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What is Accessible in Salisbury

The 1992 Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) protects the rights of people with disabilities.  All governments in Australia - Commonwealth, State, Territory and local government have responsibilities under the DDA. All these governments have agreed to implement the National Disability Strategy 2010 - 2020.

How the City of Salisbury is addressing accessibility and inclusion

Inclusion Project Officer

The City of Salisbury is one of three South Australian local governments which fund an Access and inclusion or Disability Officer position. There are a number of similar positions interstate especially in Victoria where the State Government funds 60 Access and inclusion Officer positions in Metro and Rural Councils.

This role supports Council in establishing social inclusion as a fundamental consideration in all planning.

This will be achieved by:

  • Complying with Commonwealth and State disability inclusion legislation and in some instances exceeding the minimum requirements of these laws
  • Aligning the City’s Strategic Plan with the Council of Australian Government’s National Disability Strategy 
  • Consulting effectively with citizens living with disability, their families and carers
  • Providing a physical and communication environment which is sustainable and accessible for all
  • Providing civic leadership to increase full and effective participation by citizens with disability within a community which values the diversity, strengths and abilities of its members.
  • Advocating to other levels of Government for policies and programs which complement the City of Salisbury’s inclusion and access initiatives, and
  • developing Strategically Council programs to increase the capabilities and social inclusion of participants with disability

Listening to Community Members

Each year Council hosts an Inclusion forum.  Citizens and organisations review Council’s access and inclusion effort and suggest priorities for the future. 

 

Supporting community members’ learning and connections

Council also supports a network of community members, government and non-government organisation staff which meets four times a year. 

Network participants can;

  • contribute to inclusion and access in Council projects and programs
  • work together on other access and inclusion matters.

 

Disability Discrimination Act action plans

Council’s first Action Plan in response to the DDA was launched in 1999.

Highlights included:

Disability discrimination awareness training for local government

The “Enabling Access” training package, aimed at staff, volunteers and elected members in local government was launched in 2003.  In 2008-2009, more than 300 City of Salisbury staff attended module one of the training related to the DDA and 60 completed a second module on interacting with people with disabilities as colleagues and customers.

Access to retail businesses

Step entries into businesses in John Street Salisbury were identified by a 2001 professional access audit as a major access barrier for many people.  In 2003 the re-paving of John Street between Gawler St and Church St removed step entries into most businesses by raising the footpath level. From 2004 to 2006 an Access Project Officer worked with traders and the Salisbury Town Centre Association to increase awareness about the market opportunities available to those businesses who provide access for all.

Street furniture was shifted in the eastern section of John St 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.

Since July 2008 Council's Footpath Trading Policy has been in force requiring most traders to keep an 1800mm wide clear path along their shopfront without any trade displays, A frames, tables /chairs or customers blocking the path (applies to footpaths owned by Council).

Footpath and road crossing access

Footpath and pram ramp access were the most important issues raised in the community consultation that fed into the plan. Since 2004/05 Council has significantly increased the amount of footpath maintenance work and pram ramp installation especially to assist wheelchair and scooter users.

Ramp up to path

 A demonstration 1800mm wide footpath has been developed over several years in one suburb which has a high concentration of accessible housing and age care independent living units.  This wider path connects accessible residences with accessible shops, entertainment venues and bus stops.

 wide footpath

Access improvements to some Council buildings

18 Council buildings used by the public, and where Council staff are based, have had initial access improvements.  The level of initial access, and priority order of the buildings, were recommended by the Salisbury Access Advisory Team, an informal group of residents with disability chaired by the Mayor (1998 – 2004). This was replaced from 2005 by the Salisbury Inclusion and Access Sub-Committee.

Mostly these improvements provide wheelchair accessible:

  • Parking space
  • Main doorway 

Entrance to Morella Community Centre

  • Toilets

accessible toilet

  • emergency exits
  • main function area (meeting room, sports courts) for example, in 2008/09 a major project was completed at the Salisbury recreation Precinct including a ramp entry for the 25 metre pool and the purchase of aquatic wheelchairs.

pool ramp

  • unisex accessible change facility and the female and male change areas being made wheelchair accessible.

Accessible change room

Other facility upgrades

Counter hearing Systems for people with hearing impairment have been installed in 19 buildings and staff trained in the use of these systems and a number of wheelchair accessible customer service counters have been provided in the municipal offices.

Accessible counters

Development of Building Renewal Program with Access improvements for all Council buildings

Since 2008/09 Council has funded a Building Renewal Program. $1,450,000 was allocated for this Program in 2012/13. This program aims to re-establish the original level of amenity and function of Council owned buildings while providing disability access. 

Extension of existing buildings is not covered by the Building Renewal program, as these are subject to individual funding by Council: but any expansion has to comply with the Disability discrimination Act.

Playgrounds

Some junior playgrounds have been upgraded to include wheelchair access for children and parents to the swing or rocker section of the play space. 

Accessible playground

Equal access swings are provided in some play areas.

accessible swing

A regional play facility in Pooraka Unity Park is designed to provide access and challenge for young people of a variety of abilities.

Accesible Playground

 

Computer access in Library branches

Each branch has the following:

Big Keys – larger key pad for using the computers

 Keyboard with big keys

Track Ball Mouse for easier control than the conventional computer mouse

trackball mouse

The Len Beadell and Ingle Farm Library Branches also have Zoom Text print magnification and screen reader enabled computers.

Computer monitor with zoom

Access to public transport buses

Since 23 October 2002, the Commonwealth Government has made access to public transport legally required, with a 20-year time frame for full access to all public transport bus services and stops.

Salisbury Council exceeded the requirement to make 25% of bus stops accessible by 31 December 2007 see the Attorney General's Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport.

Accessible bus stop

For more information

Contact Michael Taggart, Inclusion Project Officer on 8406 8390.