DRIVING CHANGE: Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network's Peter Ryan and his passionate band of hard workers.
DRIVING CHANGE: Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network's Peter Ryan and his passionate band of hard workers.

Liveable tourism and housing on radar for Coast network

PETER Ryan and his Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network are leading the charge on the Coast for change in accessible tourism and community venues, and the future of residential design.

With the support of the Sunshine Coast Council, the advocacy group are currently working on three key projects.

Tourism venues have a chance to broaden their appeal to disability community by making their venues more accessible. SCAAN and Central Queensland University are working together to collect information from tourism venues from across the Coast which identify which venues are accessible and which are not.

"Two per cent of all tourist accommodation is accessible," SCAAN president Mr Ryan said. "At the moment, 25 per cent of Australians have a disability and they have absolutely nowhere to go to if they want a holiday. If they do want one they usually bring a carer and family with them which is an enormous amount of business the accommodation businesses aren't getting."

The survey outcomes, which will be released this month, will be categorised depending on accessibility and then shared with several national agencies which have the capacity to broadly promote the venues and their type of accessibility.

Tourism venues can find out information about accessibility requirements by contacting Bryce Tolliday at www.accessallway.com.

In conjunction with the University of the Sunshine Coast, the network is also working on studying the state of accessibility to the Coast's community halls.

The third project for the network is creating liveable homes. On August 15 it is inviting interested parties to attend a forum at the Sunshine Coast University Innovation Centre to discuss universal housing design.

"It means by the end of 2020, you won't be able to build a house unless you have got either platinum, gold or silver level," Mr Ryan said about registered builders. "You are going to have make sure when you build a house that it has a level entry and you can get in a front door."

For more information on the projects and to register to attend the forum, go to www.scaan.org.au


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