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Getting to shops is vital in our lives

DISREGARDED: Craig Lucas wants businesses to know the effects no wheel-chair access at store entrances can have on the lives of the disabled and elderly.
DISREGARDED: Craig Lucas wants businesses to know the effects no wheel-chair access at store entrances can have on the lives of the disabled and elderly. Jordan Philp

A SHOP entrance with a three-inch step might not seem like much, but it can make a world of difference.

South Burnett businesses lacking in wheelchair access are excluding significant groups within the community, according to one Kingaroy man.

And Craig Lucas knows the struggles all too well.

From the age of 10, the 40-year-old man has been in a wheelchair.

In the last 30 years he said society had modernised and accommodated those who were disabled, but there was still a lot of work to be done.

"There are a lot of disabled and elderly in the region and when we can't access stores it not only affects our lives, but it also means they're losing business," he said.

"So something needs to be done."

Mr Lucas said there were multiple shops in Kingaroy with entrances that didn't invite community members including mothers with prams, the elderly and the disabled.

He said he understood there was a lengthy process, red tape and costs involved, but some local businesses needed to work faster towards getting ramps installed.

"Most people are oblivious to the struggles disabled people go through," he said.

"A lot of people wouldn't think about it, but the entrance to a store can have a huge impact on people who cannot get in.

"The difference that a ramp can make is huge for a lot of people around here."

 

Do you think more businesses in the South Burnett should have wheelchair access? Let us know at editorial @southburnetttimes.com.au.

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