Melville Access and Advisory Panel works with Parks and Wildlife

The City of Melville’s community based Access and Advisory Panel (AAP) has worked with the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) to support their latest initiative, providing feedback on series of new interpretation facilities installed by DPaW at various sites along the foreshore including Heathcote, Point Walter and Bicton Baths.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said there were very few groups in the State like the Access and Advisory Panel.  

“The City’s AAP gives local people with disabilities the opportunity to comment on important projects, blending the experience of wheelchair users, senior citizens, deaf people, people with Alzheimer's or dementia, people with autism and the blind/vision impaired, to improve the accessibility of a particular project ,” said Mayor Aubrey.

“Advocates from disability groups and City of Melville staff also sit on the AAP, and together the group work to encourage designers to think beyond formal access standards and strive for practical, user-friendly inclusive design before projects are finalised.”

“Established in 2013, the AAP help to improve inclusion for people with all abilities to events, facilities, buildings and even City plans and strategies. Some developers are even finding the insight helps to create a better product than originally planned, which appeals to a bigger market

“The AAP recently worked with DPaW, who were thrilled to have the community involved, providing feedback to the Department regarding their Marli Riverpark interpretation nodes project.”

The new interpretation facilities, known as ‘River Journeys’ are installed at sites along Melville’s foreshore, featuring wooden deck structures that link into existing pathways, with built-in seating and important information about the river in both Noongar and English languages provided through signage, audio and digital media. Designed to help visitors connect with the natural and cultural values of the river, DPaW will continue to install these nodes at strategic locations along the Swan and Canning Rivers as part of a series.

DPaW were With feedback from the AAP, project designers worked to ensure the node floors were flattened and used pictures on signage to ensure the nodes would be more accessible and allowing visitors of all reading abilities to enjoy them.

“The AAP also help shape important guidelines for the City, like the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2012-2017.”

Since 2013 the AAP have provided detailed and specialist comment on the following projects.

  • An upgrade to the Piney Lakes Sensory Playground
  • The new three-storey Challenger Institute of Technology building on Murdoch Drive
  • A public realm upgrade out the front of the shops on Davis Road in Attadale
  • The Little Hands Festival
  • The Point Walter Festival
  • A new three-storey classroom at All Saints College
  • A large new sports centre at Corpus Christi College
  • The Sculpture Walk at Deep Water Point
  • The Disability Action Plan for Museums and Libraries in the City of Melville
  • The upcoming upgrade to Garden City
  •  Some of the public toilets around the City of Melville
  •  A new four-storey mixed-use building in the Riseley Structure Plan area
  • A set of two mixed use buildings in the Canning Bridge Structure Plan area
  • A new four-storey mixed use building (offices and residential care) in Willagee
  • A new 22-storey mixed use building (food shops and apartments) in the Canning Bridge Activity Centre
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s marli riverpark interpretation nodes
  • A new church and three-storey apartment building in Willage
  • Access improvements for out the front of Blue Gum Community Centre

The panel meets quarterly at the City of Melville Civic Centre.

For more information about access and inclusion or to find a copy of the City of Melville’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, go to www.melvillecity.com.au/daip or call 1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.