(Community Recognition Statement, 18 November 2020, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
On behalf of the Sydney Electorate I would like to commend the Australian Museum for their focus on accessibility and inclusion through their extensive NSW Government supported renovation, Project Discover. The Australian Museum has long been a place of learning and inspiration to diverse communities and people of all identities.
Their new Accessibility and Inclusion Action Plan has further elevated the facility by shifting the focus from disability to social and physical inclusion, for visitors, staff and volunteers. An integral part of the renovation has been the Australian Museum's Access and Inclusion Advisory Panel, which includes people with lived experience of disability. Consultation with this group has ensured a focus on all community members having access to an experience not defined by diverse ability.
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Australian Museum and saw how its transformation removes barriers and promotes social equity. In addition to structural enhancements, Australian Museum will be offering visitor services such as sensory sensitive visiting times, tactile and sensory tours, audio description tours and hearing loops.
I congratulate the Australian Museum for their commitment to inclusion, consultation and accessibility, and look forward to the reopening on Saturday 28 November 2020.