22 August 2018

The panel provided feedback on the draft community safety action plan 2018–2028. The panel suggested good lighting and accessible footpaths should be considered as part of new public domain works as well as upgrades and maintenance work in more established areas across the City of Sydney local area.

The panel provided comment on the City’s streetscape maintenance and renewal programs. This included better coordination when new major projects are complete to ensure surrounding land uses and areas are accessible and compliant.

The panel also provided advice on the draft inclusive and accessible public domain policy and guidelines. The panel noted the importance of acknowledging the economic benefit of disability-inclusive events. For example, 20% of the population has a disability and attend events with family, friends and other support. The panel suggested major festival organisers should be asked to provide feedback on the policy and guidelines as part of the public exhibition.

27 June 2018

Representatives from the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Invictus Games provided an overview of the event. The Invictus Games will be held in Sydney in October 2018. Information on the event, including access considerations for businesses, will be shared with the City’s Retail Advisory Panel and Nightlife and Creative Sector Advisory Panel to distribute to their networks.

The City provided an update on the progress and key achievements of the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021 from the past year. Key highlights included:

  • The development of guidelines to assist council staff and external event organisers to deliver inclusive and accessible events. 
  • Inclusive programming provided across the City’s library network, such as weekly storytime and Late Night Library in Auslan and English.
  • Inclusive programming provided by Belgravia within the City’s aquatic and fitness centres, such as the Take Charge mental health swimming program.
  • The addition of the Excellence in Workplace Inclusion Award at the 2018 NSW Business Chamber Awards.

The panel provided comment on the style and format of the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021 annual report to be submitted to the Minister for Disability Services. Panel members suggested that the report include case studies and images to demonstrate key achievements and highlight outcomes of the actions.

18 April 2018

The panel provided comment on the review of late-night trading in Sydney. It discussed the importance of everyone, including people with disability, having equitable access to emergency services, particularly late at night and suggested the City consider including emergency help buttons within key public infrastructure. The panel also supported continued work by police to raise awareness and educate community and venue operators on the importance of safety, inclusion and access to venues.

The panel also provided feedback on A City for All – draft social sustainability policy and action plan 2018–2028. The panel welcomed the policy and action plan and congratulated the City for focusing on future opportunities around inclusion and equity across the city. The panel welcomed the alignment with key actions in the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021 and supported the use of targets against key performance measures to track progress and monitor outcomes.

21 February 2018

The City welcomed 5 new panel members: Max Burt, Nidhi Shekaran, Riana Head-Toussaint, Sabrina Houssami-Richardson and Tara Elliffe. These 5 members join 5 continuing members on the panel. The new panel members participated in an induction and orientation of the City, including an overview of Sustainable Sydney 2030 and the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan 2017–2021.

Panel members provided advice on the City’s draft cycling strategy. The panel was supportive of the disability-inclusive cycling programs currently provided by the City. The panel suggested the City continue to educate the community and raise awareness around cycling safety, particularly for shared path zones and wheelchair users on cycle paths.

The panel continued to provide feedback on the future City of Sydney street furniture update.


Last updated: Friday, 7 September 2018