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Access and Inclusion

Access all Areas Film Festival

Access All Areas Film Festival is a program of quality short films that reflect the lived experience of people with disability.

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Main Program

Screening Lane Cove Plaza, Friday 1 December, 2:00pm

This curation of quality Australian and international short films reflecting the lived experience of people with disability runs for an hour. The program is suitable for a general audience but parents bringing younger children might find it beneficial to provide them with an activity of their own.

Paniek! directed by Joost Lieuwma and Daan Velsink. Paniek! is an animation from Holland. This hilarious comedy focuses on a woman with anxiety who decides to go to the beach for the day. Along the way we share her imagined catastrophes and cheer her on.


Mala's Cello directed by Kelly Stoner.  Mala's Cello is an Australian documentary about a young girl with disability. Her parents describe their journey and we see Mala's journey through family video footage. The father of a friend of Mala's family, a retired woodwork teacher, finds his own journey intersects with Mala's when he decides to make her a cello.

Hitch directed by Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker.  Hitch is an Australian drama about a young boy who runs away from home. During his journey we experience the world from his perspective and share his fear and confusion.

The Ghost in the Machine directed by Sophie Hexter and Poppy Walker.  The Ghost in the Machine is an Australian documentary about the artist Jeremy Hawkes who shares the relationship between his creative process and his disability.

The Guy Came on Horseback directed by Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi.  The Guy Came on Horseback is an Iranian drama about a young man who forms a relationship with the young woman living next door. Things take a dramatic turn when the young woman's father discovers the relationship.

What Suffered Inside Me directed by Jennifer Hardy.  What Suffered Inside Me is a haunting animation from a young Canadian filmmaker. With exquisite drawings she gives us insight into invisible disability.

Well Done directed by Riccardo Di Gerlando.  Well Done is an Italian drama about an artist who is underestimated. His resourcefulness in finding ways to circumvent the barriers in his way makes for hilarious and triumphant moments.

Juniors Program - Screening - Lane Cove Plaza, Friday 1 December, 5:00pm

The Junior program is an hour of films made by children 12 years of age and younger from Australia and around the world. The 10 films in this program are all exceptional and two of the films reflect the lived experience of children with disability. This program is aimed at children aged from 5 to 12 years but young people and adults will also enjoy it.

Mammothstoric (England). This is a documentary about mammoths. It was made by a boy in England named Toby who is very passionate about mammoths and knows a lot about them. In the film there is a mammoth toy named Magnus who tells us about mammoths, a plastic mammoth skeleton, snow and a book about mammoths. You'll love mammoths just as much as Toby by the end of this film!


Forest Spirit (Australia).  Set to some wonderful music this motion stop animation shares the joy a small bird feels when a tree begins to grow and flower.

Journey (Australia).  Made by a group of Indigenous children, this films shows us how sad a girl is because she doesn't know where she comes from. Her friends become investigators to try to help her find her mob.

I Scream (Australia).  This isn't a scary film but something does happen in it that is everyone's worst nightmare! After a long walk to get to the shop a boy buys an ice-cream. He unwraps it and gets ready for the first lick...then tragedy strikes.

Bishal's Story (Australia).  Bishal uses a wheelchair and takes us for a ride through his day as he plays basketball, chess and hangs out with his friends. We find out what's hard, what's frustrating and what's fun. The best part is getting to know Bishal who has a wicked sense of humour.

Sign Wars (Australia).  A new student joins a primary school class. He speaks a different language and finds it impossible to makes friends or understand what is happening around him. Things get better when two girls offer to be his friends. This film is in Auslan with English subtitles.

Viral (Spain).  A boy's older brother puts footage of him as a baby up on the internet. It goes viral and the boy realises he is becoming the victim of cyber bullying.

Imagine (Australia). A girl illustrates a song she wrote by drawing what she is singing about. Her song is about feeling isolated in a room at the bottom of the ocean. She is freed from the room by her imagination.

The Pen (Australia).  A boy discovers that he can draw three dimensional objects with his pen.

The Dangerous Dictionary (England).  Who knew looking up words in a dictionary could be so much fun? In this film there is a dictionary that makes whatever you look up happen. What would you look up if you had this dictionary? You'd have to be careful.

Flake White (Belgium). This animation is  quite a lot like Snow White, except Flake White is a boy not a girl. He has to hide from his evil step father so he goes into the forest. Is the shaving cream he is given poisoned? Will he get rescued? Who is the girl who turns up at the end riding a horse? We can't wait to find out!

