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  • Council is working hard to make our City more accessible for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability. We acknowledge the importance of:

    Website accessibility statement

    Council is committed to making our website as accessible as possible for all our visitors, including people using our site with:

    • assistive technologies such as screen readers
    • mobile devices
    • various browsers and
    • slower internet connections.

    We are striving to make our website comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (to at least Level AA), in line with the Australian Government's National Transition Strategy

    If you are having trouble accessing any information or service on this site, please contact us so we can help provide you with what you're looking for in an alternative format, and try to fix the issue for the future. Email webmaster@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au or phone 4732 7777.

    Access maps

    Find accessible services and facilities such as public transport, parking, toilets, ATMs and kerb ramps in our city centres:

    Or alternatively, you can download an accessible map below:

    Access Committee

    Expressions of interest for community members for 2016-18 are open until 19 August 2016 - download our Information Sheet including selection criteria (accessible pdf 150KB).

    What does the committee do?

    The Access Committee is a formal committee of Council which:

    • advises Council about access issues and promotes the inclusion of people with a disability as full members of the community, and
    • helps Council monitor the implementation of the Penrith Inclusion Plan.

    Vision

    A universally accessible environment and socially inclusive community throughout the Penrith Local Government Area, for people with all types of disability, in line with Council's vision for a mature city with the casual character of a rural community.

    Aim: To aspire to the provision of the highest possible standard of access and social inclusion throughout the Penrith Local Government Area for people with disability.

    Objectives and strategies

    1. advise on Council policies and procedures to ensure that legislative requirements on access are considered in Council decisions and its operations.
    2. promote the Universal Design approach as a means to contribute to social inclusion.
    3. provide a link between Council and people in the community with disability.
    4. assist Council in identifying strategies to improve access and social inclusion for people with disability.
    5. support Council in providing leadership for the broader community to achieve social inclusion of people with disability.

    Committee members

    Council called for nominations for the next Access Committee in 2014.  Current members are: Carole Grayson, Denise Heath, Farah Madon, Emma Husar, David Currie and Michael Morris. 

    Council appointed Cr Jackie Greenow OAM, Cr Michelle Tormey, Cr Tricia Hitchen, Cr Marcus Cornish and Cr Prue Car as Council's representatives on the Access Committee for the term of the current Council (2012-16).

    Operational guidelines

    The committee will:

    • be chaired by an elected member of Council. In the event that a Councillor is not present, the Community and Cultural Development Manager or their nominee shall chair the meeting.
    • be serviced and administered by the Community and Cultural Development Department of Council.
    • report directly to Council at the nearest possible meeting.
    • meet at least 6 times per year.

    The Community and Cultural Development Department will organise orientation, training and planning sessions for members.

    Out of pocket expenses incurred by volunteer committee members may be reimbursed by Council.

    To contact the community representatives email dac@penrithcity.nsw.gov.au

    Penrith Inclusion Plan

    Read the Penrith Inclusion Plan - People with Disability 2009-2013 (pdf 1.3MB). This plan highlights Council's role as a leader in contributing to a more inclusive and accessible City. The development of the plan was guided by Council's Access Committee and identifies 5 priority areas for action in 2009-13:

    • City Leadership, Promotion and Strategic Partnerships
    • Environmental, Local and Transport Planning
    • Development, Design and the Built Environment
    • Human Resources, EEO and Training
    • Access to Information

    Community Access Buses

    Applications are now being invited for the use of the community access buses in Penrith City for the period 1 July – 30 September 2016. Applications must be received no later than Friday 3 June 2016. Please note fees and charges may rise after 1 July in line with Council’s annual review of Fees and Charges. Council will assess all applicants and advise applicants of the outcome. For further information and application forms, please call 4732 7837.

    Council has 2 community buses that are available for use by non-profit community groups based in the Penrith Local Government Area. Buses can be hired during the day, in the evening and on weekends.

    • an automatic Toyota Coaster 21-seater (20 passengers plus driver)
    • a manual Toyota Coaster wheelchair accessible bus (2 wheelchair spaces and 14 seats plus driver).

    Hire fees

    • 21 seater bus: $113/day, $88 evening use, $56 half day (8am-12pm or 1-5pm).
    • Wheelchair accessible bus: $102/day, $78 evening use, $51 half day (8am-12pm or 1-5pm).

    How to apply

    To hire one these buses you will need to complete a Group Information form (accessible pdf 180KB) (hard copies also available at the Penrith Civic Centre service counter) to be assessed at Council's next quarterly access bus meeting.
    All new groups are welcome to attend these meetings, which are advertised in local papers.

    Criteria for hire

    • groups must be non-profit making and based in the Penrith Local Government Area
    • groups must provide a licensed driver with at least a LR (Light Rigid) licence
    • payment must be made in advance of booking
    • all damage must be reported immediately
    • buses must be returned clean and re-fuelled with diesel.

    Read our terms and conditions of hire (accessible pdf 90KB).

    For more details call Sue Hunt, Booking Administration Officer, on 4732 7837.

    Volunteer drivers needed

    • have some spare time?
    • like to travel and mix with people?
    • have a current LR licence and would like to drive for community groups?

    We'd love to hear from you! Please contact Sue Hunt, Administration Officer on 4732 7837.

    Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) System 

    The Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK) is an innovative system that uses a universal lock and key to allow people with a disability to gain access to public facilities e.g. accessible toilets.

    Why did Penrith City Council install MLAK?

    Council has installed a number of accessible facilities and they should be open 24 hours a day but it is sometimes necessary to lock them. The MLAK is designed to increase access to these facilities. The MLAK will reduce vandalism and keep facilities cleaner and at the same time overcome the obstacle of finding accessible facilities being locked.

    How do I get a key?

    People with a disability can purchase their own universal key from their local Master Locksmith for approximately $20. Availability is restricted to people who have a mobility difficulty or have written authority from:

    • a doctor
    • Disability Advocacy centre
    • Council or community centre
    • a Disability organisation
    • centre management or owner of an accessible toilet that is on site.

    To apply for a key or for more information, please contact the local disability advocacy centre:

    Penrith Disability Resource Centre
    114-116 Henry Street
    PO Box 185
    Penrith NSW 2751
    Phone: 4732 2363
    TTY: 4732 2088
    Email: pdrc@pdrc.org.au
    www.pdrc.org.au

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