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Sydney Olympic Park Authority commended for setting the bar on best-practice access

18 Dec 2017

The Hon. Ray Williams, NSW Minister for Disability Services, has commended Sydney Olympic Park Authority for maintaining high benchmarks in access and inclusion provisions for Park visitors with a disability.

The Minister’s visit and tour of the Park in November was conducted as part of an annual review of the Authority’s facilitation of commitments contained within the Sydney Olympic Park Authority Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

Sydney Olympic Park's commitment to access dates back to the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, and now the DIAP sets the agenda for inclusion of disability requirements in the planning, development and management of the Park. It is ultimately designed to ensure that Sydney Olympic Park remains an iconic accessible precinct for all members of the community to enjoy.

Gaining a first-hand insight into the Park’s myriad access and inclusion best-practices in place and in planning, Minister Williams toured the town centre and surrounds. He also met with Sydney Olympic Park Authority CEO, Charles Moore, and other members of the Authority regarding matters of Park access and inclusion of people with disability.

“It is pleasing that such an important venue as Sydney Olympic Park has a plan that seeks to integrate the diverse needs of participants, spectators, tourists and local business community through its range of programs,” said Minister Williams.

Sydney Olympic Park Authority provides a variety of programs and activities tailored for people with disability, including (but not limited to):

  • A fully-accessible outdoor classroom at Bicentennial Park
  • Environmental education programs customised for people with disability
  • Archery classes for people with disability
  • Swimming programs, spanning lessons and carnivals, for people with disability
  • A hearing loop installed for the Movies by the Boulevard outdoor cinema festival
  • International, national and local events for people with disability
  • Facilities for the 2018 Invictus Games

Furthermore, Sydney Olympic Park Authority provides best-practice car parking for visitors with accessible needs and the Park’s venues boast a range of accessible features.

Additionally, all new developments at the Park promote:

  • Visitable access to residential developments
  • Adaptable housing for residential development
  • Accessible paths of pedestrian travel
  • Emergency management plans that cater for people with disability
  • Accessible public transport networks
  • Accessibility to local parks and regional parklands
  • A fully functioning liveable Town Centre that is inclusive for all people