Ros ramps up ac­cess for all

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Tim Mayne

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.

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