Bass Coast,
29
August
2014
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08:48
Australia/Melbourne

Good Access Important For All

Everyone benefits from good access – parents of young children in prams, people with temporary injuries, older people and people with disabilities.

This is why it is important for builders, developers and renovators to understand requirements in providing access to all.

A collaborative project between Bass Coast Shire Council and the other five Gippsland ouncils, Scope and the Department of Human Services, the New Guide to Good Access has been developed for renovators, builders and developers.

“Design that incorporates good access provides an environment that is safer, easier to move around and live in,” Mayor, Cr Neil Rankine said.

"The guide provides practical information about how access improvements can be made to benefit people with access needs.”

Cr Rankine said that over half of Gippsland’s population is aged 55 or older, and that this figure will continue to increase into the future. 

“Some older people may experience difficulties with mobility, sight and hearing, but may not consider that they have a disability. 

“It makes sense to think about the way we build and how we can provide accessible buildings that function now and into the future.”

The guide provides examples of how good access can be provided to meet the minimum design requirements for new building work to enable access for people with disabilities, and also includes references to the relevant Legislation and Standards.

Local planning officers, building surveyors or Council’s RuralAccess Worker can provide information on planning issues, building law and local access specifications, as required.

Copies of the guide are available free of charge by contacting Council on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211, or can be downloaded from Council’s website at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/accessguide.