5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy | Brisbane City Council

5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy

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Table of contents

1. Pedestrian mobility and transport

1.1 Walking, wheeling and driving safely around Brisbane

1.2 Catching public transport

2. Planning, development and infrastructure

2.1 Being actively engaged in planning an accessible city

2.2 Enjoying a well-designed built environment

2.3 Appreciating the benefits of civic infrastructure

3. Public buildings, venues and outdoor spaces

3.1 Public buildings that make you feel welcome

3.2 People friendly public spaces

3.3 Local meeting places where you can connect with your community

3.4 Parks and natural areas where you enjoy the great outdoors

4.Vibrant, informed and caring communities

4.1 Experiencing the support of inclusive, safe and diverse communities

4.2 Enjoying Brisbane's vibrant arts and culture scene

4.3 Staying active and healthy

4.4 Using libraries for lifelong learning

4.5 Adopting a more sustainable lifestyle

5. Your Council, working with you

5.1 Being an active citizen in an inclusive democracy

5.2 Having a say on the work we do that matters to you

5.3 Communicating and doing business with us

5.4 Understanding how local laws, rules and procedures relate to you

5.5 Keeping Brisbane clean, recycling waste and breathing clean air

5.6 Working in a disability confident organisation

5.7 Knowing your rates are paying for accessible services

Council's elected members comprise the Lord Mayor and 26 Councillors. Council elects seven Councillors to chair Standing Committees that oversee Council's work. Meetings of full Council and most committee meetings are open to the public.

Where we are

Council is committed to making local councillors, Council meetings, civic events and elections accessible and inclusive:

  • we work with the Electoral Commission of Queensland to deliver transparent, fair and accessible local government elections
  • Council's meetng chamber is accessible to members of the public and the venue provides for wheelchair access, accessible toilets, Braille signage and headsets
  • Council meeting minutes are made available on the corporate website and are tagged for accessibility. Libraries hold audio recordings of Council meetings
  • members of the public can apply to speak at Council meetings on matters of public interest. If approved, speakers have a maximum of five minutes, without interruption, and the Lord Mayor or a Committee Chairman may respond on Council's behalf
  • civic functions, ceremonial events and receptions (such as Keys to the City presentations, Official Dignitaries Visits Program, citizenship ceremonies and other major community events) are conducted in accessible venues

Where we want to be

We want all residents to be active citizens of the city and to experience effective, accountable and democratic local governance.

Our objectives

  1. Ensure that meetings of Council and committees, civic functions, events and receptions showcase good practice in access and inclusion.
  2. Equip councillors to provide a high level of responsiveness to the access and inclusion needs of their constituents.

Existing actions that will continue

Accessible Council meetings

We will continue to conduct meetings of Council and committees in venues with wheelchair access, accessible toilets, Braille signage and headsets.

New initiatives or extensions

  1. Encouraging people with access concerns to speak at Council meetings. In the life of this plan we will encourage people with access concerns to speak at Council meetings on matters of public interest.
  2. Access and inclusion information kit for councillors and ward offices. We will develop an information kit and conduct information sessions for Councillors and ward office staff to support them in their provision of customer service to their constituents.

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03 November 2014