Several issues relating to accessibility in Coonabarabran’s CBD were identified during the Amazing Race, held on Thursday, 8 December.
Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the Amazing Race was staged as part of International Day of People with a Disability, which aims to raise awareness of accessibility and inclusion.
The event involved members from the community navigating a familiar course while either blindfolded, in a wheelchair or using a walking frame.
The participants were assisted by clients from Break Thru, and were asked to make notes on access issues that emerged during their journey.
Two main points were raised:
• the slope of the footpath in John Street was steep;
• the disabled toilets in Little Timor Street carpark were not accessible by people in a wheelchair.
Organisers will present their findings to Warrumbungle Shire Council.
It is hoped the Amazing Race will become an annual event and will continue to address the importance of suitable public access for all members of the community.
Brenda Baker and Allison Row help escort a blindfolded Inspector David Maher, from Coonabarabran Police Station, during the Amazing Race.