Wheelchair users need more options

HEATHER Sugget wants more to be done for motorised wheelchair users.

The Scooters and Mobility Fraser Coast shop co-owner said there needed to be more footpaths to cope with the growing number of users.

"The population is ageing and I just want the (Fraser Coast Regional Council) to take that into consideration," she said.

"They need to concentrate locally on footpaths and not only for mobility scooter users, but also for pedestrians."

Since 2011, the number of motorised wheelchair registrations on the Fraser Coast has risen by 500, which is about 40%.

A report from the Department of Main Roads and Transport said there were now about 1,622 registered users in the region.

Councillor George Seymour, who heads the Inclusive Communities Advisory Team, said requests for more footpaths had been received.

"Good cities weren't planned around cars but around pedestrians, (but) it takes all levels of government to be aware."

Cr Seymour said the advisory team was committed to better parks and beach access for those with mobility issues.

The team's new members began meeting bi-monthly earlier this year.

To submit feedback, visit http://www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/inclusive-community-advisory-team.

NUMBER OF SCOOTER OWNERS

  • Burrum Heads, 35
  • Eli Waters, 35
  • Granville, 28
  • Howard, 44
  • Kawungan, 70
  • Maryborough, 250
  • Pialba, 166
  • Point Vernon, 71
  • Scarness, 103
  • Torquay, 165
  • Urangan, 285
  • Urraween, 194


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