Access issues advisory committee established

BRIGHTON Council is establishing an Access Advisory Committee and is seeking community nominations.

At its last council meeting, Councillors agreed with a request from a disabled Brighton resident that the committee would be an important forum for people with disabilities to raise concerns about access issues in the community and for those issues to be addressed directly by Council.

Mayor Tony Foster said he had received the request from resident Donna Campbell who was concerned that she and other disabled residents had encountered access problems within the municipality.  She felt that a committee reporting to Council would be able address those issues.

Council has previously had an Access Advisory Committee which began in 1997 and which operated until 2004.

Council agreed it should be proactive in addressing disability access issues particularly now a resident had raised access concerns within the municipality.

Draft terms of reference are now being formulated and recommendations will go back to Council for adoption for the operation and membership of the committee.

Anyone who is interested in joining the committee is asked to contact the General Manager Ron Sanderson at Brighton Council.