Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson was in Rochester for last week’s pop-up session so residents could air their concerns.July 24, 2014 3:18am
Rochester resident Pearl Hutchins met Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson at last week’s pop-up session.
Rochester residents had a chance to air their concerns over access issues around town at a pop-up session recently.
Campaspe Shire rural access officer Andrew Thomson held the survey sessions in each of the shire towns.
‘‘A lot of people can feel isolated due to their age, disability or even gender,’’ he said.
‘‘Council is developing a new access and inclusion plan for the next four years and we really need to know the specific concerns in each locality before we finalise it.’’
A common theme with most respondents was the lack of suitable transport to major centres.
‘‘Some people are unable to access specialist medical services say in Echuca, Shepparton or Bendigo simply because it is too difficult to get there,’’ Mr Thomson said.
‘‘Overseas experience sees towns setting up community cars, organising volunteer drivers and car pooling opportunities to overcome the problems.’’
Council is also active in ensuring everyone has access to its communications.
All shire literature is available in large print from its offices and for those with sight or hearing concerns the shire website now features a program called ReadSpeaker which actually reads the pages to the user.
Council’s website and information infrastructure is also being updated to provide more assistive technology and in the new year the latest access capabilities will be promoted in all libraries to demonstrate their uses.
A community forum on the access and inclusion plan will be held on Thursday at the Rochester shire hall from 10.30am to noon.
To register, contact Mr Thomson 5481
Students at Grahamvale Primary School have marked Book Week by dressing up as their favourite book characters.
Although still not at their best, Mulwala have finished on top of the Murray League ladder after a comfortable victory over Cobram.
The International Guide Jamboree will take place at Lake Somerset, South East Queensland from September 25 to October 3, for Guides aged 10-17 years, and will be hosted by Girl Guides Australia.
FOR Echuca South Primary School, delivering ‘meals on wheels’ has been a long tradition.
ROCHESTER and Elmore emergency services united to help save a Mathoura man’s life on Friday afternoon after a two-vehicle collision on the Northern Hwy.
Kyabram under pressure to maintain vital top three spot
The Seymour sub-branch of the RSL needs information on local soldiers during World War I.
Berrigan public decides drainage works location
EARTHCOTE Events boss Spiro Boursinos has slammed allegations his annual Pyalong festival is anything but a safe and well organised function.
Strathmerton Cricket Club star all-rounder Luke Carter has been named as captain of the 2014-15 Victorian Country Cricket League (VCCL) Team of the Year.
Cancer claims one of its fiercest combatants.
‘‘Kick out the water speculators,’’ Federal Member for Murray, Sharman Stone, told farmers at an irrigation rally on Wednesday.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.