The latest updates for Queenslanders with low or no vision

We receive regular advice from government departments, local councils and transport bodies about changes and outages that affect members of the  community who have low or no vision. This page will be updated as we receive any new information affecting those with low or no vision across the state, and to share some of the latest updates from Guide Dogs Queensland of interest to our clients.

To find out more about the services we offer or how we may be able to assist you, click here or call us today on 1800 810 122.

Colombian Independence Day 2018 – Reddacliff Place, July 21st

Colombian Independence Day 2018 will be on this Saturday the 21th of July in Reddacliff Place. 12pm – 10pm.

A performance stage along with other event infrastructure will be in place from 6am through to 12am. This will unfortunately block some of the braille trails within Reddacliff Place.We will take the necessary precautions relating to pedestrian safety during this time.

Update received from Brisbane City Council 17/07/2018

Queensland Rail planned track closure information – July

Please find following planned track closure information for end July.

From Roma Street to Corinda, Murarrie and Yeerongpilly, buses will replace trains on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July from approx. 2am Saturday until the last train Sunday.

From Murarrie to Cleveland, buses will replace trains on Tuesday 24 and Wednesday 25 July from approx. 9.30pm until the last train each night.

Update received from Queensland Rail 10/7/2018

Temporary guide dog toileting area now available in Anzac Square

A guide dog toileting area has been made temporarily available in Anzac Square.  This is an area of lawn located at the intersection of the walkway to the Central Station subway and the Adelaide St footpath. It is on the right as people walk towards Adelaide St from the subway.  For people with low vision the area is recognisable by the large palm tree in its middle.  This area of lawn will be open for approximately six weeks.  Council will alert guide dog handlers prior to closing it for scheduled construction work.

Other nearby grassed parks suitable for toileting guide dogs are King Edward Park at the corner of Edward St and Turbot St (adjacent to Jacob’s Ladder), or Emma Miller Place at the corner of Roma St and Turbot St.

Further information on the fourth stage of the Anzac Square enhancement and restoration project is available online:

https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/facilities-recreation/parks-venues/parks/parks-suburb/brisbane-city-parks/anzac-square-restoration-enhancement

Update received from Queensland Rail 27/5/2018

Project Update – Bowen Hills station entrance

Queensland Rail apologises to customers for the delay in re-opening the access from Abbotsford Road to Bowen Hills station.

Due to construction conditions, works continue on the new footpath and retaining wall that connects with the station footbridge.

We appreciate our customers frequently use this access, and we are working to have it safely opened as soon as possible.

Once complete, the new station entrance will provide footpath connections to Abbotsford Road and a steel shelter complete with a station name sign and soft landscaping.

Assistance with access

While the Abbotsford Road entrance remains closed, customers requiring assistance with access can speak with station staff, contact 13 16 17 (business hours) or text only 0428 774 636 (any time). Additionally, customers can email accessibility@qr.com.au to discuss a tailored access plan.

Update received from Queensland Rail 8/6/2018

Braille trail temporary diversion

Council will be undertaking Public Realm improvement works to the Queen Street Mall. A hoarding will be erected around the central tenancy and water feature site from the evening of 29 May 2018 .

The hoarding setup will obstruct and cover part of the braille trail at the middle intersection of Queen Street and Albert Street Mall for approximately 3 weeks. This will occur at the braille trail closet to the existing central tenancy site as you travel through Albert Street. This is the former Rankins News Agent.  Where the braille trail is obstructed, a temporary diversion will be in place for navigation around the hoarding.

Update received from Brisbane City Council 29/5/2018

Trial of New Bus Stop blade ID Braille and Tactile Numbers – Now Installed

Translink is trialling tactile numbers, Braille and QR codes on bus stop blades at selected Brisbane CBD locations as per the email below the signature block.   The intention is to identify each bus stop blade by its number in both raised format and Braille.  The QR code goes to the timetable information on the Translink website.  Feedback on the trial is welcome and can be sent to PT.Infrastructure@translink.com.au

The tactile numbers are located on the edge of the blade facing the building frontage at about 1200 mm above footpath level.  The raised number is located above the Braille.  The QR code is directly below the Braille.  The Braille is identified by the standard raised half-moon (semi-circle).

Update received from Brisbane City Council 1/11/2017

Extension of VITP Expiry date to 10 years

TransLink have changed the expiry date on the Vision Impairment Travel Pass (VITP) from 5 to 10 years.

https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/ticket-types/disability/vision-impairment-travel-pass

Update received 23 October 2017.

Security Bollards in Queen Street Mall

Bollards have been installed at all four ends of Queen Street Mall to prevent unauthorised vehicle entry. The Braille trail is clear but the bollards come within 600 mm of the edge of the trails. Warning tactile ground surface indicators have been installed to alert Braille trail users of the bollards’ location. These indicators are the temporary glue down variety that sit on the pavement rather than being embedded in it. Care should be taken with the white cane at the transition from the permanent to the temporary tactile indicators.

Update received 11 September 2017.