Welcome to the Better Access Map blog!

Hello & Welcome to our first blog post! We have been around for a little while now so we thought it was time for us to tell you a bit about how the Better Access Map began.

11-Apr-2020
Vinnies staff and supporters standing in front of a Better Access Map banner in Gosford

Hello & Welcome to our first blog post!

We have been around for a little while now so we thought it was time for us to tell you a bit about how the Better Access Map began.

The Better Access Map was originally set up in 2017 by a group of passionate linkers from St Vincent De Paul Society NSW, Ability Links program.

Linkers work with people with a disability, their family and friends to support them to fulfil their goals, hopes and dreams.

People often told linkers that they were frustrated by the lack of reliable accessibility information available. This feedback motivated linkers to start working on developing the Better Access Map.

Starting small, linkers worked with Surf Life Saving NSW staff to develop an accessibility map of the Newcastle Beach precinct.

The map was well received by the community, but one message was clear – people wanted more!

In October 2019, after extensive consultation with people with a disability, we launched our app and website on the Central Coast of NSW.

Since then we have added more than 1000 venues and cover a geographic area stretching from the southern tip of the Central Coast all the way to the CBD of Newcastle.

But that’s not where our story ends, we are working hard in the background to add even more venues to the Better Access Map and to cover an even larger area.

We know that having reliable accessibility information makes a huge difference to people’s lives and we want to reach more people.

Please help us spread the word about the Better Access Map by letting others know how they can Take the Guesswork out of Going Out!


Keiko Clements

Project Officer Better Access Map