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Wollondilly Access Challenge a success

  • December 17, 2009
  • Bruce Bromley

POLITICIANS have taken part in the Wollondilly Access Challenge, a short trip which reveals the public transport difficulties faced by people with a disability in the shire.

Wollondilly Access Challenge for politicians

Wollondilly State Labor MP Phil Costa and Wollondilly Mayor Col Mitchell took part in the challenge which was organised by the Macarthur Wheelchair Users Network and the Wollondilly Disability Access Advisory Committee for yesterday (Monday).

The trip involved travelling from Macarthur station to Tahmoor by train and then from Tahmoor to Picton by bus so people could see the issues faced by those in a wheelchair.

Mr Costa said the access challenge was an eye-opening experience.

“It was a fabulous opportunity to witness through someone else’s eyes the issues people with a disability face,” he said.

Cr Mitchell said there were a few issues which the council would be able to deal with effectively.

“We picked up some of the problems with the disabled access but we have a strong disability access committee who know what’s going on,” he said. “Until you get really involved you don’t really know the problems people with a disability have with public transport.”

The challenge coincided with the beginning of NSW Government upgrades to Macarthur station.