Disability Access Hollis Park

Decision Maker: Council

Decision status: Recommendations Determined

Decisions:

Procedural Motion

At this stage of the meeting, it was moved by Councillor Scott:

That Items 13.4, 13.5, 13.13 and13.15 be adopted in globo.

The Chair (the Lord Mayor) advised that in globo motions are required to be unanimous, and as Councillors have indicated that they do not support the in globo motion the procedural motion cannot proceed. Each motion will be heard separately.

Moved by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Phelps -

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the City of Sydney’s ongoing commitment to making Sydney truly inclusive and welcoming as embodied in the A City for All: Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan;

(ii)        key actions in the A City for All: Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan include:

(a)       continue to improve the accessibility of the public domain for people with a disability and older people, through renewal programs, upgrades and new capital projects; and

(b)       continue to deliver inclusive sport and recreation activities through the City’s recreation facilities and open spaces; and

(iii)      concerns have been raised in relation to the turning angle on the disabled access at Hollis Park on the corner of Fitzroy and Wilson Streets; and

(B)      the Chief Executive Officer be requested to:

(i)         investigate the concerns in relation to Hollis Park and report back to Council with a proposal and solution to improve disability access including timeframe and budget; and

(ii)        include an audit on accessibility of Council open spaces as part of the review of the Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan.

Amendment. Moved by Councillor Miller, seconded by Councillor Thalis –

It is resolved that:

(A)      Council note:

(i)         the City of Sydney’s ongoing commitment to making Sydney truly inclusive and welcoming as embodied in the A City for All: Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan;

(ii)        a key focus of the Plan is that streets, parks, footpaths and open spaces in the City of Sydney area are accessible;

(iii)      the design, maintenance and management of infrastructure and places enables people with disability to travel through the City with dignity and independence;

(iv)      which is why the A City for All: Inclusion (Disability) Action Plan includes key actions to:

(a)       continue to improve the accessibility of the public domain for people with a disability and older people, through renewal programs, upgrades and new capital projects; and

(b)       continue to deliver inclusive sport and recreation activities through the City’s recreation facilities and open spaces; and

(v)       concerns have been raised in relation to the turning angle on the disabled access at Hollis Park on the corner of Fitzroy and Wilson Streets;

(vi)      the ramp from the Wilson Street boundary is not accessible by wheelchair due to the steep park topography;

(vii)     the pavement is also very narrow along Fitzroy Street, which is further impeded by telegraph poles, lighting poles and signposts;

(viii)    wheelchair access is provided into Hollis Park at three locations:

(a)       the junction of Warren Ball Avenue and Fitzroy Street;

(b)       the junction of Warren Ball Avenue with Georgina Street; and

(c)       a further entrance along Georgina Street; and

(ix)       the enclosed playground is also fully accessible by wheelchairs; and

(B)      the Chief Executive Officer be requested to investigate the concerns in relation to Hollis Park as part of a future park upgrade to improve disability access.

A show of hands on the amendment resulted in an equality of voting as follows:

Ayes (5)          The Lord Mayor, Councillors Kok, Miller, Scully and Thalis

Noes (5)          Councillors Chung, Forster, Phelps, Scott and Vithoulkas

The Chair (the Lord Mayor) exercised her casting vote in favour of the amendment.

Amendment carried.

The amended motion was carried unanimously.

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Report author: Erin Cashman

Publication date: 26/07/2021

Date of decision: 26/07/2021

Decided at meeting: 26/07/2021 - Council

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