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Table of contents
- Lord Mayor's introduction
- Executive summary
- Our shared vision for Brisbane
- A profile of people who benefit from better access and inclusion in Brisbane
- Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives
- Reflection on Council's changing approach to access and inclusion
- How this plan was developed
- Implementation, monitoring and reporting
- An innovative local government role
Brisbane is at the centre of the fastest growing urban region in Australia. The major challenge facing the city is to respond to the Queensland Government's South East Queensland Regional Plan 2009-2031 and to accommodate sustainable population and employment growth while enhancing lifestyle opportunities and environmental outcomes for the city.
Council manages our city's growth and development by engaging the community in planning for the future. Our goal is to ensure Brisbane is Australia's most liveable city, has a distinct subtropical character and is well designed and efficiently serviced. Our planning, development assessment and infrastructure programs provide opportunities for all Brisbane residents to:
- Participate in planning an accessible and growing city.
- Enjoy a well designed built environment.
- Appreciate the benefits of civic infrastructure.
What you have told us
When we asked for feedback on the draft plan, we learned about three key community concerns in relation to Council's role in planning a well-designed built environment. A response to each concern has been identified in the relevant section of the plan.
Inclusive Brisbane Board
Council's Inclusive Brisbane Board would benefit from the inclusion of a member with a disability perspective who can inform deliberations about how to make Brisbane more inclusive and could keep the disability sector better informed about planning in Brisbane.
- 68% of survey respondents feel they have opportunities to be involved in planning in Brisbane, while 21% do not, and 11% don't know or have never tried. “People with disabilities themselves should be involved in planning decisions. At the moment able bodied people make these decisions. There should be a task force of people with disabilities involved in each new venture.”
Lack of accessible housing
Many people in Brisbane's disability community identify the lack of accessible housing as an important issue for making the city accessible and inclusive. Their experience is that limited stock of accessible housing in Brisbane means people with a disability have limited housing choices. People who acquire disability through illness or injury often cannot go home or face substantial retrofitting cost at a time they can least afford it. Many people miss out on the basic social experiences like visiting family, attending kids' parties or talking with friends on the back deck. Brisbane's ageing population also needs a much greater stock of accessible housing so that seniors can stay longer in their own homes and age in place.
- In the Your City Your Say survey, 29% of respondents with a disability and 37% of carers said they had tried to buy or rent accessible private accommodation. “The most important building in anyone's life is their home. We have endless laws on equal access to public buildings and space but nothing on access to dwellings. Why? Where are we to live? Public space? Council must do its utmost to regulate universally designed dwellings – regulate, not encourage or promote.”
Shops with a step-up entrance
There are hundreds of shops across Brisbane that have a step-up entrance from the footpath preventing access for many people (e.g. on the Queen Street Mall and in older suburban shopping strips).