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All terrain wheelchair offers unique experience for tourists and locals L

OCALS and tourists with physical and mobility issues keen to experience Hepburn Shire’s parks, reserves, tracks and trails are invited to hire the council’s TrailRider - an all-terrain access wheelchair. The TrailRider was bought a year ago with the $7000 price tag funded by the Transport Connections project and Parks Victoria. Hepburn Health Service’s rural access worker Fiona Porter said the TrailRider was suitable for low to moderate terrain with people currently asked to bring their own “Sherpas”. “(However) the TrailRider working group is looking at setting up a Sherpa volunteer bank,” she said. The TrailRider chair is free to hire, available for up to seven days, and easily disassembles to fit into the back of a station wagon or large vehicle. It can be booked through the Daylesford Regional Visitor Information Centre. At least two people are needed for the TrailRider operation and an Australian Safety Standards approved helmet must be worn while on the TrailRider. To volunteer to become a Sherpa call 5321 6567.

Karen McAloon, Robert Carman and Paul Rodgers take the TrailRider around Lake Daylesford

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The Local june 9 2014 Issue 21  

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