Footpath funding lift boosts accessibility on Fraser Coast
THE hundreds and thousands of dollars allocated to improve footpaths on the Fraser Coast will make the life of Kenneth Sengstock and his mate Russell Dreger much easier.
Mr Sengstock is a support worker for Fraser Coast Family Network and for many years has looked after Mr Dreger, who has been in a wheelchair for about 30 years.
Almost every day the pair walk from their Tinana home to parks, shops and even into Maryborough.
"We've got a pretty good idea on footpaths," Mr Sengstock said.
Tuesday's news about a funding increase to footpaths was welcome news for Mr Sengstock, who often finds himself restricted on where to take Mr Dreger for the walk.
"It's absolutely fantastic news - it's a bit hard to push a wheelchair on grass," he said.
"Sometimes we're limited on where we can go due to a lack of footpaths - the more footpaths around the more we can do.
Mr Sengstock hoped the allocated funds would also go towards improving the deep culverts at traffic lights. "I need to take them at an angle very slowly and lift the back of the chair up or I have to physically spin the wheelchair around and back Russell on to the road," he said.
"I get fairly annoyed when I see things that should be easier for a person with a disability."
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