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New all-terrain wheelchair for Lysterfield Park

Friday 14 September, 2012

There is a new all-terrain wheelchair for Lysterfield Park in Melbourne’s East ahead of World Parks Day this Monday – 17 September. The new TrailRider chair is a first for Melbourne’s parks and will help people with disabilities to enjoy the many trails around the park.

Dr David Stratton brought the idea of the all-terrain wheelchair to Parks Victoria. Dr Stratton is a keen hiker who hasn't allowed a diagnosis of MS to keep him from exploring beautiful natural places. Check out his new film Wild Places.

All-terrain wheelchairs are now available at five of Victoria’s most visited parks to help people access Victoria’s great outdoors. The Parks Victoria website also has improved park access information for over 30 of its most visited parks. People can also add their own park access information online to assist other park visitors.

What are all-terrain wheelchairs? All-terrain wheelchairs are now available for visitors with significant physical disabilities to explore the great outdoors. The chairs are suited for sandy and semi rough tracks, making it easier to access the many stunning trails in the Grampians and beaches at Cape Conran, Wilsons Promontory and Point Nepean.

They easily disassembled and fit in the back of a station wagon and with the help of operators, you can experience Victoria's parks like never before. The chairs can be booked free of charge.

This follows recent upgrades at Wilsons Promontory National Park and Cape Conran Coastal Park, that are now equipped with modified cabins and all-terrain wheelchairs to make it easier for people with a disability to stay and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty.

The new chair can be booked at Lysterfield Park through Trailmix on 8790 4402.

In 2011, Parks Victoria won National Disability Award in the category of Health and Wellbeing.

Find out how Victoria’s parks are more accessible than ever

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