City of Lake Macquarie Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 - page 19

Disability Inclusion Action Plan
Lake Macquarie City
Council is committed to upgrading
facilities to improve accessibility. Some
of these improvements include:
• Lake Macquarie Variety Playground
– an all-abilities playground featuring
a large range of play equipment
including a liberty swing, sensory
features, a quiet zone and barbecue/
picnic facilities.
• Changing place facility – located
within the amenities building at
Speers Point Park and accessed
with Master Locksmith Access Key
(MLAK). This facility is fitted with a
hoist, adjustable bed, accessible
toilet and shower facility.
• Lake Mac Beaches - patrolled
beaches, beach wheelchairs
available, an accessible viewing
platform, accessible surf club and
amenities. Introduced beach matting
installed during weekends over the
soft sand at Caves Beach.
• Upgrade of amenities – surf clubs,
sports and community facilities
access upgrades including new
ramps, lifts, pathways, accessible
car parking and accessible toilet
facilities. Two new community
centres built. Extension of Fernleigh
Track (shared pathway).
• Public toilets – total of 16 accessible
facilities. Some upgrades and new
amenities introduced.
• Lake Mac Libraries – all branches
are accessible. Recent upgrade of
Speers Point and Cardiff branch
replaced with new building.
Additional resources purchased
include screen readers, daisy
readers and 3D books. Replaced
bus with a new smaller vehicle used
for the mobile library service.
• Lake Mac Swim Centres – upgrades
including accessible toilet facilities
and pool hoists.
• Boat ramps – including four
accessible facilities and accessible
car parking.
• Holiday Parks – accessible cabins
at two parks, access improvements
including new amenities, campers
kitchen and a new swimming pool
with ramp access.
• International Day of People with
Disability event every two years.
• Library services and resources.
• Blue Dot waste service - provides a
weekly service for people who are
unable to put out their bins.
• The Good Neighbour Project
encourages people to assist their
neighbours who are unable to put
out their bins.
• Breakdown the Barriers exercises -
internal staff and Councillors.
• Provide comment on development
applications, master plans and
Council facilities with a public use
to ensure non-discriminatory
access and use.
To ensure equity of access to
services and facilities for all residents
of Lake Macquarie City, the Panel
was established in 2010. The Panel
provides Council with advice on the
broad range of issues that affect
seniors, people with disability and
carers, as well as providing information
back into the community on Council
services and plans.
Issues discussed include access to
services and facilities, pedestrian
infrastructure, transport, health,
housing, support services and
The panel consists of elected
members from:
• local service providers - ageing
and disability;
• community members from the
target groups - older adults, people
with a disability and carers; and
• Council representatives – including
Councillors and specialist staff.
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