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Making an Australian Regional City Accessible and Inclusive: A Transdisciplinary Research Approach to Community Participation in Urban
journal contributionposted on 2022-09-29, 05:34 authored by Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, D Kelly, Patsie FrawleyPatsie Frawley, Louise JohnsonLouise Johnson, Fiona AndrewsFiona Andrews, Kevin MurfittKevin Murfitt, Valerie WatchornValerie Watchorn
This paper describes research asking what is required to overcome entrenched obstacles to accessibility and inclusivity in an Australia regional city, in particular for those living with disability. A transdisciplinary, systems thinking approach allowed a range of stakeholders, including many with lived experiences of disability, to create a collective plan of action. This plan included interdependent interventions, independent and ahead of national governance, connecting urban planning policy to education, public transport, housing provision, co-design of public buildings, community infrastructure and inclusive employment practices. Interdisciplinarity and transdisciplinarity within regional planning research was seen as impacting the process and outcomes.