Blackbird (Australia). This lovely stop motion animation uses cutout paper shapes and found objects to tell the story of a blackbird hatching from an egg and facing the challenges of growing up.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

This Consultation for the Disability Inclusion Action Plan has closed and the Action Plan is currenty being prepared.  It will be posted on this page when the document has been finanlised.

Missed Business.jpgMissed Business - A Guide for Small Business


This small booklet provides some practical information about how to attract more customers by providing better access to your business for your customers.
The Access Committee

​The aim of the Lane Cove Council’s Access Committee is to assist Council increase and promote general awareness of access, mobility and safety issues in the community and more specifically for people with disabilities.


A Lane Cove Access Committee operated from 1985 to March 2001. It became an incorporated association in 1993. The Committee was a community based Committee and the membership fluctuated over time but had representation from professional fields such as physiotherapists or occupational therapists from the Independent Living Centre, representatives from Greenwich Hospital, Council officers and interested local community members. Unfortunately, it disbanded in 2001 due to falling committee representation and lack of community support to fill vacancies as they arose.

The Committee was instrumental in bringing to the fore access and mobility issues. This included an audit of shopping centres in the L.G.A, and publication of a mobility and access map. The committee informed Council on standards and adherence to the Disability Discrimination Act (Cwlth) 1992 [DDA] and the Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) 1977 [ADA]. Issues covered included kerbs, ramps and footpath access. It also assisted Council in developing an Access and Mobility Development Control Plan (DCP).

Current Committee
  • An Access Committee was re-established by Council in 2004. The Committee's charter is to:

    • Advise on access and mobility which strengthens Council’s planning instruments, e.g. Plans of Management, Adaptable Housing, the Access and Mobility Development Control Plan and the LEP.

    • Have the opportunity for input into strategic policies to incorporate access initiatives through consultation with older people, those with disabilities, service providers and stakeholders.

    • Assist in increasing awareness and responsiveness of staff, the public and Councillors in access and mobility issues which meet the needs of the Lane Cove community – e.g. by providing knowledge and resources towards developing and improving accessible toilets, accessible transport, accessible public spaces, etc.

    Lane Cove Council’s Access Committee meetings are held bi-monthly on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10am to noon on Level 2 Civic Centre.

    The Access Committee is chaired by a Councillor with service organisation representation as well as relevant professional expertise and interested community representatives. Council representation includes the Community Development Officer Aged & Disability Services, the Road Safety Officer from Urban Services and the Manager of Planning from Environmental Services.

    If there is an access issue you would like to raise with the Committee, please email or contact the Community Development Officer – Aged & Disability Services on (02) 9911 3593.

    Access and Safety Notification Forms                                       
    The Access and Safety Notification form can be used to notify Council of any problems or concerns that relate to access and safety.
    Examples of these may include: 
    • The state of footpaths - broken, uneven, missing

    • Miss​ing Pram/ kerb ramps

    • Lack of adequate lighting

    • Problems with Accessible Parking locations

    • Unsafe or broken play equipment

    • Building works obstructing footpaths

    • Access to public facilities

    If you see anything that you think is dangerous or is a cause for concern because if impedes access or is unsafe please fill in a form and return it to Council.

    Upon receipt of submitted forms, they will be forwarded to the appropriate Council department for investigation and if recommended, action.

    Access Maps

    ​Lane Cove Plaza is the heart of Lane Cove, which is renowned for its vibrant village atmosphere. Lane Cove Council is committed to ensuring that the village is an inclusive environment which is accessible, so that everyone can enjoy its services, features and can participate in community life.

    In conjunction with the Lane Cove Access Committee, Lane Cove ALIVE, and the Chamber of Commerce, Council prepared the Lane Cove Village Access and Services map to ensure the community and visitors have the best possible access to the village.

    This map is updated quarterly and provides information that will assist you in pre-planning your trip to take the easiest path of travel. It includes information such as:

    • accessible parking spaces;
    • public and accessible toilets;
    • locations of public seating;
    • baby change tables;
    • kerb ramps;
    • and local businesses.

     ​A footpath map for the greater Lane Cove area has also been developed. It outlines all footpaths as well as indicates where there are kerb ramps available.

