Meeting summaries

26 October 2015

Special joint meeting with the Transport for NSW
Accessible Transport Advisory Committee

The City’s panel joined with the Transport for NSW Accessible Transport Advisory Committee for a special briefing about light rail on George Street.

Attendees were briefed by staff from the City of Sydney, Transport for NSW and representatives from the consortium delivering light rail about how the integrated public domain and light rail design will address access and safety issues for all pedestrians, including people with disability.

A particular focus of the session was wayfinding and navigational cues for people who are blind and vision impaired.

The feedback included reinforcing the importance of safety and consistency for people who are vision impaired or hearing impaired, the importance of seating and lighting for older people, and accessible light rail stops that provide easy exits for people with mobility impairments.

14 October 2015

The panel provided advice about accessible outdoor seating for Gunyama Park and the importance of choosing a hoist system for the pool to ensure the dignity of the user.

The panel provided feedback on the City's draft outdoor dining policy and advice on how to engage with the disability sector to get further feedback.

The panel was consulted about the City's draft adapting for climate change strategy and provided advice about the unique vulnerabilities of people with disability in extreme heat conditions.

The panel made suggestions for emergency preparedness programs and communication protocols during emergency responses.

Dr Kim Kullman from the University of London introduced the panel to emerging concepts in universal design. The panel discussed with Dr Kullman the difference between standards for access and universal design, and the challenges associated with regulating for universal design outcomes.

12 August 2015

The panel was consulted about the interior layout and fit out of the Green Square Library and provided advice about accessible furniture options, wayfinding within the library that will meet the needs of people with visual impairment, and accessible computer hardware and software that could be provided by the library.

The panel provided advice to City staff about access improvements within Hyde Park, and in particular within the Hyde Park Café and Museum Station.

The panel was consulted about the development of the social sustainability discussion paper and gave advice about social issues of concern for people with disability, and how to best consult with residents with disability and specific peak groups and organisations in the disability sector.

10 June 2015

The panel was consulted about the design of the Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park.

It provided advice about the location of access ramps to the Olympic and beach pools, and seating design options in Gunyama Park.

The panel provided advice to City of Sydney staff about priority improvement for access on roads and footpaths in the City’s local area.

The advice highlighted the barriers that some people with disability and older people can face as pedestrians.

The panel was consulted about the development of an online city centre access map.

They were pleased with the flexible approach being explored and provided advice about some additional access features that should be included in the map.

8 April 2015

The design of the Green Square Aquatic Centre and Gunyama Park was presented to the panel, which provided advice about location of accessible change rooms and design of the entrance to the facility. The panel was happy to be consulted during the early phases of the facility's design.

The panel provided advice on the draft Development Control Plan – Advertising and Signage, and highlighted the potential adverse effects of light from digital signs to people with vision impairment.

City staff sought advice from the panel on a proposed project to better understand how retail and hospitality venues provide access for people with disability and identify opportunities for improvement. The panel provided advice on best practice access considerations in retail and hospitality and services that represent best practice.

The City updated the panel on the progress of the implementation of the Inclusion Disability Action Plan. Highlights include the development of the digital accessibility policy and training staff, the launch of the Gig Buddies program, and progress on the development of a city centre access map.

11 February 2015

The panel was briefed and provided accessibility advice on the 50m pool planned as part of the Green Square Aquatic Centre.

The City briefed the panel on proposed upgrades for Hyde Park. The panel provided general feedback about accessibility at Hyde Park and agreed to provide more detailed feedback when designs had progressed.

The City briefed the panel on the operation and maintenance of the parking stations owned by the City. The panel gave advice about access issues and agreed to provide further recommendations.

The City briefed the panel on the draft George St 2020: A Public Domain Activation Strategy. The panel provided advice about elements of the activation strategy, including moveable furniture and events that would require careful consideration to ensure equitable access for people with disability.

11 December 2014

The panel was briefed and given advice on the Sydney Town Hall emergency evacuation procedures.

Transport for NSW and Access Solutions briefed the panel on the Opal card ticketing system. The panel suggested improvements to engage and encourage people with disability to use Opal.

