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Accessible & Inclusive Geelong Feasibility Study

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posted on 2024-06-04, 06:40 authored by Richard TuckerRichard Tucker, David Kelly, Patsie Frawley, Louise JohnsonLouise Johnson, Kevin Murfitt, Fiona AndrewsFiona Andrews, Andrew BrownAndrew Brown, Claire Henderson-WilsonClaire Henderson-Wilson, Ursula De JongUrsula De Jong, Valerie WatchornValerie Watchorn, Alexandra Gartrell, Kathryn Aedy, Susan AngSusan Ang, Susan BalandinSusan Balandin, Catherine BennettCatherine Bennett, Danielle HitchDanielle Hitch, David Jones, Erin Wilson
Accessible & Inclusive Geelong Feasibility Study

History

Pagination

1-208

Language

eng

Research statement

Research background: Context: While research & policy have aspired to address the significant barriers to participation faced by people with disability in all areas of life, rarely in practice do outcomes deliver change. Aim: This urban design research harnessed systems-thinking to a collective impact approach to determine stakeholder-wide consensus on what’s required to overcome entrenched obstacles to accessibility & inclusivity in Geelong, Victoria. A methodology was designed with the disability community to create shared understanding of the structural, socio-economic & political processes that hinder and advance change. Research contribution: Innovation: Community-based participatory research was used to build positive attitudes to disability through direct knowledge exchange between people with & without disability. A multidisciplinary approach connected urban planning policy to education, public transport, housing, co-design, community infrastructure & inclusive employment practices. New Knowledge: Systems thinking is shown to benefit participatory research by visualising & the specifying complex & dynamic characteristics of problems, & by identifying interventions to inform a collective plan of action. Policy measures identified included a new Access & Inclusion Policy for the Principal Planning Framework, review of the Victorian Apartment Design Guidelines, decision-making criterion, & implementation of a new Local Planning Policy. Research significance: The research was competitively funded by the Victorian Government via tender. The findings were described in Architecture & Design (Australia’s largest commercial built environment & design media network); & acknowledged in the Victorian Council of Social Services submission to the Victorian State Disability Plan 2021-2024, in the Committee for Geelong’s submission on Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy, & in the Parliament of Victoria’s Hansard (59th Parliament, 1st Session, p.4429)

Publication classification

A6 Research report/technical paper

Scale

NTRO Major

Editor/Contributor(s)

Richard Tucker, David Kelly, Patsie Frawley, Louise Johnson, Kevin Murfitt, Fiona Andrews, Andrew Brown, Claire Henderson-Wilson, Ursula De Jong, Valerie Watchorn, Alexandra Gartrell, Kathryn Aedy, Susan Ang, Susan Balandin, Catherine Bennett, Danielle Hitch, David Jones, Erin Wilson, Rob Wandell

Publisher

Deakin University

Place of publication

Geelong, Vic