Mr John Moxon in the Chair, Leonie Clarke, Joe Dimech, Debbie
Manuel, Hamish Murray, Peter Simpson (retired 6.20pm), Clr
John Moxon welcomed everyone to the Access Committee.
2. ACKOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL OWNERS
John Moxon acknowledged
the Burramattagal Clan of The Darug, the traditional land owners of
There were no apologies
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 16 August 2011 had previously been forwarded to each member.
That the Minutes of the meeting of the Access Advisory Committee held on 16 August 2011 be taken as read and confirmed as a true record of the meeting.
6. Access and Equality Policy
The Committee considers that Disability, including related Access issues, should have a separate policy, but there should also be recognition that accessibility needs crossover into a lot of other areas.
7. Update on ParraConnect
John Moxon and Hamish Murray met with
The Committee noted that the proposed information kiosks may have accessibility problems such as glare, font size, contrast colour and voice output. It was noted that www.lighthouse.org has information regarding appropriate colour and font.
no specific and detailed Access standards in
The Committee recommended that the following message be sent on behalf of the Access Advisory Committee to the Chair of the ParraConnect Committee, and the Manager of Information Systems in Council, who are working with the Committee on implementing the project:
The Access Advisory Committee of Council recommends to the ParraConnect Committee that all technology implemented under the project should meet the provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) and be in accordance with provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992. Where there is no "standard" within the Act, guidance should be taken by Australian Standards 1428 Parts 1 & 2 and other relevant Australian and International Standards.
The Access Advisory Committee also recommends to the ParraConnect Committee to seek best practice, regardless of whether minimum standards have been established or these standards are absent for particular circumstances.
To implement standards and seek best practice, it is recommended to obtain advice from those with expertise in the field. Professional Access advice consultants can be found on the website of The Association of Consultants in Access Australia, www.acaa.asn.au. Further advice, particularly regarding best practice, can be sought from organisations with expertise in disabilities such as, (but not limited to):-
· People with Disability Australia
· Australian Federation for of Disability Organisations
And more specifically,
· Vision Australia
· Blind Citizens Australia
· Deaf Society NSW
· Deafness Forum
· Guide Dogs NSW
· National Seniors Australia
· ParaQuad NSW
· Cerebral Palsy Alliance
· Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
· Independent Living Centre NSW
· NSW Council for Intellectual Disability
· Brain Injury Association
· Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children
· Short Statured People of Australia
· Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
· National Ethnic Disability Alliance
· Autism Spectrum Australia
· Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW
· SANE Australia
· Epilepsy Australia
8. Public Domain Details
are up on the website. The committee noted that the link does not work.
Only 6 organisations
have applied for stalls so far, however the deadline is not until mid November
and related events are taking place that organisations are currently focused on.
Schizophrenia Society has asked if they can share the Access Committee’s stall.
The committee decided that 1 table could be made available.
10. Library Return Bins
The information with standards sent by John Moxon and Hamish Murray was provided to the Service Manager, Library Services and Council’s Certification Unit. Correspondence received from the Service Manager, Library Services, indicated that the signs will be changed and Access Committee feedback on suitability and location would be welcome. The height of the bins will not be changed, and correspondence from the Service Manager, Library Services stated she had received advice from City Assets that they comply with the Standard and there is no obstruction when approached from the side. The Committee maintain that the bins do not comply with the Enhanced and Additional Requirements (1428.2) of the Standards or the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act.
decided to meet with the Supervisor, Project Management in City Assets and
Nothing relevant to the Committee was noted.
12. General Business
12.1 Keyboards at Seniors Learning and Leisure Centre
The Federal Government funded 2 computers for the Senior Leisure and Learning Centre that have small, hard to read keyboards.
That the Senior Leisure and Leaning Centre investigate for purchase high visibility keyboards or other options for keyboard accessibility for service users with impaired eyesight.
12.2 NSW Police Disability Advisory Committee
Disability Advisory Committee is calling for Expressions of Interest.
12.3 Station Street Parramatta
raised the footpath on
12.4 Lake Parramatta Plan of Management
There will not be a large conference centre, as part of the plan, though the building will be upgraded.
12.5 Person Centred and Flexible day and post School Programs
Information was circulated and tabled.
20 December 2011 at 5:30pm
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2
The meeting concluded at 7.17 pm