Toward an Accessible and Inclusive Brisbane - video transcript

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Rachel - arts enthusiast: There’s lots of things that I love doing in Brisbane. I go to QPAC a lot because I go to the theatre a lot. And I go to the cinemas...

Michelle - busy mum: Festivals, open-air markets, as well as events at the library such as rhyme time, storytelling, and things like that.

Narelle - keen shopper: Shopping of course. I’m a girl. I love going to markets - especially the Wednesday markets they have here, right in the middle of the city.

George - para-cyclist: I’m a cyclist. I get out on my bike and I just find people will be cycling around the street.

Sarah - explorer: It’s a new place for me to explore. It’s so wonderful to get out and be able to get out year-round without snow. There’s so much to see and do here.

Michelle - swimmer: I like to swim. I’m very lucky because I have a swimming pool that’s reasonably close to home and also accessible easily by buses. My name is Michelle. I’ve unfortunately got a brain injury. I really struggle with my balance and walking. It’s got a ramp that goes into the water and it’s got a rail on the side. You don’t have to go down stairs or anything so you’re completely safe.

Michelle - busy mum: Most pools in Brisbane will have an area for very small children, and then they’ll have another area for toddlers or older children. So they’re really accessible, good with the pram, and easy to get in and out of. My name’s Michelle. I have two children both under five so we like to go to parks. It’s good having play equipment that is versatile for different ages - from babies through to toddlers, and equipment for school-age children as well.

Sarah - explorer: My name is Sarah. I live in Brisbane. I’m from Canada. We‘ve been here for two years. I have diabetic retinopathy which is the detachment of the retinas. Moving to Brisbane has meant a new place for me to explore. It’s very accessible with bright colours on the paths and a lot of audible pedestrian cues. It’s so easy to be able to get from place to place and that has really enriched my life since we’ve moved here.

Narelle - keen shopper: Living in Brisbane is great for me because it’s got an attitude of inclusion which is really great for people with disabilities. My name’s Narelle. I had polio when I was about three and that left me with substantial mobility issues. Many of the Brisbane City Council buses have a ramp at the door which the driver will deploy for you.The bus also lowers so you’re not climbing up a big incline. And there are foldaway seats near the front of the bus which give you a lot of room to park your wheelchair. I usually take the train or the CityCat and the nice thing about that is all the stops are audible.

Rachel - arts enthusiast: I love the CityCat. I love the way it’s so accessible - and the staff are all very helpful. I’m Rachael. I’ve got multiple sclerosis and I’ve been riding a motorised scooter for about 15 years now.

George - para-cyclist: My name is George. I was born with spina bifida and I use a wheel chair to get around in everyday. I’ve been cycling since 2004 now. I get out on my handcycle and I cycle.The bikeways are really good but they’re getting even better. They’re getting longer and so there’s more places to be able to get around by bike.

Rachel - arts enthusiast: The Council seems to be really committed to improving accessibility everywhere.

Michelle - explorer: When I come downtown, sometimes Queen Street is a zoo and it's really hectic, but once I have my cane on that Braille Trail and I tap it people do get out of the way. It takes away some of the chaos for me and that frees up the rest of my time to actually enjoy myself. I get to go out and I get to live and be a part of the city.

Narelle - keen shopper: You feel that you can go out. You know, I feel safe going out. I don’t feel as though I’m going to get stranded somewhere. The whole lot of it adds up to your being able to access the whole environment just like any other citizen.

Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk: As Lord Mayor, I want Brisbane to be an accessible and inclusive city. I want Brisbane residents regardless of physical ability, background or circumstance, to be able to use public facilities, participate in Council programs, and enjoy our city to the full. Brisbane City Council is working towards this goal through the rollout of its first-ever access and inclusion plan. The reality is that 6 per cent of our population has either a severe or profound disability and most of us will have some form of impairment at some point in our lives. Thank you to all the community members who took the time to share their personal stories with us. I look forward to continuing to make Brisbane a more accessible and inclusive city for us all.

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Last updated:3 May 2019