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CBCity celebrates accessible businesses

CBCity celebrates accessible businesses Canterbury-Bankstown is gearing up to celebrate businesses that make a special effort, big or small, to make their shops, services or products accessible for people with disability. No  

Canterbury-Bankstown is gearing up to celebrate businesses that make a special effort, big or small, to make their shops, services or products accessible for people with disability.

Council will host the Zero Barriers Business and Services Excellence Awards Night at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre on Wednesday 25 July, 6.30pm. The ceremony will recognise five businesses, judged the winner of each of the following categories:

  • Large businesses, for corporations with 20 or more employees;
  • Small or medium enterprises, for businesses with less than 20 employees;
  • Innovation for companies which have implemented a creative and original idea to increase accessibility;
  • Organisations in the community sector which have implemented or adjusted processes and procedures to create greater accessibility; and
  • Organisations in the arts, sports and recreation sectors, which have altered their activities and programs to facilitate inclusion.

Council’s Access and Inclusion Officer, and Zero Barriers Awards judge, Jacob Steuart, said the more accessible the City becomes, the better the quality of life of residents will be.

"People with disability have the same preferences, perceptions, attitudes and habits as people without disability, so it only makes sense we all want quality of products and services," Mr Steuart said.

"Not only will an accessible business provide inclusion to people with disabilities, but they also help to raise awareness in the broader community and change attitudes for the better.

"We have local businesses that have really gone above and beyond to be inclusive."

Businesses can ensure they’re accessible by having:

  • An accessible toilet;
  • Step-free access to their store;
  • Low-height reception areas;
  • Accessible EFTPOS machines;
  • Easy-open doors;
  • A floor clear of obstacles;
  • Hearing Loops installed;
  • Subtitles on TVs or computer presentations;
  • Tactile buttons; and
  • Appropriate communication and attitudes from staff.

Mayor Khal Asfour said Council recently completed a new Inclusion and Awareness Guide and remains committed to delivering other actions in the City’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

"We can also provide an accessibility assessment and related training for businesses," he said.

"We have more than 23,000 residents who need help in their day-to-day lives, due to disability, and it’s heartwarming to see our community support them."

For more information on how Council can provide support to people with disabilities, and to businesses looking to become more accessible, visit

 10/07/2018 1:57 PM