Ros ramps up access for all
SOUTH PERTH MOST of us enjoy the luxury of going out whenever we feel like it, but for 53-year-old Ros Harman a trip to the shops requires careful planning.
The South Perth resident has been in a wheelchair for the past 10 years.
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 26.
Ros’ condition made a trip to her local post office impossible after finding there was no ramp at the entrance.
She recently won a nine-year battle to have a ramp installed at the South Perth post office in Angelo Street, enabling her to do what most of us take for granted.
“I moved to South Perth in 2006 and discovered the post office was not wheelchair accessible and I use an electric wheelchair to get around,” Ros said.
“I contacted the post office and there was a lot of buck-passing and was finally told it was not the responsibility of the post office, but it was the responsibility of the building’s owner,” she said.
Ros joined the City of South Perth’s Inclusive Communities Advisory Group (ICAG) and discovered other people had raised the issue in the past.
“We wrote to the post office directly but there was little response,” she said.
“After meeting with the group, we thought we should write a letter to the Gazette.
“There was still little contact from the post office but then it happened; we were pleased to see a wheelchair ramp installed.”
Ros said she was not just fight- ing for wheelchair users but for others with mobility issues, such as the elderly and parents with prams.
“It is not just a matter of posting a letter in a letterbox, I do a lot of online shopping due to my condition and if parcels are to be collect- ed, one of my kind neighbours would have to do it for me,” she said.
“A post office is an essential service and to exclude people in wheelchairs is just not acceptable.
“I am very grateful that I am able to get into the post office and get on with my life now,” she said.
The South Perth Inclusive Community Action Group meets on the third Wednesday bi-monthly from noon-2pm at the South Perth Civic Centre.
Ros Harman is finally able to access her local post office in a wheelchair after a nine-year battle asking for a ramp to be provided, making life easier for people like herself, the elderly and parents with prams.