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Meeting Summary

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel is a key component in the effective delivery of actions associated with Council’s Access and Inclusion Strategy. Explore the meeting summary to see what's been discussed.


26 May 2016

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel met, with this meeting being the first one for the newly appointed individual Panel members. An update on Victoria Square works was provided. Design plans for the upgrade of Victoria Square will be provided to the Panel for feedback prior to works commencing in July/August 2016.

Staff facilitated discussions around the following ongoing 2015/16 case studies:

Adelaide Aquatic Centre- The Panel was informed about the accessibility upgrades that have occurred at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre to date. Council staff informed the Panel about plans to seek accreditation of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre’s Assisted Change Room facility under the Changing Places model. Discussion occurred around options for increasing accessibility into the dive pool and the possibility of the Adelaide Aquatic Centre registering as a National Disability Insurance Scheme provider.

Adelaide Design Manual-   Panel members were informed about the current status of the Adelaide Design Manual and the plans for the Panel to have opportunity to provide feedback into the various pilot projects that will be taking place as part of this Manual.

Adelaide Town Hall- The draft architectural plans for the proposed upgrades of the Adelaide Town Hall’s security desk and ticket office were presented to the Panel for review and feedback.

Accessible Adelaide- An update on the Accessible Adelaide project was provided, with the draft prototype being demonstrated. Representatives from the Panel were nominated to participate in a user testing group in future. A resource to engage businesses along Gouger Street as part of this project was also briefly discussed, with input sought from the Panel. 

Staff facilitated discussions around the new case studies for 2016/17:

Changing Places- Council’s current work to identify a suitable location for a Changing Places facility in the City was discussed and the Panel provided their feedback on how this facility could be optimized.

Smart Parking- This project was introduced and the Panel provided feedback for Council staff to consider in relation to the digital feature’s ability to recognize cars with disability car park permits and disability car parking zones.

In addition, Council staff workshopped an exercise to glean feedback from the Panel about their thoughts and aspirations for the future of the Laneways to contribute towards the current work to develop a Laneways Masterplan.  

24 February 2016

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel met for their first meeting in 2016. The agenda for the meeting included updates from Council Staff on current work influenced by the Panel, feedback on the 15/16 case studies (key projects) and presentations on the proposed 16/17 case studies. The meeting was the final meeting for the individual Panel members who have served on the Panel for almost three years. The Lord Mayor attended the meeting to thank these individuals for their contribution highlighting some of the ways that the Panel have had direct influence in various Council projects and plans. An update on the Victoria Square developments was provided and the plans for future work were discussed.  An update was provided by key staff on each of the 2015/2016 case studies.  Of particular mention was the Adelaide Design Manual which will be launched on 25 February 2016 with the Panel being called on in due course as part of the review process.

Staff presentations included:

  • The Access Guide for the City Library
  • The Draft Parklands Event Management Plan – the Panel highlighted the importance of outlining examples of organisations who have implemented events that have demonstrated good consideration of accessibility
  • Council’s online disability awareness training for staff
  • Upgrade of all bus stops in the Council boundaries to ensure that they are compliant with Disability Discrimination Act requirements.

The proposed 2016/2017 case studies include the Changing Places pilot, Bank Street - streetscape project, Waymouth Street Footpath Renewal project and the Accessible Adelaide project. The Panel’s involvement in the recruitment of new individual members was also discussed, including the creation of a video clip and available Panel members attending the induction session with the new members to discuss their experiences.


27 May 2015

The 2015/16 access and inclusion case study projects were introduced. Panel members provided advice on strategies for promoting the soon to be completed Adelaide Aquatic Centre accessible change facilities and it was agreed that a communications plan will be timed to coincide with International Day of People with Disability celebrations. The ‘Adelaide Design Manual – Implementation’ was confirmed as a case study project for 2015/16 with the Panel following up on the initial advice they provided when it was being developed (formerly called Urban Elements Catalogue Review). The ‘Adelaide Town Hall – Operations’ is also a case study project and the focus will be on supporting inclusive policy and practices for event management. A workshop was held with the Panel to determine key principles for the ‘Access Adelaide Online Resource (Connected Adelaide)’ project. Their advice will help shape the project scope to ensure the resource is useful to a range of people. The pilot for this project will focus initially on the Market District. Plans for Council’s 2015 International Day of People with Disability celebration were discussed and a small working group was formed to guide planning. A site visit of Victoria Square / Tarntanyangga also occurred. 

