National disability recognition for Brisbane City Council
Brisbane City Council has been presented with the Disability Access Award to for their work in implementing the Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan.
The 2017 National Awards for Local Government were held at Parliament House in Canberra on 20 June where Brisbane City Council’s honour highlighted innovative and resourceful solutions that make a difference for people with disability.
Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services Jane Prentice said,“The Brisbane Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017 makes access easier around Brisbane, so everyone can use public facilities and benefit from local government services,” Mrs Prentice said.
“Highlights of the Plan include an accessible bus and ferry fleet, platform upgrades, together with enhanced open spaces and accessible shopfronts and the ‘braille trail’ in Brisbane’s city centre.
“This is a great example of how effective planning and community engagement can achieve outcomes and I encourage all local governments to develop meaningful plans to help improve the lives of people with disability in their communities,” said Mrs Prentice.
“The Plan focused on five priority areas: pedestrian mobility and transport; planning, development and infrastructure; public buildings, venues and outdoor spaces; caring communities; and customer service and governance.”
“I would also like to acknowledge Tweed Shire Council which has been highly commended for their commitment to accessibility through the Inclusion Means Toilets project.
“Efforts such as these improve life for Australians with disability, maximising their potential, and helping them to participate as equal citizens in society.”
Additionally, Victoria’s Wyndham City Council was presented the award in the Innovation to Create More Liveable Australian Cities category for its innovative approach in developing and delivering the WynLens—Visualization, Analysis and Modelling of a Holographic City project.
“The WynLens project enhances community engagement and improves planning outcomes by allowing residents to visualise local surroundings using interactive 3D and immersive landscapes.
To see the winners of all ten categories at www.infrastructure.gov.au/nalg.
24 June 2017.