Valerie Kishawi says there are not enough disabled parking spaces around Gympie.
Valerie Kishawi says there are not enough disabled parking spaces around Gympie.

Access for disabled troubles pensioner

FOR Gympie resident Valerie Kishawi the simple task of going shopping is a strategically planned and often difficult endeavour.

The 82-year-old grandmother is waiting on hip surgery and a knee replacement and said she has found running errands in town difficult due to limited disability parking facilities.

Pain in Ms Kishawi's left knee and right hip requires her to lean on a walking frame when going out.

She depends on finding a vacant disability park to keep her walks to and from the car short and when shopping she hopes to find a trolley nearby in the car park to lean on which also allows her to buy more groceries than with her walker.

She said it has been increasingly painful to walk up long hills, sets of stairs and ramps and close-to-entry disabled car parks generally remove the need for a difficult trek but with little on offer she has had to rule out several Gympie shopping destinations.

"I can drive and get there, it's just the walking I have to do (that is the problem)," she said.

She said she found parking less of a problem while she was living on the Gold Coast.

Her suggestion was that more disability car parks at shopping centres and services such as medical facilities would ease hers, and possibly others', travel challenges.

"Haven't we got enough problems to worry about without going shopping?" Ms Kishawi said.

"If nobody complains about it, nobody knows.

"To me it's important."

Does Gympie need more disabled parking?

This poll ended on 21 March 2013.

Current Results

Yes

61%

No

23%

In some places

15%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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