RIGHT DIRECTION: Council has scrapped its original plans to put in RV parking spaces and will increase the level of disability parking instead.
RIGHT DIRECTION: Council has scrapped its original plans to put in RV parking spaces and will increase the level of disability parking instead. Chaiyabutra

Council plans scrapped to make way for disability access

RESIDENTS with disabilities will have better access to Warwick's thriving town centre with three new disability parking spaces to be installed behind the Warwick Town Hall.

With the recent opening of Coles and other centre upgrades, Endeavour Foundation support and operations manager Vanna Aspinall said the Warwick CBD was a popular destination for Endeavour customers.

But a lack of adequate disability parking spaces made access difficult.

"Being as heavily involved in community activities as we are, (the new parking spaces) would help us to increase our presence in the town's CBD,” Miss Aspinall said.

"Often we have to drop customers off and leave one of our support staff with the group while the other drives around to find a park,” she said.

"We all take for granted the fact that we can just hop up and go for a coffee if we want.

"But for someone with a disability being present in the community and going to these activates is a huge part of their life and their enjoyment.

Endeavour Foundation Support and Operations Manager Vanna Aspinall and customer Dian Griggs enjoy a day at Rose City Shopping World.
Endeavour Foundation Support and Operations Manager Vanna Aspinall and customer Dian Griggs enjoy a day at Rose City Shopping World. Marian Faa

"If parking is not available they may not be able to access some of these places.”

The disability parking spaces will be located in the position of a public toilet block that was recently demolished behind the Warwick Town Hall.

Southern Downs Regional Council originally intended to replace the toilet blocks with RV parking to give RV drivers better access to the Warwick Visitor Information Centre.

But the council resolved in a special council meeting earlier this month to install three disabled parking spaces instead.

The council report states "there have been few complaints about RV visitors not being able to access the Visitor Information Centre.”

"Therefore, given the absence of demonstrated demand for the installation of specific space for these vehicles in close proximity of the Visitor Information Centre, it is recommended that three disabled car parks be installed in the area of the former public toilets.”

Miss Aspinall welcomed the decision.

"Especially behind the town hall there seems to be a lot of council vehicles which fill the car park so that no one else can use them,” she said.



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