Disability access stepped up in Mosman

19 November 2015

Mosman Council has made significant improvements in accessibility following upgrades to key facilities, including Barry O’Keefe Library and Mosman Square Seniors Centre, as well as improvements to paths and pedestrian crossings.

An accessible path of travel now stretches from Mosman Junction to Spit Junction following the completion of the raised crossing at Gouldsbury Street and road resurfacing at the corner of Belmont and Military Roads.

Upgrades have also improved access to park facilities with the Liberty Swing at Clifton Gardens now accessible from the parking ground while further improvements are planned to provide an accessible path to Chinaman’s Beach.

Completion of work at the library, which included an improved disabled toilet and baby change facilities, and the Seniors Centre, which resulted in improved amenity for visitors, has enabled people to more easily attend the range of activities on offer at both venues.

The access strategy was developed in collaboration with Council’s Mosman Access and Mobility Community Consultative Committee.

“Effective accessibility reduces the exclusion that people with a disability often experience because they just can’t get from A to B,” committee chair Cr Carolyn Corrigan said.

“We are delighted we are now including access principles in our asset works and are confident we will make great progress in this very important area.”

The access improvements come ahead of the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on December 3. Marking the day with its annual IDPwD event, Council will host students from six local schools next Thursday so that they can participate in a range of activities designed to increase awareness and understanding.