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WATCH: Disability advocate wants Council to ramp up access

SOMETHING as simple as going to the shops is a mammoth effort for cerebral palsy advocate Sarah Anne Burton.

Now she is calling on the Fraser Coast Regional Council to change all that.

Narrow footpaths, limited disability parking and navigating curb side ramping are daily challenges faced by hundreds of people with mobility issues across the Fraser Coast, she said.

"It would be great to have more information on wheelchair accessible areas on the Fraser Coast, (such as) a website highlighting the great parks we have, venues, restaurants and (wheelchair) accessible toilets," Sarah said in an email to the Chronicle.

"Due to the issue...there (being) problems with some pathways, perhaps there could be a wheelchair accessibility team or committee with (members who are) wheelchair users both manual and electric or (those who use) scooters."

"These people would be able to identify first hand areas of concern and work through them in priority."

CEREBRAL PALSY ADVOCATE: Sarah Anne 'Sez' Burton, aged 22, wants pathways to be smoothed and widened to help those in wheelchairs. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle
CEREBRAL PALSY ADVOCATE: Sarah Anne 'Sez' Burton, aged 22, wants pathways to be smoothed and widened to help those in wheelchairs. Photo Hannah Baker / Fraser Coast Chronicle Hannah Baker

Maryborough intersections which posed problems include the Bazaar and Ellena Sts intersection, the Ellena and Lennox St intersection and the Kent and Lennox St intersection.

Councillor George Seymour agreed with Sarah's assessment and said more should be done for those with mobility impairments in the Heritage City.

Cr Seymour, who worked as a disability support worker before his Council appointment, heads the Inclusive Communities Advisory Team responsible for lobbying stakeholders and the Council.

"The Fraser Coast has definitely got areas that need to be improved," he said.

Cr Seymour said beach access and access to picnic tables in parks was lacking.

"Often picnic tables are behind 30 metres of lawn," he said.

Cr Seymour wants those with ideas on how to improve mobility access, to email him on George.Seymour@frasercoast.qld.gov.au.

 

Topics:  cerebral palsy disabilities maryborough


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