25 February 2015

Panel members were provided with the final update on 2014/15 case study projects. At the next meeting 2015/16 projects will be introduced. A write up of the 2014/15 projects will be made available online at the end of financial year. Picture Adelaide 2040 staff informed the Panel of the project and encouraged their feedback. Feedback was sought on the Victoria Square/Tarntanyangga Southern End Design as part of the project evaluation. Council are celebrating their 175 year in 2015, the Panel were invited to consider ideas for a celebration and discussed the possibility of bringing this theme into International Day of People with Disability celebrations. The Access Adelaide Guide review project is still being scoped with a focus on online resources. A range of other business items were discussed including the King William Street Building Alignment Outdoor Dining Trial, Cr Simms Motion on Notion (10/2/15) regarding Assisting People with Disabilities and the State Government proposal to allow cyclists on footpaths.   


26 November 2014

Case study updates were provided to the Panel. The Public Toilet Audit staff have been working with the Aquatic Centre project team to trial the use of a Rifton Support Station in the design for the upgrade for the accessible change room at the Centre.

The Disability Awareness Training online module will be reviewed by the Panel prior to Stage One roll out with customer facing staff. The Panel members reflected on the workshop ‘Experiencing Adelaide’ which will be used to inform the review of Council’s provision of accessibility information for the City. The Recharge Scheme Australia partnership, to establish recharge points for electric mobility devices, will launch as part of International Day of People with Disability celebrations. Celebrations will also include the launch of a range of videos that give voice to articles of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, curated by Access2Arts in partnership with ACC. An exhibition at the City Library will also be held until 16 January 2015. 

20 August 2014

Case study updates were provided to the Panel. The Public Toilet Audit is progressing with condition audits being undertaken. The Project Officer asked the Panel about their definitions of an accessible facility, discussion was had about supports such as adult change tables and hoists.

The pilot Disability Awareness Training was rolled out at the Aquatic Centre by consultants Enable Development. Operational changes will be made to ensure the learning from the training is embedded into practice.

The Aquatic Centre Manager let the Panel know about recent progress with the Action Plan for the Centre including improvements to the Café to include healthy options and a better menu design that is available in large text and online. Additionally budget has now been secured for design concepts to be drawn up for upgrade of the accessible change facility.

The Accessibility Information Provision review project is underway with a consultant appointed. The Panel were asked to be involved as table facilitators for the community engagement workshop that is being planned for November 2014. An online engagement is also planned, called ‘Experiencing Adelaide’ as well as focus groups with key user groups including people with intellectual disability.

28 May 2014

The Panel were invited to provide feedback on a draft letter to Rundle Place management regarding items identified during the City Library site visit. The Panel were invited to assist in scoping a project to review the Access Adelaide Guide publication to ensure it met needs and utilised current technology. Council is investigating options for establishing recharge stations for electric mobility devices.

The 2014/15 case study projects were introduced to the Panel including the Public Toilets Audit, New Year’s Eve event, Disability Awareness Training and Adelaide Aquatic Centre. The Public Toilets Audit was introduced; it will involve reviewing building assets and undertaking condition audits. These audits will be undertaken against building code but staff also want to understand from the Panel what functionality considerations should also be incorporated.

The New Year’s Eve event in Elder Park attracts approximately 30,000 visitors per year. The Events Consultant working on the project acknowledged some limitations of the site and invited initial feedback on strategies for improving the experience of people with disability.

The Culture and Leadership Consultant provided an overview of the approach to piloting Disability Awareness Training at Council. They will discuss options with recommended providers and go from there, beginning with a session at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre. The Panel were invited to provide advice and feedback on training and provider criteria. 

26 February 2014

Since the last meeting the Panel visited the new City Library to undertake a site visit before it opened to the public. A list of suggestions has been compiled. The scenarios the Panel provided for presentation to Council regarding the Victoria Park Grandstand were presented by the Access Consultant engaged to do an awareness session. There were no new updates on the Wayfinding Concept.

The Urban Elements Catalogue review project is progressing and Council will be presented with the first set of elements in the coming weeks. Once the catalogue is Council endorsed detail will be provided on materials, installation, maintenance procedures and site inspections in order to reduce wear and tear that alters the accessibility of the surface.

