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Further boost for Sydney’s accessibility

By Louise Morrin

There are many reasons why Sydney is considered one of the world's greatest cities, and one of them is how accessible it is to people of all ages and abilities. This has recently been enhanced even further, as a series of braille and raised letter signs have been installed throughout the state capital.

The City of Sydney consulted with Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and Vision Australia to find out what the most effective course of action would be. As a result, more than 2,100 signs are now in place to enable the vision impaired to navigate their way through the city.

Each of the aluminium panels features street names and building numbers. These are written in braille and large raised lettering and are placed next to push buttons on pedestrian crossings.

"As someone who is blind, being able to easily identify my location in an unfamiliar environment gives me increased confidence to travel independently," said Vision Australia's General Manager of Client Services in NSW Michael Simpson.

"With clear and consistent information, I am very hopeful that these wayfinding signs will help to improve access for thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to our beautiful city."

Once the network of signs has been completed, it will be the most comprehensive that Australia has to offer. It is hoped that more residents and visitors will feel confident in getting out and about in the city.

This follows the City of Sydney's announcement that several plans are being made to ensure the future success of the NSW capital. Almost $2billion is set to be invested over the next ten years to provide infrastructure and facilities that will cement Sydney's position as a truly global city.

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