Regional access & disability advisory committee (RADAC)

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The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee provides the community with a clear avenue into Council on access and disability issues and provides Council with guidance and assistance on the functions and responsibilities listed below.

Committee functions

The Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee has been created in order to:

The committee have been involved in a number of projects, one of the biggest being the Access and Equity Plan 2016 – 2021. Further to this, they have had input in a number of infrastructure development including, Clewley Park toilet blocks, Queens Park toilet blocks, Grand Central re-development. The committee were also involved in developing the Toowoomba CBD accessibility map. 

Committee goals for 2017

The committee aims to update the Toowoomba CBD accessibility map, form relationships with other community events/groups and look for suitable transport opportunities outside normal hours (evenings and weekends).

Meeting times

Regional Access and Disability Advisory Committee meetings occur monthly on the first Monday of each month (excluding public holidays) at 10.30am – 12.30pm. 

How to contact the Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee

If you would like to contact the Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee please send us an email. This email will be received by the Community Development department who will ensure it is forwarded to the relevant committee member.

Membership regulations

Committee members are from all different walks of life. A number of members have a disability or have a close family member with a disability, others work within the disability sector. All members are unique and play a vital role in the RADAC. Further information about membership is available in the blue Terms of reference slider.

Current committee members

Expectations of members

Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee members and Toowoomba Regional Council operate within the guidelines outlined in the Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee Member expectations document.

Council will ensure via the community development and facilities branch that:

Terms of reference

The following terms of reference have been established, outlining the responsibilities of the Committee.

Background / scope

The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee is constituted under Section 61 of the Local Government (Operations) Regulations 2010, which empowers the Toowoomba Regional Council to appoint advisory committees.

Tenure of committee and membership

The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee shall be established for the period of the current council’s tenure, unless disbanded earlier by council resolution.

Membership

The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee will consist of up to 13 members, which will include a Councillor, appointed by the Committee of Council.  Where the Councillor cannot attend a meeting of the Advisory Committee, another person delegated by the Councillor may act as a member of the Advisory Committee for that meeting.

All members of the Advisory Committee may vote on business before the Committee, except where the member has a conflict of interest.

If any member of the Advisory Committee is absent from three consecutive meetings without having obtained leave of absence from the Committee, the member’s continued membership on the Advisory Committee will be referred to the Chief Executive Officer for determination.

The Advisory Committee has the authority to establish special interest sub-groups and working groups as required to address specific matters identified by the Advisory Committee. These sub-groups (established under the same terms and conditions as Advisory Committee member) are to report back to the Advisory Committee.

The Terms of Reference and operation of the Advisory Committee will be reviewed on an annual basis with the aim of ensuring its ongoing relevance and sustainability.

Chairperson

The Chairperson shall be elected by the Advisory Committee to serve for a 1 year term.

Acting Chairperson

If the Chairperson is absent or unavailable to preside, a member of the Advisory Committee chosen by the members present at the Advisory Committee meeting will preside.

Quorum

The Quorum of any Advisory Committee meeting will be a minimum of 51% of the membership.

Times and Places for Meetings

The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee (at its first meeting) will determine the dates, times and places for its meetings.  Council will be responsible for providing a suitable venue.

Meeting procedures

Unless otherwise provided in these Terms of Reference, the Advisory Committee will generally adopt informal meeting procedures.  Where more formal procedures are required, the procedures described in Council’s Standing Orders shall apply.

Voting

Each member of the Advisory Committee has a vote on each question to be decided.Voting at a meeting must be open and questions decided by a majority of the votes of the members present, however, if the votes are equal, the member presiding has a casting vote. If a member present fails to vote, the member is taken to have voted in the negative.

Conflict of interest

Where Advisory Committee members have a conflict of interest, or could reasonably be taken to have a conflict of interest, in an issue being considered or to be considered at a meeting, the member must declare the conflict of interest to the meeting and must not be present while the matter, or a related matter, is being considered by the Advisory Committee or otherwise take part in any decision of the Advisory Committee in relation to the matter or a related resolution.

For the purposes of this clause, a member has a conflict of interest in an issue if there is a conflict between the member’s private interest and the public interest.

Open to the public

Meetings are to be open to the public, except where confidential matters are discussed.

When the Advisory Committee proposes to close a meeting to the public, the Chair will direct all persons, other than members of the Advisory Committee, to leave the meeting and every person will immediately comply with the direction.

Non-members may, with the permission of the Chairperson, address the Advisory Committee on any item of business listed on the agenda, however, a non-member will not vote on any matter at an Advisory Committee meeting.

Confidential matters

Should matters of a confidential nature be discussed at a meeting, the meeting may be closed to the public in accordance with Section 72 of the Local Government (Operations) Regulations 2010.

A person who is or has been a member of an Advisory Committee must not make improper use of information acquired as a member.

  1. to gain, directly or indirectly, a financial advantage for the person or someone else;
  2. to harm the local government; or
  3. release information that the person knows, or should reasonably know, is information that is confidential.

Reporting

The Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee will submit a report (Minutes listing actions, responsibilities, timeframes and outcomes) on each of its meetings to the Chairperson of the Environment and Community Committee, who will list any recommendations for council’s consideration on an agenda of a meeting of a Council Committee.

Remuneration

The Council will not generally authorise payment or provide remuneration to members of Advisory Committees, however where special circumstances exist, Council may resolve to pay remuneration, reimburse expenses and/or provide facilities to members of an Advisory Committee.

Insurance

The Council will ensure that all members of the Regional Access & Disability Advisory Committee and/or sub-committee members as established from time-to-time, are covered by appropriate insurances (e.g. voluntary workers, public indemnity).

Relevant legislation

Council’s role and obligations are directed by the following laws and regulations:

Last Updated: Thursday, 15 November 2018 08:37