Dylan is opening doors

YOU may not have noticed it, but over the past few months the Whitsundays region has become a lot more access-friendly.

Since the launch of the Dylan Awards in March more than 40 businesses have been presented with Dylan stickers indicating they are access-friendly.

The Dylan Awards were been created by Whitsunday resident Anna Smith and were inspired by the memory of her nephew Dylan, who was confined to a wheelchair with cerebral palsy, before passing away two years ago.

She created the award to recognise businesses that are easily accessible for people in wheelchairs, mothers with prams, the disabled and the elderly.

The award has been made possible by a $30,000 grant from the Gambling Community Benefit Fund and facilitated by Community Solutions where Anna works.

Last week Anna presented a Dylan Award to Suncorp Bank branch manager Shane Bellert for the installation of a new door-opening button that improves accessibility for the elderly and people in wheelchairs.

The new button is lower than the previous one, allowing for the door to be opened from any height.

“It wasn't until we pointed it out during an access review that they became aware of the problem, and as soon as they did they started working to fix it,” Anna said.

Mr Bellert said he was happy to help make the bank much more accessible to everyone.

“Being part of the Dylan Award project will not only benefit current and future customers but it also allows Suncorp Bank to be part of a wonderful local initiative,” he said.

For more information on the Dylan Awards or for a free access review, contact Anna at Community Solutions on 0400 222 802.

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