The City briefed the panel on the Gunyama Park and Green Square Aquatic Centre development. The panel agreed to be consulted throughout the design and construction process and made suggestions to further improve access for people with disability.

The City provided an update on new outdoor dining policy. The panel provided additional feedback on the use of tactile ground surface indicators on footpaths. The draft outdoor dining policy is expected to be on public exhibition in 2015, when the panel will have the opportunity to provide further feedback.

The panel was given an update on the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017 including projects on accessible public domain upgrades, the public domain access policy, on-street parking spaces for mobility access, retail, dining and leisure services, City of Sydney web services and participation of people with disability in arts programs.

1 October 2014

The Green Square library and plaza design was presented to the panel, which said it was pleased with the City’s access considerations. The panel provided advice to further improve accessibility in the Green Square town centre.

The panel was briefed on the City’s draft Hoardings and Scaffoldings Policy and Guidelines and provided advice to maintain accessibility and minimise impacts to pedestrians on footways during construction works. 

The City updated the panel on the progress towards web accessibility including the development of the draft Digital Accessibility Policy and Guidelines.

The panel provided additional suggestions to further improve the policy, and congratulated the City on its progress and commitment to online accessibility.

6 August 2014

The panel was updated on the Legible Sydney Wayfinding Strategy and the CDB access map. The panel advised on the information to be included in the hard copy version of the access map.

Jeenee Mobile briefed the Panel on their not-for-profit telecommunication service for people with disability, including information on free 24-hour access to a help centre for users.

Infrastructure NSW, Hassell Architects and AEG Odgen updated the panel on access initiatives for the Sydney international convention, exhibition and entertainment precinct. The panel provided advice and guidance to improve access and inclusion for everyone in a number of areas.

The City provided a progress update on the consultation for the new outdoor dining policy. The panel provided additional feedback. Consultation will continue with key stakeholders in 2014. The panel will be updated via email.

11 June 2014

Wilson Parking and the City briefed the panel on access features in their respective parking stations across the city centre. The panel suggested a number of initiatives to improve and promote accessibility.

The panel will continue to work with Wilson Parking and the City to improve and promote accessible parking in parking stations.

The panel also provided guidance to help the City promote universal design in new developments. The City will continue to consult the panel as it develops universal design guidelines and initiatives for future developments.

The City is preparing to review and develop a new outdoor dining policy. The panel was briefed on the history of outdoor dining in the City and the competing interests of stakeholders. Consultation will continue with the panel out of session.  

9 April 2014

The panel advised the City on inclusive playground equipment at Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, recommending an accessible spinner to encourage inclusive play for all children.

The panel also provided guidance on the 2014 residents survey, including help with formulating survey questions and strategies for engaging people with disability, including the use of alternative formats.

The City along with Vision Australia, provided the panel with an update on the progress of the City’s web accessibility project that seeks to improve digital content and print document accessibility. The panel provided feedback on key considerations for the project including the importance of user testing and adaptability to allow for new technologies.

In 2013, ACD NSW received a community services grant from the City to develop a smartphone app that provides accessible venue and facility information in the local area. ACD NSW demonstrated the app and sought the panel’s advice on the app's information and design. The panel provided positive feedback and will continue to assist ACD NSW.

The public exhibition period for the draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017 closed on 31 March 2014. The panel was advised that the majority of the feedback received was positive, with some suggestions for improvements and additions. The panel will consider the feedback in more detail in the process of finalising the plan.

12 February 2014

The panel was briefed on the City’s Connecting Our City Strategy and provided advice on accessibility for key city centre transport projects such as light rail, pedestrian movements, bus networks, taxis and parking.

The City will continue to work with the panel as the development project approaches the design phase.

The panel provided advice about obtaining accessible event information from organisers for What’s On! event listings. The panel will continue to work with the City to redevelop the What’s On! website.

The City’s community engagement plan for the draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017 was presented. The panel suggested added consultation strategies including peak organisation involvement and radio promotion. The draft plan was on exhibition until 31 March 2014.

