PROSERPINE residents Gina Webster and Peter King are frustrated at what they believe is a lack of disabled access throughout the town.
PROSERPINE residents Gina Webster and Peter King are frustrated at what they believe is a lack of disabled access throughout the town.

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PROSERPINE residents Gina Webster and Peter King are frustrated at what they believe is a lack of disabled access throughout the town.

On June 5, 2011, the lives of the former Cannonvale couple changed forever when Mr King broke his neck and back and became a quadraplegic, paralysed from the breastbone down. After 10 months in hospital he was moved to a residence in Proserpine.

While the couple are grateful for the accommodation, Ms Webster says Proserpine is far from an easy place to live for people with mobility issues like Mr King.

"Even though he's in an electric chair, he can't get into most of the shops. We've had nothing but problems with gutters and roads and every shop is at least a brick's height to get into in a wheelchair that weighs over 100 kilos," she said.

"It's pretty wrong when you can't even get a haircut and you can't even register your wheelchair at the RTA, because you can't get in over the steps."

Former Whitsunday Shire Councillor Alan Dufty who has been in a wheelchair for 40 years described the situation as "discriminatory". Mr Dufty said he was in the process of contacting Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan for the purpose of raising the issue with the transport minister.

"It's not only people in wheelchairs that this affects - it's older people with walkers and women in prams and it's just not satisfactory when this sort of thing happens at the Queensland Transport building," he said.

Mr Costigan said he fully sympathised with his constituents' views.

"We can put a man on the moon but we can't put ramp access in to the Queensland Transport office in Proserpine? I find that utterly amazing, appalling and disappointing. I'd be more than happy for the constituents to come and meet with me personally with a view to firing off a letter to the minister," he said.


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