9 November 2016
The panel gave advice about the ongoing development of a policy on access in the public domain. They suggested the policy should seek to reflect and contribute to the vision of inclusion set out in the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014, noting that the policy will be much sought after by many sectors.
The panel gave advice on the draft framework for the City's use of digital technologies, suggesting it includes reference to the enabling properties of technology and the importance of digital inclusion for people with disability. The panel highlighted the importance of ensuring that older adults and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who may not be online are not excluded from access to information and opportunities. The panel also suggested the digital strategy should support social inclusion, including people who may be experiencing social and economic disadvantage.
The panel provided advice on the next disability action plan, suggesting the plan should include actions that facilitate inclusive participation, rather than actions that seek only to remove barriers. Suggestions included actions that support meaningful contribution, not just employment, for people throughout their lifespan.
14 September 2016
Panel members gave advice about the ongoing development of a policy about access in the public domain. They advised the policy should seek to achieve more than compliance with the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 by reflecting and contributing to the vision of inclusion embodied in the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014.
In order to better identify specific barriers faced by people with disability accessing information during an emergency, the panel suggested the City could consult with peak disability groups.
The panel provided information about additional communication resources and research centres that specialise in emergency and disability.
The panel also provided advice to Transport for NSW on a range of design considerations to ensure good access outcomes for people with disability using light rail and associated infrastructure.
13 July 2016
Panel members gave advice about the ongoing development of an inclusive sports and recreation directory that will be hosted on the City's What's On website. Their advice included using appropriate terminology for tags to categorise activities on the planned website directory and details of inclusive sports organisations that could be invited to list their activities.
City staff also sought advice from the panel about developing guidelines for inclusive City of Sydney events. The panel recommend that the guidelines include not only event planning and venue access, but consider how people with disability will get to the event, such as transport options and nearby accessible parking.
The panel highlighted the importance of good information about access at the event to help people plan, and the importance of ensuring all aspects of events – including performances and songs – are inclusive experiences.
The panel received an update on the development of the draft public domain access policy, another project under the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017. Panel members noted the scope seemed comprehensive and encouraged the City to consider how we can influence other state agencies and landowners to contribute towards improving access in the city.
11 May 2016
Panel members were consulted on the City's draft social sustainability policy. Panel members supported the principles and vision outlined in the policy and provided advice about specific actions that could be undertaken to deliver on this policy.
Staff from Accessible Arts sought advice from the panel about the Access and Inclusion Print Digital campaign, for which the City has contributed funding with a knowledge exchange grant.
The panel welcomed the initiative and recommended any logo used in the campaign should be recognisable to all visitors.
City staff updated the panel on feedback received from stakeholders about the City's draft outdoor dining policy, guidelines and action plan, which were on public exhibition during 2015. City staff outlined how feedback has been considered and the process for taking the draft policy to Council for consideration.
30 March 2016
The first panel meeting for 2016 included 5 new panel members – Phillippa Carnemolla, Morwenna Collett, Judy Harwood, Julie Millard and Mark Tonga, who were appointed in February 2016.
The new panel members were given an induction and orientation to the City of Sydney including an overview of Sustainable Sydney 2030 and the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2014–2017.
The panel identified its priorities for 2016. These include linking with the City’s Retail Advisory Panel to discuss opportunities for business and people with disability, and making events in the city more accessible.
The panel also looks forward to further consultation on Hyde Park, light rail in the city centre and the City's draft social sustainability discussion paper.
15 March 2016
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.
Transport for NSW staff and representatives from the consortium constructing light rail briefed the meeting about the testing outcomes of 5 design prototypes for a hazard warning edge along the light rail corridor in George Street.
The panel gave advice about the design and placement of help buttons, which will provide information on wait times and destinations of next services for visually impaired passengers. The panel also advised bollard placement on footpaths should be carefully considered to ensure the safety of vision impaired people.
Last updated: Thursday, 17 November 2016