Buggy for dis­abled

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FOUR Mile Beach will soon have an all-ter­rain wheel­chair avail­able, al­low­ing peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties to ac­cess the beach and ocean wa­ters.

Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil is the first lo­cal govern­ment in Queens­land to buy the four-wheel-drive chairs, with the first to be in­stalled at Palm Cove.

“Just as soon as the hous­ing for the chair is com­pleted at Four Mile Beach, there will be an all ter­rain chair avail­able there as well,” Di­vi­sion 10 councillor Ju­lia Leu said.

“Us­ing the four-wheel-drive chair will sim­ply be a mat­ter of ask­ing the life guards on duty for ac­cess.”

The highly spe­cialised chairs will be avail­able on a free of charge ba­sis to the pub­lic, through the life­savers on duty at the stinger nets.

The chairs are de­signed to be manned by a carer, so that the per­son with a dis­abil­ity does not en­ter the wa­ter unac­com­pa­nied.

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