Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives | Brisbane City Council

Council's history of access and inclusion initiatives

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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 efforts to improve accessibility of services, premises and operations go back at least 25 years, as shown by some of the highlights below.

1987 Collaboration with occupational therapists from Royal Brisbane and Greenslopes hospitals to make access modifications to buses.
1989 Construction of Australia's first Braille trail in the Queen Street Mall, a tactile pavement for the orientation of pedestrians with low vision.
1993 Commitment to purchase only low floor buses and accessible CityCats and to design accessible bus stops and ferry terminals.
1995 Internal Disability Reference Group established, advising on Council policy and practice.
1997 Suburban Centre Improvement Projects began incorporating disability access audits prior to design.
1999 Refurbishment of Queen Street Mall according to Disability Discrimination Act guidelines and with broad disability sector consultation.
2003 Council won the Prime Minister's Disability Award for the Reasonable Adjustment and Recruitment and Selection policies.
2005 Transport and Traffic audit of all bus stops for disability access.
2007 Memorandum of Understanding signed with WorkFocus Australia to promote and support Council's employment of people with a disability.
2009 Vision Australia commissioned to assess the accessibility of Council's website and documents. Accessibility changes implemented in the new Content Management System.
2010 Fully accessible swimming pool and change room at Colmslie Pool wins Inclusive Communities Award from the Spinal Injuries Association.

Access Improvement Program launched, directing revenue from fines for parking illegally in disability parking areas to initiatives improving access.

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03 November 2014