A City for Everyone: Inclusive Brisbane Plan 2019-2029 - 04 Enjoy - Future actions

Everyone can participate in festivals, events, arts, sports and recreational activities.

Council will focus on two strategies and deliver actions by leveraging the roles of partner, provider, facilitator, regulator, funder and advocate.

Make events and activities more accessible and welcoming for everyone

  • Provide enhanced accessibility at Council events through initiatives such as:
    • portable hearing loops
    • designated areas for people with mobility and sensory needs
    • greater promotion of Auslan-interpreted events
    • more accessible parking
    • increased seating for people of all ages and abilities
    • bathroom facilities for parents, carers and people of all genders.
  • Provide greater experiences for residents who are unable to attend free citywide signature events by potentially streaming concerts and events to aged care and support organisations.
  • Provide bookable park spaces for dance, art and cultural groups to promote cultural recreation opportunities that are free for everyone.
  • Partner with community groups to deliver new festivals that celebrate the abilities of all residents.
  • Partner with community organisations to update Council’s event accessibility guidelines so that festival and event organisers better consider the needs of visitors of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Facilitate opportunities for major event organisers and other levels of government to improve access to and from major events.
  • Partner with communities to deliver accessible and inclusive suburban markets that bring people together, particularly in suburban spaces with accessible parks and playgrounds.
  • Provide promotion of the Queensland Companion Card to commercial businesses and events.
  • Partner with community groups to open up grounds and parks for organisations that facilitate social sport opportunities.
  • Partner with community organisations to pilot sensory programs for people with specific needs such as autism or blindness.
  • Provide inclusive active and healthy programs run by people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities through:
    • activities in new facilities across suburbs that are most appropriate to diverse audiences
    • training for activity providers on how to work with people with diverse needs
    • day and night-time activities
    • additional targeted promotion to ensure everyone knows about activities in their local areas
    • support for activity providers to introduce group participants before sessions and refer them to activities where they can continue to meet afterwards
    • ‘learn to’ classes specific to group needs
    • inclusive nature-based activities for people of all abilities
    • multiple ways to book into active and healthy programs to meet individual needs.
  • Partner with peak sporting bodies to explore awards that celebrate and grow inclusive sports clubs.
  • Partner with community sport and recreation providers to:
    • promote and deliver active and healthy programs
    • understand membership and revenue benefits of increasing diversity
    • facilitate local come-and-try days to increase participation and social connections.
  • Partner with pools and golf courses to:
    • provide opportunities for more inclusive parking at venues, such as signage for parking spaces for people with diverse needs
    • provide opportunities to promote facilities for specific groups, on request
    • provide training for lessees and staff to be more confident in supporting diverse customers
    • provide options for facilities to offer adaptive equipment that increases participation regardless of ability.
  • Partner with communities to explore inclusive services at Council cemeteries that meet diverse cultural needs.
  • Fund libraries to:
    • provide programs between older people and children
    • partner with community organisations to deliver library programs in community settings
    • provide well-equipped facilities to support community organisations meet ups
    • offer exhibitions at libraries that showcase diversity and inclusion, adaptive technologies and other programs that lead to greater social cohesion
    • enhance accessibility information in a variety of formats such as lift information, toilet locations and transport information.
  • Provide all recipients of Council’s accessibility grants with a Guide to Inclusion so their physically enhanced facilities are supported by inclusive services and management practices.

Position Brisbane as an inclusive tourism destination

  • Provide access for people of all abilities to the water at key destinations.
  • Provide audio, Auslan, sensory-sensitive and multi-language tours of key tourist attractions such as the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium and Brisbane City Hall.
  • Partner with Brisbane Marketing to provide information on Brisbane’s accessible tourism, transport and accommodation through a Visit Brisbane web page and marketing to residents and visitors.
  • Partner with volunteer visitor guides to provide inclusive city tours (e.g. in Auslan, for low vision, neuro-diverse, dementia-friendly) and information to visitors about Brisbane’s accessible facilities and services.
  • Facilitate the development of new inclusive tourism attractions for people of all ages and abilities.
  • Facilitate local opportunities for existing commercial providers to deliver accessible activities.
Last updated:27 March 2020