Businesses should improve access

SMALL businesses on the Fraser Coast are the first in Queensland to receive a booklet from local government on how to attract more customers by providing better access.

Yesterday, on International Day of People With a Disability, Missed Business: Attract Customers by Improving Access was launched by Fraser Coast councillor Julie Arthur at the Maryborough Town Hall green.

Easy access to a business could be a major deciding factor for residents and visitors deciding where to shop, eat out or take their families, said Ms Arthur, chair of the Fraser Coast Inclusive Community Advisory Team.

“This booklet was made to encourage businesses to look at simple, effective measures to make their business more accessible,” she said. “It’s a first for local government in Queensland.”

Ms Arthur said the booklet was not only aimed at encouraging better access for disabled people but parents with prams and carers who support people with a disability.

“A period of disability, whether permanent or temporary, is a normal part of life.

“The Fraser Coast Regional Council is strongly committed to leading a whole of community approach to ensuring everyone in our community is able to enjoy the many social, cultural and business benefits the region has to offer.”

The booklet will be offered free to small businesses on the Fraser Coast.



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