People with a disability have to walk an extra 20 metres to get to the pharmacy after Gin Gin Streetscape works.
People with a disability have to walk an extra 20 metres to get to the pharmacy after Gin Gin Streetscape works. Submitted

Longer walk for disabled

RESIDENTS and shopkeepers have complained about Gin Gin Streetscape planning, with railings near disabled car parks forcing people to walk an extra 20 metres to reach the pharmacy.

Pharmacist Tim Spargo said customers had complained about the longer distance, especially after it had rained last week.

“It looks good, but it’s a little inconvenient for our less mobile customers,” Mr Spargo said.

“I don’t know if it’s anything easily fixed to change it.”

Mr Spargo said the walk for someone who parked in the disabled spot was now more than 20 metres, compared to only a couple of metres to reach the front door if the railing was not there.

“Out the front of the pharmacy you want it to be easy to access,” Mr Spargo said.

However, Mr Spargo did say the works had meant his drainage issues had been resolved.

Bundaberg Regional Council roads and drainage infrastructure spokesman Wayne Honor said the council had taken great steps to make the area as user-friendly as possible.

“Prior to construction, there wasn’t any disabled access or set-down area adjacent to the pharmacy,” Cr Honor said.

Cr Honor said the new design catered for the needs of both disabled parking and disabled access.

“We have actually achieved two access paths that adhere to the Australian Standards AS1428 for Disability Access,” he said.

“The actual distance to travel from the disabled car park to the pharmacy is only 18m north or 23m south.”



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