10 December 2013

The panel was advised at Council’s meeting in December it approved:

  • The draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–17 will be publicly exhibited from February 2014. The draft plan will be produced in a range of accessible formats including accessible e-text, easy English, electronic PDF and hard copy.
  • The Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel is to be reappointed for an additional 2 years until 2017 with the terms of reference amended to allow for 2-year terms to a maximum of 4 years.

The panel provided guidance and feedback on:

  • The City’s Equity and Diversity Strategy including recruitment strategies to attract people with a disability and initiatives to support current employees with a disability.
  • The redevelopment design of the Darling Harbour precinct.
  • Accessibility initiatives for Biennale of Sydney 2014.

16 October 2013

The panel provided an update on consultations held out-of-session including:

  • urban design consultation
  • economic development strategy consultation
  • meeting with the Retail Advisory Panel.

Panel members also developed advice in the form of 8 easy and practical strategies for retailers and people working in hospitality to improve accessibility.

These strategies will be provided to the Retail Advisory Panel to distribute in the lead up to the Christmas shopping period.

The panel provided guidance on plans to update the city centre accessibility map including boundaries and what should and should not be included on the map.

The panel also provided guidance on accessibility initiatives for the 2014 Sydney Festival.

14 August 2013

The panel was updated about the public toilet strategy, the legible Sydney wayfinding strategy and access improvements to streets in the city centre.

Aspects of the City's Draft Development Control Plan (Amendment No. 2) were discussed including accessible parking, access reporting in development applications, emergency evacuation and street activation. The panel’s comments will be used to inform future reviews of the plan.

The panel provided advice on a new policy that guides accessibility in areas not covered by the Australian Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010, such as parks, walkways and footpaths. The panel's feedback focussed on design, maintenance, management and information provision.

The launch of the City's draft economic development strategy was discussed and the panel will be briefed on the economic development strategy in a separate meeting next month.

25 June 2013

Further consideration was given to the draft Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan. The panel advised the City about prioritising actions that would improve accessibility at City of Sydney events and improve retail access.

The panel was briefed on the proposed introduction of light rail in George Street and provided advice to the City about fully accessible design. The advice included wayfinding in open pedestrian spaces for people with vision impairment and the accessibility of side streets that intersect with George Street should be considered.

The progress of the design work around the light rail in George Street will be monitored by the panel to identify further input opportunities around accessible design.

The panel was also briefed on the City’s draft public toilet strategy, which recommends improvements to the availability, accessibility and maintenance of public toilet facilities.

A discussion was held about the access and inclusion aspects of the City’s current planning controls, which the panel will continue discussing with City planning staff at future meetings.

9 April 2013

The meeting focused on the City’s new Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan.

The panel discussed the structure of the plan, showing support for a long-term vision and set of outcomes balanced with supporting actions with a short-to-medium term focus.

Panel members also suggested priority actions for the inclusion plan over the next 2 years and will provide further feedback when the plan is drafted for Council and placed on public exhibition later this year.

The creative city cultural policy was also reviewed. The panel discussed the issues of access and participation for people with a disability in attending, and actively producing or participating in, cultural activities. Panel members will add further input through the consultation process, which closes on 31 May.

13 February 2013

Lord Mayor Clover Moore welcomed the new panel members at their first meeting and recognised the importance of the panel's advice to help shape a welcoming and inclusive City of Sydney.

The panel went straight to work discussing the development of a new Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan for the City, which will be the driver for access and inclusion improvements across the local area in coming years.

The panel advised the new action plan should link with the City's overarching strategic directions, have clear governance and reporting, and be focused on outcomes.

The plan should include physical, economic and social outcomes that are person focused, for example:

  • people with a disability have a say
  • people with a disability have access to information
  • people can get out and about in the City.

The panel was updated on 2 projects – the legible Sydney wayfinding strategy and infrastructure upgrades to improve bus stop accessibility across the local area and kerb ramps in the city centre.

The role of local government to facilitate community readiness for the National Disability Insurance Scheme was also discussed by the panel.

Last updated: Tuesday, 3 November 2015