Disability Services Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk and State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt today visited a popular Far North Queensland rainforest tourist attraction awarded for its disability access.
Representatives from the Innisfail District Disability Awareness Group joined the pair on their visit to the Mamu Rainforest Canopy Walkway outside Innisfail to raise awareness the need to improve access for people with a disability.
“This popular tourist attraction gives people in wheelchairs access to the tree-top walk and caters for vision impaired people, so everyone can enjoy the beautiful tropical rainforest,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Alternative routes allow wheelchairs and strollers access to almost all areas of the walk and Braille and large print guides are available for vision impaired visitors, as well as tap rails and hand rails.
“The Innisfail Disability Focus Group, Disabilities Services Queensland and Guide Dogs Queensland were all consulted during construction to ensure that facilities cater for people who have impaired mobility or vision.
“The walk was a worthy winner of an important prize in the Bligh Government’s Disability Action Week in September.
“It forms part of a great natural asset that all Queenslanders can enjoy.”
Mr Pitt said the rainforest walk served as a great example of cooperation between business, government, the community and the disability sector.
“Innisfail District Disability Awareness Group provided valuable feedback during construction to ensure the walkway cater for all people including those with a disability,” Mr Pitt said.
“The project director kept members of the group informed as the project progressed and responded to the group’s advice.
“Mamu shows what can be achieved when we all pull together to ensure people with a disability have access to the same opportunities as all Queenslanders.”