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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
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.
- Ensure that meetings of Council and committees, civic functions, events and receptions showcase good practice in access and inclusion.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.