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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4087..


Which are the ACT clubs, by name and location, which do not provide disabled access.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Disabled or accessible toilets must be provided in new clubs, those undergoing significant renovation or when alterations to existing clubs include toilet facilities. Accessible toilets are a proportion of the sanitary facilities that must be provided for the public if the club includes a bar, restaurant or function room. Unless a club building is substantially altered, the requirements do not apply to parts of an existing building that are not

immediately affected by building work. Not all clubs offer accessible toilet facilities, since many of them were constructed under earlier legislation.

The Government does not have information on this subject though it would respond to complaints that clubs had failed to comply with their legal obligations.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) contains detailed provisions for disability access. Further the ACT Planning and Land Authority (ACTPLA) recently adopted the Interim ACT Planning Guidelines for Access and Mobility that ACTPLA believes are consistent with the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act (1992) and the ACT Discrimination Act (1991). Until modifications to the Building Code of Australia are introduced, compliance with this document will ensure that accessible toilets are provided.

Since 1997 the BCA has required disability access to the areas in clubs that are normally used by the occupants.

The recently adopted Interim ACT Planning Guidelines for Access and Mobility set a higher standard for disability access to buildings than the current BCA. The Commonwealth and the Australian Building Codes Board are developing proposals to require greater disability access in new buildings and increase the extent to which current requirements for access apply when existing buildings are modified for other reasons.

Most ACT clubs were constructed before the current requirements came into effect and as such may not meet the current requirements for disability access. Some, however, were designed to earlier standards for disability access that applied from 1979 on.

The Government does not have information on this subject though it would respond to complaints that clubs had failed to comply with their legal obligations.

Brindabella Road-landslip risk

(Question No 934)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the landslip risk on a section of Brindabella Road between the Cotter and Uriarra Road (Urban Services Media Release dated 11 September 2003):

Have protective barriers been successfully installed along this section of road, and if so, are they permanent or temporary barriers;

What was the cost to the Government of attending to this problem and the installation of barriers;


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