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All Terrain Access to our Bush Capital.

30-April-2015

All Terrain Access to our Bush Capital.

The evidence is clear; connecting with nature is simply good for your mind, body and soul. Here in our beautiful Bush Capital you don’t have to venture too far to connect with our stunning natural environment, it’s right on our collective doorstep.

In recent times the Park Service has adopted the Healthy Parks Healthy People philosophy which speaks of the tangible health benefits to be gained from our parks for our community. