Martin Stewart

National Advocacy Officer, Blind Citizens Australia

Martin Stewart from activist to National Advocate for Blind Citizens Australia. Awarded 2019 Blind Australian of the Year and the David Blythe award in recognition of his forthright and tenacious advocacy over thirty years, in the areas of Disability Rights, Industrial Relations, Public Transport and Technology Access; and his tireless support for other advocates who are blind or vision impaired.

Martin recently successfully campaigned for gangway gap barriers to be added into Melbourne’s new high-capacity trains. These barriers will prevent further occurrences of the accident that changed his life on February 4th 2002. Despite losing his right arm and leg when falling between train carriages, he continues to work for the progression of all in his community.

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AusRAIL Custom Stand Venue guidelines

All temporary structures will be professionally designed, structurally sound and will contain reasonable provision for:

  • Safety of persons to be accommodated in the event of fire including means of egress
  • Prevention of fire
  • Suppression of fire
  • Patrons must give consideration for wheelchair access to the Stand (NCC – Section D3.3) The reduction of the existing level of fire protection is not permissible.

Designers and builders have an obligation to design and construct to these principles and any relevant standards or legislation while meeting the special needs of their client. Parts of these principles include:

  • Stands over 18m2 where roofing is fitted must have a “Smoke Detection Device” and have a fire extinguisher installed. The recommended material for the roofing is “shark tooth” type material that allows water penetration from sprinklers and fire cannon.
  • Audience chairs within a temporary structure must be secured in groups of not less than 4 and not more than 16. Maximum seats in each row must not exceed 8 where there is an aisle at one end only or 16 where there are aisles on both sides of the row. (NCC NSW H101.11.1).