All-Terrain Wheelchair to help more people experience the great outdoors

14 February 2014

People with a disability and those with limited mobility now have an exciting new way to experience the stunning natural landscape around Mount Beauty, and the near-by National Parks, with the introduction of an All-Terrain Wheelchair to the Alpine Shire.

The chair, donated by Parks Victoria to the Alpine Shire, was officially launched by Bill Sykes (MLA, Benalla) on Friday, 7 February.

Alpine Shire Mayor Peter Roper said the chair enabled people with a physical disability and older people with mobility problems to enjoy local tracks and trails, which they may not otherwise have been able to access.

“This is a fantastic piece of equipment that helps more people enjoy some of the most spectacular landscape in the country,” he said.

“As the only All-Terrain Wheelchair available in the region, it adds significantly to the service we provide our visitors and residents.”

Member for Benalla, Bill Sykes, welcomed the new equipment.

"The Alpine areas of north east Victoria are world class and there to be enjoyed by as many people as possible, including people with a disability or those with limited mobility.

“The All-Terrain Wheelchair will allow people to better explore our National Parks, get out in the fresh air and connect with the environment."

Council’s Alpine Ambassador volunteers at Mt Beauty have been trained to assist users in making the most of the equipment.

The All-Terrain Wheelchair is available to borrow free of charge from the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre.

For bookings contact the Mount Beauty Visitor Information Centre, Kiewa Valley Highway, Mount Beauty on (03) 5755 0596.


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