The Project Manager for the Aquatic Centre upgrade advised that Council were unsuccessful in securing the grant from the Department of Recreation and Sport to support accessibility upgrades. Therefore there will be a delay in delivery. The Access and Inclusion Action Plan for the Centre is being finalised after an Access Consultant was also engaged to provide feedback.

The inaugural Access and Inclusion Workshop was considered to be a success due to the robust discussion it generated and the identification of new case study projects for 2014/15.


13 November 2013

Case study updates were provided to the Panel. The Urban Elements Catalogue Review Project Officer reported that the two focus groups had been held and valuable feedback was gathered to inform the development of principles and concept designs. Both focus groups had raised feedback about outdoor dining in the context of the urban environment and barriers.

The Panel were asked for feedback on the mapping content for the urban plinths (signs) for the next stage in the Wayfinding Concept. Maps are to be located at key decision points; they aren’t textural but will be supported by braille signage at intersections and QR code links.   

A funding application was submitted to Department of Recreation and Sport to support the upgrade of the accessible change facilities at the Aquatic Centre. The site visit by the Panel is being written up into an action plan.

The Victoria Park Grandstand project is continuing to consider options for shade structures. A presentation to Council is being scheduled to support investigations.

The Outdoor Dining Guidelines review is underway, the Community Safety Officer provided an overview to the Panel and they were asked to provide feedback, in particular around considerations such as street alignment and widths.

Plans are in place for the first annual Access and Inclusion workshop and for a Mayoral Reception to celebrate International Day of People with Disability.

11 September 2013

Case study updates were provided to the Panel. The Urban Elements Catalogue Review project had taken on the Panel’s advice for targeted engagement with the disability community and two focus groups regarding street furniture and pavements and surfaces were scheduled. The State Disability Register will be engaged to seek participants for these sessions.

The Wayfinding Concept project sought advice on priority locations for signage. The Panel also provided advice on language used within signs.

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre upgrade Project Manager provided a briefing on the upgrade of the leisure pool and some of the reported issues with its current design and use. It was also discussed that the 50m pool would be upgraded as part of this project. The Panel expressed their desire for independent access to be a priority in the upgrade. The Panel highlighted the need for all Centre facilities to support the use of the pool. A site visit will be scheduled.    

Options for the Victoria Park Grandstand project, including Panel feedback, were presented for Council consideration. Further options were requested.

10 July 2013

The Panel were introduced to the four case study projects for 2013/14 including the Urban Elements Catalogue Review (Urban Design Framework), Wayfinding Concept, Adelaide Aquatic Centre and Victoria Park Grandstand.

The Urban Elements Catalogue Review was introduced by the Senior Urban Designer who presented the guiding principles for the review and design of street furniture concepts for the City.

The Wayfinding Concept/Strategy development was introduced by the Policy Officer Development and Parklands. This process includes the design of wayfinding signage for the City and the purpose of the project is to break down barriers to travelling through the Parklands, having a consistent approach across the City and providing value for money. The Officer reflected feedback the Panel had already provided on inclusion of braille and tactile elements, height, placement and text size.

The Adelaide Aquatic Centre is receiving an upgrade and part of this project also included review of Disability Discrimination Act compliance within the Centre. The project is only in the early stages and feedback will be sought over the coming months.

An Access and Inclusion Strategy Evaluation Framework was discussed with Panel members. The targets and measures in the Strategy will be reported against annually and suggestions were invited for how improvements could be measured in terms of people’s experience of the City.  

10 April 2013

The Panel was briefed about the New City Library project and asked to provide initial feedback on how they would like to use the facility. The Panel outlined a number of considerations for the project team to ensure the building didn’t create barriers to participation.

The Project Manager for the Victoria Park Grandstand provided a summary of the process to date including upgrades to the access toilets and change room facilities. The next stage of the project required consideration of how viewing could be supported. It was decided a site visit would be necessary to provide meaningful input.

The Community Liaison and Engagement Officer gave an overview of community engagement at ACC and talked about efforts to provide staff with resources to support engagement with excluded groups. The Panel provided feedback on the draft checklist that had been provided prior to the meeting.   

Project Officers working on an upgrade to the Princess Elizabeth Playground presented about the early stages of planning for an upgrade to this space. The Panel gave feedback on general principles to support small children and other age groups to enjoy the space. 

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