Access Advisory Committee


Advisory Committees have been established to provide advice to the elected Council on matters of strategic significance, and to provide advice to City of Newcastle on implementation of relevant matters aligned to the Newcastle 2030 Community Strategic Plan.

The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee was established in 2017 and first met on 28 February 2018. The Committee assists with the implementation of our Disability Inclusion Action Plan, along with providing advice on current and relevant local matters relating to disability inclusion in Newcastle.


The objectives and responsibilities of the Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee are:

  • To enhance the delivery of Council's commitment to the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2016-2019
  • To provide strategic advice and guidance to Council and Council Officers in relation to making Newcastle a highly inclusive community
  • To engage people with disabilities, their carers and disability service providers in Local Government
  • To discuss localised concerns about barriers experienced by people with disabilities
  • To support Council in a manner that is consistent with Council values
  • To submit an annual report to the elected Council on the operation and actions of this Committee


Current membership of the Committee is as follows:

  • Cr Carol Duncan (Councillor representative)
  • Cr Andrea Rufo (Councillor representative)
  • Nathan Burford (Organisational representative-Guide Dogs NSW/ACT)
  • Joseph Popov (Organisational representative-Community Disability Alliance Hunter)
  • Tracy Walker (Organisational representative-Maroba Communities)
  • Chris Leishman (Community representative)
  • Kirsty Russell (Community representative)
  • Eliot Shaw (Community representative)
  • Margaret Wood (Community representative)

Meetings Schedule

Advisory Committees are returning to face-to-face meetings for the first time since November 2019 following a lengthy stint of online meetings due to COVID-19.

2021 Meeting Dates:

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021
  • Wednesday 16 June 2021
  • Wednesday 15 September 2021
  • Wednesday 15 December 2021

Meetings will be held from 4pm - 6pm on the above dates.

Meeting Agendas

Meeting Minutes

Committee Charter


The Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee is facilitated by City of Newcastle's Community Planning and Development team. They can be contacted on 02 4974 2000 to discuss matters related to the current Disability Inclusion Action Plan, as well as committee activities.

If you would like to provide access and inclusion related feedback about our local infrastructure or services, please email