On the Dunny Run – Access Auditing Accessible Public Toilets in Tweed Shire

  • The project demonstrates the importance of working in partnership with people with a lived experience of disability in undertaking access audits of Council infrastructure. The access audit of all designated accessible public toilets in Tweed Shire was a priority action in Council’s Access and Inclusion Plan. Two members of Council’s Equal Access Advisory Committee worked with Council’s Community Development Officer Ageing and Disability to assess the toilets resulting in a schedule of works in 2016.  The presentation focusses on the review process and the value of sharing technical knowledge and lived experiences for a practical outcome. The input from the community members highlighted systemic issues with toilet design and fittings as well as other barriers that needed to be addressed. The results have initiated many changes. The project has influenced thinking at all levels of Council, initiated other working partnerships and led to changes in protocols and processes.

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