Considering Hamilton Island is one of Australia’s Premiere destinations, for “People with a Disability” barriers are everywhere.
This is the first of a series of blogs on our experiences here. Areas I will address are
D3.2 General building access requirements
(a) Buildings must be accessible as required by Table D3.2.
(b) Parts of buildings required to be accessible must comply with this Part and AS 1428.1.
(c) External access to a building required to be accessible must be in accordance with this Part and AS 1428.1, and must be provided—
(i) from the allotment boundary at the main points of entry; and
(ii) from any accessible carparking space on the allotment in accordance with D3.5; and
(iii) from any adjacent and associated accessible building on the allotment; and
(iv) through the principal public entrance.
Class 5, 6, 7 and 8
To and within—
(i) the entrance floor; and
(ii) any other floor to which vertical access by way of a ramp, step ramp or kerb ramp complying with AS 1428.1 or a passenger lift is provided.
Steps!!! there are steps everwhere, every shop has a step at the entry.
There are no accessilble sanitary facilities.
For national organisations like Australia Post and the National Australia Bank I find it totally unacceptable their premises are not accessible.
They may need a reminder on what the Disability Discrimination Act states
Unless unjustifiable hardship applies, a person must not be discriminated against because of the person’s disability, or the disability of any associate:
Discrimination is allowed if premises are existing, and alterations required to make them accessible would impose unjustifiable hardship on the person providing the accessibility.
Unless unjustifiable hardship applies, a person must not be discriminated against because of the person’s disability, or the disability of any associate
Discrimination is allowed if providing the goods or services, or making the facilities available, would impose unjustifiable hardship on the person providing or making them available.
The two above photos are of a real estate agent and the island Pharmacy, these are typical buildings on the main street at the marina again all with steps.
The above retail outlets are located within the Tavern (refer food premises section)