A reference group focused on providing advice on accessibility issues for Perth’s Metronet project is to be formed in the coming months, with individuals and groups now being sought as nominees for membership.
The Access and Inclusion Reference Group will be made up of people or organisations experienced and knowledgeable regarding disability or with mobility issues, and will provide input into the planning, design and useability of new Metronet stations and precincts.
State transport minister Rita Saffioti said the group would also provide advice to contractors during the construction of new infrastructure.
“People with disability represent a core user group of public transport services in Western Australia, and it’s vital that we have their input throughout delivery of new Metronet projects,” Saffioti said.
“We want to build connected communities which are accessible for all members of the public.”
Individuals and organisations from access and inclusion sectors will be especially sought after, particularly those in the housing, disability, seniors and transport industries.
Disability services minister Stephen Dawson said that the reference group would provide recommendations and expertise on best practice access requirements.
“There’s very little point in building transport facilities that passengers cannot use, which is why we’re looking for group members who can get in on the ground floor of our project planning and help ensure our infrastructure is the best it can be,” Dawson said.
“Bringing together both the lived experience and universal design knowledge will ensure Metronet delivers on inclusive and welcoming communities.”
Nominations will be assessed by the Metronet Communications and Engagement team and the Department of Communities’ Disability Services.
To nominate for a position on the Metro Access and Inclusion Reference Group, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C25CYK9