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MINUTES OF THE ASHFIELD ACCESS COMMITTEE OF ASHFIELD COUNCIL, HELD IN HABERFIELD LIBRARY, 78 DALHOUSIE STREET, HABERFIELD ON MONDAY 2 MAY 2011, COMMENCING AT 12PM.

 

 

PRESENT         Councillors Stott (Chair)               

                            Meaghan Devane – CRCC

                            Donna Economidis

                            Reg Holdsworth

                            Ruth Paillas – Community Development Worker

             

 

APOLOGIES    

 

Matt Spanko – FRANS

Shelley Sha - SF

 

 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES              Economidis/Devane

 

The minutes of the Ashfield Access Committee Meeting held on Monday 7 March 2011 were confirmed.

        

    

Matters Arising from Previous Minutes

 

Business Use of Public Footpaths

Council Working Group meeting deferred. 

 

Access Committee Future Directions

When reintroduced at Council the Committee will encourage wider representation from people with disabilities/disability organisations.  The Committee believes that this is an opportunity for Council to take a leading role in disability access issues.

 

Carnival of Cultures

The Carnival was cancelled due to bad weather and no rescheduling is planned.

 

RECOMMENDATION:       Economidis/Devane

 

1/1    That Council distribute the leftover plants to local schools and organisations.

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

1.      Committee Review

 

          The Committee has decided to use it allocated budget (total 2011/2012 budget committed) to employ an Access Consultant to be a standing member. Ruth to collect quotes.

 

          The Committee Terms of Reference need to be updated.

          Membership is an ongoing issue.  Ruth to follow up with Vision Australia.  Councillor Stott to follow up with Cardinal Freeman Village.

 

          Standing agenda items to be created for the Committee.

 

RECOMMENDATION:       Holdsworth/Devane

 

1/2    That Council engage an independent Access Consultant (such as Access Australia) to examine the access issues in the Wests Leagues Club DA.

 

2/2    That the appropriate Council officer from the Directorate of Planning and Environment attend the next Committee.

 

2.      Disability Recreation Consultant

 

          The Committee discussed  all-inclusive playground models including ‘Boundless Playgrounds’ in the US and the ‘Liberty Swing’ program supported by Rotary.

 

RECOMMENDATION:                 Economidis/Devane

 

1/1    That the Access Committee engage a Consultant using the 2010/2011 budget to work with Council’s Recreation Working Group to facilitate the instalment of all-inclusive playgrounds in the Ashfield LGA.

 

3.      Update on Ashfield’s Disability Employment Program

 

          Discussion addressed organisational difficulties of providing paid work/work experience for people with disabilities.  Opportunities in the new Library will continue to be explored.

 

Other Business

 

Inner West Councils are organising a 1-day training on the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to happen on Thursday 02 June.  Committee members attending include Councillor Stott, Meaghan Devane, Donna Economidis and Ruth Paillas.

 

Next Meeting:

Monday 06 June, 12.00pm, Venue - TBA

         

PROCEEDINGS TERMINATED AT 2.00PM

 

Chairperson of the meeting of Ashfield Access Committee

when the Minutes were confirmed

 

 

Chairperson

 

Date