$500k for dis­abil­ity plan

One Na­tion pledges bet­ter ac­cess to Bay’s beaches

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS - Blake An­trobus blake.an­trobus@fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

BACK in Jan­uary, the first of the dis­abil­ity ac­cess mats were rolled out on Torquay beach.

Now, a new fund­ing com­mit­ment will help roll out more ac­cess across all of Her­vey Bay’s beaches.

Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion can­di­date for Her­vey Bay Damian Hux­ham an­nounced the party would com­mit $500,000 for ac­ces­si­ble en­tries to and from the fore­shore yes­ter­day, if he was elected and One Na­tion ei­ther formed govern­ment or held the bal­ance of power in Queens­land.

The plan would be a con­tin­u­a­tion of the coun­cil’s cur­rent plan with the Mobi-Mat, which is main­tained by the Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil and the re­gion’s dis­abil­ity sup­port groups.

The coun­cil voted to pur­chase the mats in May last year. Mr Hux­ham said it was about en­cour­ag­ing more ac­ces­si­bil­ity to the beach.

“With the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme rolling out, and the num­ber of peo­ple com­ing here to work with the pro­gram, it will be great for peo­ple with all-abil­i­ties to have ac­cess to the fore­shore,” Mr Hux­ham said.

“We will sit down with coun­cil to dis­cuss the best op­tion, but it will be rolled out along the en­tire fore­shore.

“The fore­shore is the jewel in the crown of Her­vey Bay, and I would like to see as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble

... take ad­van­tage.”

PHOTO: BLAKE AN­TROBUS

AC­CESS PLAN: One Na­tion's Her­vey Bay can­di­date Damian Hux­ham has pledged $500,000 for dis­abil­ity ac­cess for the Fraser Coast’s beaches if he is elected and One Na­tion forms govern­ment or holds the bal­ance of power.

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