Call for better disability access for mobility scooters
THE concern of a local resident has drawn attention to the need for greater disability access in certain areas of Ipswich.
Davina Daylight, of West Ipswich, said she was often forced to drive her mobility scooter on the road due to poor connectivity between Clay St, Brisbane St and the CBD.
"Now I'm older I can't walk long distances anymore. With my scooter I don't have to rely on other people to take me around, it gives me independence," she said.
"But no matter where you drive from Clay St to Brisbane St or Roderick St you have to risk using the road. Either the footpaths aren't there or they are hell to try and get to, the gutters are way too steep.
"Getting to the Top of Town from Clay St is the worst. Scooters are everywhere and there are a lot of people who use them here."
Councillor Andrew Antoniolli said an inter-departmental team had been established in January to improve existing infrastructure to cater for people with disabilities.
"I once sat in a wheelchair at the request of a person with a disability to see what travelling around Ipswich was like," Cr Antoniolli said.
"What looks like an easy crossing can be harrowing and dangerous.
"All new building work is up to standard, our goal is to improve all of our existing crossing points. We allocate funds for that purpose each year."
Cr Antoniolli said for improvements to be made, people needed to alert council to problem, high-use areas.
"If anybody is aware of a potentially hazardous crossing point, we want to know," he said.
"We are happy to consult with Davina and Ipswich West Special School, which is also in that area, to see what they need."
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