ between a person’s entire journey;
· Bus stop on Pennant Hills Road before Kings School to enable access to thh high speed bus service to Epping.
Additional considerations / issues:
· Until public transport is accessible, people affected by inaccessibility will not use it; and because of low usage, it is not a priority;
· There may be an accessible bus in one direction but it doesn’t run the other way;
· Some stations aren’t accessible even if advertised as such – these stations should be low priority for upgrading of bus stops;
· Could consider stops near highly used ones to increase ease of use (such as not sharing waiting space, or boarding/descending, with school children) to make access to buses and stops easier.
6.2 Update on Evac Chairs- Confirmation of Information Received
6.3 Update on corner of Crown and Harris Streets
The council has a process for installing/changing any type of pedestrian crossing. The RTA has criteria that set out minimum numbers for pedestrian and vehicle traffic that must be fulfilled to warrant different pedestrian crossings. There are 3 traffic counts conducted over an hour period each. There is a reduction in the minimum number for people crossing if over 50% are elderly. School children pedestrians also reduce the required minimum number.
If the numbers meet RTA criteria, then it is added to Council’s Pedestrian Project List. It is only taken to the Traffic Advisory Committee when Council has the budget for the proposed changes. If the project meets RTA criteria and the Committee endorses the recommendation, a warrant is issued by the RTA approving the project. Council may seek external funding for the project if there is no internal budget for it.
The identified crossing at Crown and Harris Streets did not
meet the minimum RTA requirements for the traffic count, even with
considerations for the aged and school children. As such, a pedestrian refuge
island will not be installed. A report was forwarded to
There were two parts to the request. Councillor
The second part was a pedestrian crossing for the bus stop
6.5 IDPwD Update
of the Committee met with Council Community Place Development Officer
The stall would have:
· Brochures on access issues
· Information from the Human Rights Commission
· Posters of disability aids – from suppliers – the Committee to source
· CDs: “The good, the bad, and the ugly”
· Banner for the Access Committee
The surveys would be conducted by Committee members and are easy to complete. It would also include good and bad access related areas. The Access Committee stall area would have large maps of the CBD and the LGA for people to place a sticker or a pin on showing good and bad access areas.
stated that Council should be giving copies of the CD “The good, the bad, and
the ugly” to anyone lodging a commercial Development Application prior to
actual lodgement of the DA, and asked that
There will also be an access tour of Parramatta Station on IDPwD.
That John Moxon submit an application to have a stall at the IDPWD on behalf of the Access Advisory Committee.
The list of works to be completed with the funding received is as follows:-
· Parra Town Hall – Installation of a Hearing Loop and Signage
· Heritage Centre – Installation of Hearing Loops
· Ermington Community Centre – Installation of an access ramp, Hearing Loops and Signage
· Aunties and Uncles – Door widening, Disabled Parking and a Disabled Toilet
7. CORRESPONDENCE IN
· Support for Duy Nguyen for Citizen of the Year
· Response from CityRail to Duy Nguyen regarding access at Yagoona train station
8. GENERAL BUSINESS
The Committee asked if there was any further information about Lake Parramatta Reserve and if there was redevelopment proposed for the area, including the possibility of a new convention centre. The Committee asked that this be investigated and if there are plans for redevelopment, that the Access Advisory Committee have input into any these plans.
8.2 New Members
Joe Dimech and Hamish Murray gave a brief introduction about themselves.
Joe Dimech and Hamish Murray receive application information to become Members of the
5:30pm 21 December 2010
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
The meeting concluded at 7:13 pm