Making the community more accessible

2 June 2020|Community News| Off Comments off on Making the community more accessible|

ONE of the main roles of the Glenorchy Access Advisory Committee is to provide advice to Council in relation to making the community a more accessible place to live, work and play.

In February 2020, members of the Access Committee along with the Council’s access and inclusion officer conducted an access audit of the intercity cycleway from Claremont to Moonah.

The audit identified areas that could be improved so that people of all abilities could use the space and its surrounds including signage, physical access and safety.

Since submitting the audit to Council, the committee were pleased to see a number of actions being prioritised with some works already completed.

Most recently a request was made to TasRail for repair and asphalting works at three rail crossings that were identified as part of the report in need of repair.

The crossings were a safety issue for people using walking aides, wheelchairs or just unsteady on their feet due to the wide gaps in between the rail and the footpath as well as uneven surfaces.

TasRail promptly completed these works.

Alongside some other repairs, these works are helping to improve the cycleway experience for the whole community.

Access and inclusion officer Elisa Ryan said these actions demonstrated that the voices of the community were being heard and most importantly that their input was creating change and action.

“People with disabilities are only limited by the environment, if the environment is accessible to everyone then people won’t be disabled by it,” she said.

“While some people may think this is only a minor change, it will make a major difference to all who commute around our suburbs and acknowledge that everyone’s needs are considered in our city.”

If you notice an access issue in your community, have your voice heard by reporting it to Council by phoning 62166 800, emailing gccmail@gcc.tas.gov.au or downloading the Snap, Send and Solve App.

Caption: From left, Access Committee members Darren Frost, Tim Marks and Simon Modrijan.

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