Local Government's Role

LGNSW works with all levels of government to help create more inclusive and liveable communities. In a liveable community, all people feel engaged, can participate in local activities and do not face barriers to carrying out their regular daily lives.

Some features of a liveable community are:

  • Walkable pathways, road crossings and ramps.
  • Seating in public places.
  • Accessible and well located public toilets.
  • Public spaces are well lit and have weather protection and hand rails.
  • Parking is located near essential services.
  • Signage is clear, and includes Braille.

We have collected photos of examples of liveable communities, based on the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Cities checklist (PDF,1.41MB).

Lift & Change Facilities Trial

LGNSW is working with councils to identify sites where Lift & Change facilities can be installed with a co-contribution from the NSW Government.

The NSW Government provided a co-contribution of up to $35,000 to provide Lift & Change facilities in local communities.

The trial aims to demonstrate how Lift & Change facilities in varying locations work best, including at swimming centres, near beaches and in tourist information centres.

Blue Mountains, Campbelltown, Clarence Valley, Cootamundra-Gundagai, Kiama, Northern Beaches, Orange, Shoalhaven and Yass Valley councils have received co-contributions and will commence developing Lift & Change facilities.

To date, Lift & Change facilities have been completed at the South Grafton Lifestyle Centre and the Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre. New facilities at Echo Point in the Blue Mountains and Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club are due for completion early in 2017.

Further updates will be provided on recipient councils as works progress. For more information see the Family and Community Services website.

A checklist of specifications for Lift & Change facilities is available here (PDF, 1.11MB).

Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK)

The Department of Family and Community Services and LGNSW reaffirm the use of the Master Locksmith Key (MLAK) system for accessible toilets and recommend utilising the system for Lift & Change facilities.

The MLAK system gives facility owners the option to secure the facility after hours but still provide 24 hour access to facilities for people with disability. The general guidelines for use are:

For further information, download the fact sheet for councils here (PDF, 985KB).

Healthy Built Environments

Councils are important in creating public places where people can live healthy active lives and participate in their communities. A number of useful resources have been developed to support councils in developing healthy environments, including: