Friday, June 11th, 2010
THE City of Bayswater is urging people to be mindful of overhanging trees and parking their cars across footpaths, in an effort to make sure people with disabilities have access where needed.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said feedback received by the council had shown these obstructions were causing major inconveniences to those who needed the greatest help.

“We have a commitment to ensuring people with disabilities have the access they need and are calling on people to do the right thing to help out,” he said.

“It really doesn’t take much to park your car in the right place or trim your trees and shrubs regularly.

“Local governments play a vital role in the lives of people with disabilities, ensuring their quality of life is the best it can be.”

In Western Australia, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show:
• 20 per cent of the population has a disability.
• One in three people know someone with a disability, whether a family member, friend or workmate.
• 15 per cent have a core activity restriction (a restriction in communication, mobility or self-care).
• 5.6 per cent have profound or severe core activity restrictions and sometimes need help or supervision with one or more tasks associated with daily living.
• 199,600 carers provide day-to-day support for family or friends with disabilities (8 per cent of the WA population).
• 93 per cent of people with disabilities live in the community, either independently or with family or friends.
• 70 per cent of all assistance required by people with disabilities is provided by an informal network of family and friends.

Mayor Kenyon said the Disability Services Act 1993 required local governments to ensure that people with disabilities have equal access to its facilities and services.

“With a few simple steps, we can all make lives a bit easier for those perhaps less fortunate than ourselves,” he said.

“If you come across locations where trees and shrubs are hanging over the footpath, preventing easy access, let the owner of the property or the City of Bayswater know the plants need to be trimmed back.

“People should call our rangers on 1300 360 333 if a vehicle is obstructing a footpath and infringements will be issued as necessary.”

For problems with street landscaping, footpaths or verges, or concerns about access issues, call (08) 9272 0621.

A Creating Accessible Communities pamphlet is also available at Bayswater, Maylands and Morley libraries, the Max Tulley Office and Information Centre at Centro Galleria, City of Bayswater Civic Centre and from

access1.jpeg: Residents are being encourage to trim back overhanging trees and plants to help people with disabilities have better access.

access2.jpeg: Cars parked across footpaths cause major inconveniences to people with disabilities.

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City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923


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