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Early Access Wins

Access is being able to use, with equal ease and dignity, the same physical environment, transport, information, communications and services as everyone else.

1.In 1997 the City of Salisbury was the first SA council to employ an officer to create its own DDA Action Plan. The position was part time for two years but has been increased to a full time permanent position.

2.In 1999 council’s first DDA  (Disability Discrimination Act action plan);Council’s first Action Plan in response to the DDA was launched in 1999. 

Highlights Included:

Making Retail Businesses Accessible

2001

• Professional Access Audit and Community consultation identifies major access Barriers in Salisbury City Centre.

2003 - 2008

Removing Major Access Barriers - Nearly all businesses in John Street west in the City Centre had one or more steps at their entry. Re-paving part of John Street raised the footpath level to make them wheelchair accessible. 

• Street furniture was shifted in the eastern section of John Street during 2008 to make a wide and clear accessible path of travel especially for people using walking frames, mobility scooters or wheelchairs and for people with vision impairment or who are blind.

2004 - 2008

Removing other Access Barriers – Retail trading on the footpath also created access barriers. An Access Project Officer worked with traders to increase awareness about enabling people with disabilities to access their buildings. This was done by clearing footpaths in front of their businesses and making their shop interiors more accessible.


3.In 2008 Council endorsed a Footpath Trading Policy for all retail areas within the City of Salisbury. This allows retail activity on the footpath and requires a 1.8 metre wide space between the shopfront and the outdoor trading area in most places. Read more

4.Disability Discrimination Awareness (DDA) training for Local Government. In 2008-2009 over 300 City of Salisbury staff attended training about the DDA, and 60 of these completed extra training about interacting with people with disabilities as colleagues and customers.