- Wednesday 19 October 2011
A new pathway in Wurtulla provides stairway to freedom and independence.
For local Wurtulla residents Errol and Dot Crane, the new disabled pathway in Wurtulla – providing access to Kathleen McArthur Park and the coastal pathway from Lyrebird Place – is much more than just a 1.5 metre wide stretch of concrete.
Mrs Crane said the pathway at Lyrebird Place was absolutely essential for their wellbeing.
"My husband and I are now able to use the pathway with Errol’s wheelchair and go to our lake on the coastal footpath to watch the sunrise," she said.
"It is so necessary and important to us both to enjoy this independence as we battle Errol’s illness."
The project included remodelling the existing grassed walkway between No 1 and No 2 Lyrebird Place with a new, smooth concrete pathway, designed to allow easy access for wheelchairs.
The pathway provides access to the south west to Crummunda Park and the viewing platform and to the north east, to view over the Currimundi Lake Conservation Park.
Mr Crane said they were very grateful for the pathway.
"Previously we weren’t able to get onto the path at all because of the angle the path connected with the gutter. Now it is so simple to just go straight onto the track out of our gateway," he said.
"It is not just a bit of convenience. For us, it has made a genuine positive change to our lives and for this we are sincerely thankful."?
Mrs Crane said the new pathway would also enable her to witness turtle season at the beach.
"I will be able to ride all the way to Wurtulla beach early to check for turtle tracks from the end of November," she said.
"Watch out for this large older lady on her bike with baskets of mesh etc for turtle protection. Go senior ladies!"
Division 3 Councillor Keryn Jones said the new pathway fulfilled a number of community needs.
"Council is committed to increasing the bikeway and pathway networks across the region," she said.
"The new Wurtulla equal access pathway provides accessibility for residents of all abilities to enjoy their local areas including people in wheelchairs, mothers with prams, and people who use scooters or other walking aids.
"The newly constructed Lyrebird Place access pathway was championed by Errol and Dot Crane to provide recreation opportunities for disabled members of the community to enjoy our beautiful environment.
"I am delighted that?council was able to deliver a suitable solution to address the identified needs."
Other disability access works in Division 3 include the disability compliant upgrades of four access ramps in Coonowrin St / Buderim St in Battery Hill providing access to Currimundi Special School and Currimundi Primary School and two in Currimundi Road accessing the Currimundi Active Recreation Centre.
All pathways (more commonly known as footpaths) in Queensland are legally shared zones for cyclists and pedestrians, including skaters, scooters and rip-sticks, unless signed otherwise.
For further information about sharing pathways, visit the Share with Care campaign on council’s website