Item 9.2 - Attachment 1
Access Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 15
MINUTES OF THE ACCESS
ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD IN MEETING ROOMS 1 & 2, GROUND FLOOR,
COUNCIL CHAMBER BUILDING, CIVIC PLACE, PARRAMATTA ON TUESDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2011,
COMMENCING AT 5.35PM.
Joe Dimech, Jim Grainda,
Debbie Manuel, John Moxon, Hamish Murray, Duy Quang
Nguyen and Peter Simpson
Tanya Owen – Community Capacity Building
Officer, Elisabeth Collins (Community Services Team Leader) and Joy Bramham –
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.
3. APOLOGIES (Grainda/Simpson)
Apologies were accepted for Barbara Jones and Leonie Clarke.
4. CONFLICT OF INTEREST DECLARATION
were no declarations made regarding conflict of interest at this meeting.
5. CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS
copy of the Minutes of the Access Advisory Committee meeting held on 21
December 2010 had previously been forwarded to each member.
the Minutes of the meeting of the Access Advisory Committee held on 21 December
2010 be taken as read and confirmed.
6. BUSINESS ARISING
6.1 Public Domain Details Update
Peter Simpson, Hamish
Murray and John Moxon received the Public Domain Details documentation
completed to date and submitted comments directly to Kati
Westlake. Their comments can be made available to Committee Members
Action: Tanya Owen
will follow up with Kati Westlake
regarding the feedback given by Members, and any information received from Kati
will be emailed back to the Members. If there is any further progress made,
Tanya will also invite Kati to the next Committee meeting to speak on this.
6.2 Lake Parramatta update
Tanya Owen spoke with the Open Space team and was told that the
Plan of Management for the Lake
Parramatta site will
probably be available through public exhibition in March/April. The Plan of
Management will inform any future development on the site, but there are
currently no plans to develop this site.
Tanya Owen will inform the Committee when the Plan of
Management is on public exhibition. However, Council will announce it being
placed on public exhibition through advertisements on Council’s website, in
local papers and at the library.
6.3 “The good, the bad, and the
ugly” CD report back
Tanya Owen advised that after discussion with several Council
departments, the “The good, the bad and the ugly” could be given to the
relevant people during DA prelodgement, and the checklist be amended to include
watching the CD. She advised the
Committee that not everyone participated in DA pre-lodgement meetings, and that
the the DA cost is legislated and as such the fee can not be increased, and therefore
Council would have to bear the cost. The recommendation to Council, as written
in the Report to Council 28 February 2011, reflects this.
to Council together with the minutes from the last Access Committee meeting and
the recommendation on this issue have not yet been endorsed by Council.
6.4 Recharging electric scooter
Tanya Owen told the Committee that she had approached
Parramatta Library about providing a power point for the resident to access,
but staff felt that there was not an appropriate place. On a single case basis,
a power point can be provided in the Council Chambers building, with
appropriate supervision. The resident has been contacted and informed of their
ability to access this, and the need to meet with Tanya so that she can show
the resident where this is and the conditions associated with this access. Tanya Owen suggested that if more people raise this
as an issue a policy will need to be established.
6.5 Ground Floor bell access report
Tanya Owen received communication that the Civic Place side
entrance to Council Chambers did not have a separate button for meeting rooms 1
and 2 (where the Access Committee usually meets). However, later testing by
Council Officers revealed that the button labelled “Senior Centre” at both
entrances would alert Rooms 1 and 2.
6.6 Ferry/wharf incident for
resident report back
advised that she received feedback from Sydney Ferries regarding a complaint
made by her on behalf of a participant of the IDPwD who had raised their
experience with Members of the Committee at the Committee IDPwD stall. The
complaint related to being left at Rydalmere wharf due to tidal impacts on the
ferry route, and then being unable to use a toilet while waiting for an
accessible bus to arrive. They said that the Customer has been in contact
directly, and it was the result of a breakdown in process as there should have
been accessible buses available. Sydney Ferries is reviewing the process
breakdown, and the complaint has been seen to by a Claims Manager.
John Moxon advised that if a person has a valid bus ticket,
they can ask the bus driver to have an accessible bus sent or an accessible
from Chris McAlpine – from the Deaf
Society advising that FaHCSIA funding up to $100,000 available to make councils
more accessible could be used for a video of Australian Sign Language could be
made and posted on Parramatta Council’s website.
8.1 FaHCSIA Accessible Communities Funding
Discussion followed the above correspondence submitted by
John Moxon. Previous information on this funding had been shared with Council
Units, and Civil Infrastructure is submitting an application for funding. The
Committee asked that Tanya Owen
follow up with the Deaf Society and relevant Council Units on the possibility
of using the funding for the suggested purposes. Further, as the Committee had
been involved in prioritising a list of works/equipment purchases for improved
access at Council Facilities, it was recommended that the list of works that
did not take place due to restricted funding should be shared with Civil Infrastructure
for consideration in the application.
Tanya Owen will check that the
FaHCSIA funding guidelines allow for what is proposed by the Deaf Society,
before conferring with the Deaf Society and relevant Council Units. Tanya Owen will also forward the list of prioritised
work/equipment together with the final works list to Civil Infrastructure for
consideration in the application for funding.
Invitation to Marcus Burt, RailCorp
Duy Quang Nguyen
asked that Marcus Burt, Customer Service Manager – RailCorp, be invited to the
next Committee meeting. The Committee discussed that this would be useful to
provide further information regarding the proposed changes to how people with
disabilities board trains.
Tanya Owen will extend an invitation
to Marcus Burt on behalf of the Access Committee to attend the April Meeting of
the Committee and provide information regarding the proposed changes to how
people with disabilities board trains.
John Moxon informed the Committee that the Museum of Contempory Art
is offering free short courses to Seniors in Digital Photography, however not
all days were to be offered at an accessible venue. The Australian Photography
Society has agreed to relocate the laboratory computers for one of the short
courses, but are unable to do so for the second as the accessible space was already being
utilised at the other times other.
Auditory Assistance Devices
Joe Dimech advised that some of the auditory assistance
devices for pedestrian crossings in Parramatta
are not up to standard. The Committee reaffirmed that this should be reported
to the RTA on 131700, but that Joe Dimech could bring information to the
Committee on those that were working particularly poorly.
Peter Simpson advised the Committee that he is involved in
one of the inventions being showcased on the next New Inventors on Wednesday 16
February. He will be trialling a basket
for a wheelchair.
Chair next Meeting
John Moxon advised that he would be absent for the next
meeting. Deputy Chairperson, Debbie Manuel, will Chair.
19 April 2011 at 5:30pm
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
The meeting concluded at 6:22 pm