    Accessible Toilets 
    Accessible Public Toilets are available at:

    Rosenthal Car Park
    (Male and female toilets, both wheelchair accessible)
    Access from Birdwood Lane
    Open 7 days from 6.30am to 11pm

    Lane Cove Community Centre
    (Unisex wheelchair accessible toilet)
    166 Longueville Road, Lane Cove (flat entry from footpath)
    Open Monday - Friday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

    Lane Cove Council Foyer
    (Unisex wheelchair accessible toilet)
    48 Longueville Road, Lane Cove
    Open Monday - Friday 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

    Lane Cove Market Square
    (Unisex wheelchair accessible toilet)
    Off Lane Cove Plaza, Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove

    Lane Cove Library
    Library Walk, Lane Cove
    (Unisex wheelchair accessible toilet)

    Mon, Tues, Thurs 10:00am - 9:00pm
    Wed, Friday  10:00am - 5:30pm
    Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
    Sunday 10:00am- 2:00pm

    Accessible Toilets in Parks
    Tambourine Bay Park is bounded by southern end of Tambourine Bay Road and Kalloroo Road, Riverview. This is a foreshore park on the edge of Tambourine Bay with a gentle sloping grassed area. It is the start of Tambourine Creek Bushwalks. There is a short accessible walk.

    The park has a tidal pool (no charge) and has Children' s play equipment. BBQ facilities, (small quantity of wood provided) and Picnic tables & benches available. Toilets with disabled access are available.

    Parking is available in Tambourine Bay Road and further street parking in Kallaroo Road. Tambourine Bay is the base for 1st Tambourine Bay Sea Scouts .

    Burns Bay Reserve is entered via Kooyong Road, off Riverview Street, Lane Cove. Burns Bay reserve is a spacious, flat, grassed waterfront park. Toilets are available and are wheelchair accessible. There is boat ramp (low tide inaccessible), children's play equipment and BBQ facilities (take own wood). Some picnic tables & seats are available. There is parking for 30 cars. There is a large open grassed area, suitable for playing ball sports, and a tennis practice wall. Soccer is played at Burns Bay during winter.

    National Toilet Map

    The National Toilet Map is available for all areas in Australia.


    There are a number of parking spaces allocated to accessible parking. Here are the maps showing the designated spaces available.

    It is important to note that only those with a valid mobility parking permit issued by the Roads and Maritime Services can be used in these spaces. There are very strict criteria applied to the use of these permits. You are only eligible to use the permit when the permit holder is present in the car. For example, shopping for the permit holder without them present does not permit you to park in an accessible space.

    People parking illegally will be subject to hefty fines. Council Rangers police the spaces on a regular basis - should you notice these spaces being used illegally you may wish to contact Council on 9911 3555.

    Seniors Parking

    Council provides a number of car spaces in the Lane Cove CBD which have designated specifically for Seniors Parking. To use these spaces you must apply to Council for a Permit.


    Seniors Parking Permit

    Council has provided a number of designated 'Seniors' parking spaces in Council's car parks. To use these spaces, you must be a Lane Cove resident, at least 67 years of age and hold a current drivers licence.

    To receive a Seniors Parking Permit complete a Seniors Parking Permit Application Form and bring your Drivers Licence and Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council for sighting by our Customer Service Staff OR send your completed Seniors Parking Permit Application form together with a photocopy of your Drivers Licence and a photocopy of a recent Rate Notice or Tenancy Agreement to Council.

    Upon receipt of the Application Form and sighting of these two documents we will issue your Seniors Parking Permit to the address stated on the application form.

    There is no charge for this permit.

    The permits are valid ONLY in marked “Seniors Parking Permit” car spaces within Lane Cove Council car parks. These permits are not valid for parking in “Disabled” car spaces.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is the holder of a RMS Mobility Parking Authority entitled to park in a Seniors’ Parking Space ?

    No. Council requires that you obtain a Lane Cove Council Seniors Parking Permit in addition to the RMS Mobility Parking Authority.

    Where is it best to display the Seniors’ Parking Permit?

    Please display your Seniors’ Parking Permit on the passenger side of the windscreen each and every time you park in a Seniors Parking Space. Fines apply when permit not displayed.

    How long is the permit valid ?

    Your permit is valid for a 2 year period of time.

    How can a permit be cancelled?

    Council reserves the right to revoke a Seniors Parking Permit in the event of a breach of Conditions of Use. All Seniors Parking Permits remain the property of Lane Cove Council at all times.