One of the two new specially equipped buses for Hervey Bay Boat Club - Ed Gibson (mgr) with Katrina Hughes and bus co-ordinator Steve Linfoot.
One of the two new specially equipped buses for Hervey Bay Boat Club - Ed Gibson (mgr) with Katrina Hughes and bus co-ordinator Steve Linfoot. Alistair Brightman

Wheelchair-friendly buses for club

TORQUAY resident Katrina Hughes has been a regular patron of the Hervey Bay Boat Club for years, but getting to the club has always been a difficult and costly exercise.

Confined to a wheelchair she has had to order a special taxi and that sometimes has also meant a long wait.

Now thanks to a $330,000 investment by the Boat Club she can simply ring the club and be picked up by one of two new courtesy buses.

Unlike the previous club buses these now provide access for passengers in wheelchairs and the drivers have been given special training to co-ordinate the loading and offloading.

Boat Club general manager, Ed Gibson, said the club was doing everything it could to assist all those in the district who required special travel arrangements.

“These buses have followed on from a total assessment of wheelchair access inside the club,” he said.

“It has been a big investment, but one that we needed to make.”

Local group Australia for All Alliance has been working with the club to help make it more wheelchair friendly.

A spokesperson for the group said they were delighted with the introduction of the new buses and congratulated the club on its investment.



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