Item 10.2 - Attachment 1
Access Advisory Committee Meeting Minutes 17 April 2012
Mr John Moxon in the Chair, Leonie Clarke, Jim Grainda, Debbie Manuel, Hamish Murray, Peter Simpson, and Duy Quang Nguyen.
Tanya Owen –
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
Joe Dimech (Member) and Joy Brahman (Council Officer) tendered their 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 21 February 2012 had previously been forwarded to each member.
An error to be corrected was noted under Item 6, Election of Chair, regarding wording for the nomination of Hamish Murray for Deputy Chairperson. Hamish was nominated and accepted for the position of Deputy Chair not Chair.
That the Minutes of the meeting of the Access Advisory Committee held on 21 February 2012 be taken as read and confirmed as a true record of the meeting with the above correction made.
6. CIVIC PLACE REDEVELOPMENT NOTICE
Tanya Owen notified the Committee of Council’s announcement that the Civic Place Redevelopment plan to take place in a public-private partnership with Grocon has been terminated. Council will continue to seek redevelopment through alternative plans, though no timeline has been established.
Committee discussed the announcement, and the resulting implications for
current Council facilities that were intended to be replaced through the Grocon
partnership redevelopment plans. As planning for a
The Committee identified the City Library as a key facility where Access is a major issue and where facilities need to be upgraded, particularly lift access to upper floors. The current arrangements for people requiring access to upper floors are not in keeping with true Access, as there is no access to the middle floor and people are required to enter and exit through a separate building entrance and be assisted by Library Officers to do this. In addition, as raised by the Committee in previous meetings, the external after-hours book return chutes need to be redesigned to be fully accessible for wheel chair users, people with vision impairments, and people with intellectual disabilities, as the chutes recently put in place impose restrictions on these groups.
Given the changes
in timeline for construction of a
The Access Advisory Committee offers to be involved in the planning of any such upgrade / renovation to provide informed advice about Access prior to plans being finalised.
7 BUSINESS ARISING
7.1 Access and Equity Policy
The Committee had received copies of the Draft Access and Equity Policy from Jayne Boardman, Social Outcomes, prior to the Meeting. The Committee decided to review the Draft individually, and to share comments and discussion points with each other, and ask Jayne to meet with Committee Members on 8 May, to discuss the combined comments on the Draft.
Tanya Owen will ask Jayne Boardman to meet with the Members of the Committee on 8 May, 4:30 pm, to discuss the Draft Access and Equity Policy, or establish another suitable time for the meeting.
7.2 Station Upgrades
7.4 Council In-House Access Training
Council is seeking to have developed a series of short workshops that will assist relevant Council Units to understand Access in relation to the development and refurbishment of Council facilities, as well as the review of Development Applications. This would be particularly in relationship to the Disability Discrimination Act and understanding why certain standards have been established, and how a poor understanding can negatively impact on people with disabilities and lead to Civil Action. The training will seek to build a practical understanding of Access issues and best practice in response to these.
currently in discussions with the local Independent Living Centre regarding the
development and running of these workshops. It was noted that training
providers in this field, particularly those that may be located in
8 GENERAL BUSINESS
8.1 NDIS Rally
A rally in support of the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme will take place Monday, 30 April, 12 noon, at the AllPhones Arena, Sydney Olympic Park. Public transport is available to the area.
informed the Committee of information he had received from
As the proposed plan includes an area for community organisations, the Committee wishes to inform the Council unit involved in development plans for this proposal that the Committee encourages their involvement in the planning stages. The Committee thus extends an offer to provide Access advice during planning to achieve the best possible Access outcomes for the intended use of the site.
8.3 Mobility Map
A Mobility Map developed by Liverpool City Council was provided to the Committee for consideration from the Office of the Lord Mayor. A similar, current map does not appear to have been published by Parramatta Council.
The Committee was asked to consider the need and potential demand for a similar map for the Parramatta CBD.
The Committee believes that a mobility map with a focus on Access would be a useful resource for people with disabilities. The map could include information such as accessible toilets (level of key access and times they may be closed), parking spaces, accessible transport hubs, locations of lifts to major transport points (e.g. rail), wheelchair power recharging points, medical centres and other relevant services, and appropriate constructed ramps. The Committee suggested that this could be developed as part of the implementation plan for the new Access and Equity Policy to be adopted.
Tanya Owen will share this message with Social Outcomes, and will explore options with Social Outcomes for progressing the creation of a mobility map as part of the implementation plan for the new Access and Equity Policy that Social Outcomes has been developing.
8.4 IDPwD 2012
The International Day of People with Disability event will take place on Monday, 3 December this year.
19 June 2012 at 5:30pm
Meeting Rooms 1 & 2