GATTON people in wheelchairs will get a new sense of independence and freedom after local service Anuha secured $9655 in Commonwealth funding towards a wheelchair lift for its community transport bus.
The lift – which Anuha will also pitch in for – will allow people in wheelchairs to board the community transport bus alongside other people with disabilities, rather than having to go in a separate car with a support worker.
It is expected to create a greater sense of belonging for many people and make travel more convenient for people in wheelchairs.
Anuha client Craig Coulter, who is in a wheelchair, said he looked forward to getting on the bus with his friends.
“This will help me go on outings and to work and make it possible for me to be with my friends in the same vehicle,” he said.
“It means I’ll have the chance to go out more easily with my friends and do things like go to dinner with people.”
Anuha lifestyle coordinator Kelly Pickering said the wheelchair lift would create better travel options for the wider community as well as Anuha clients.
Federal Member for Wright Scott Buchholz congratulated the Anuha on its success.
“Being able to catch the bus with our family and friends is something many of us can take for granted but for Craig and many people in his position it is not always simple,” he said.
“The sense of freedom and independence this will bring to many locals is priceless and I’m proud to be part of a government which supports the initiatives of community-minded groups like Anuha.”
Round two of the Stronger Communities program is currently open to applications and closes April 29, 2016.
For more information visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/scp
Applications must be made at www.gms.infrastructure.gov.au
For help with the application process phone the Wright electorate office on 5541 0150.