2nd Australian Universal Design Conference Special Edition

This edition of the newsletter focuses on conference activities. We've had some good feedback, and some presentations uploaded ready for sharing. There will be more to share when items come to hand. Next newsletter will return to the usual format.  Jane Bringolf, Editor

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Universal Design Conference presentations

We have the first batch of concurrent session presentations to share from Day 1 of the conference.  Margaret Ward: Words that succeed, policies that fail. This presentation provided an overview of the status of the National Dialogue on Universal Housing Design, and the current lobbying activities attempting to overcome the inaction in policy implementation. Abigail Elliott: STEP Up - Shape your …

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Campaigning Kelly Vincent

The Hon Kelly Vincent spoke of the political wrangling to get her amendments to the Planning Infrastructure and Development Bill through both houses in the South Australian Parliament. Using humour and passion she told of the difficulties she encountered along the way. Ms Vincent was faced with strong opposition from property lobby groups that continue to claim it would place an unjust impost on …

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Ro Coroneos head and shoulder shot

Panel session: Economics of Inclusion

The conference ended with a panel session discussing the economics of inclusion. Ro Coroneos from Lendlease explained the process they used for Barangaroo South, a major development on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. Working with Australian Network on Disability they consulted with a wide range of community representatives to create comfortable, convenient and attractive spaces and places in the development. …

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Syney Opera House taken from a ship at sunset - the House glows yellow and orange

Sydney Opera House Pre-conference Event

This contribution is by Nicholas Loder who represented the conference committee for this event.  On a beautiful Monday morning we were met by Jenny Spinak and Greg McTaggart, who explained the ‘before and after’ of access for events at the Opera House, the difficulties in installing new lifts and the progress made to date in improving access. All within a building …

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Picture shows Siam Imm Goh presenting with the live captioning screen behind her

UD Conference wrap-up

It was heartwarming to get such positive feedback about the conference, both personally, by email, and via the survey we asked delegates to complete before downloading the presentations. Delegates said they were able to broaden their knowledge of UD and meet and mingle with like-minded people. Highlights were the four keynote speakers and the panel session on the Economics of Inclusion.  Kelly …

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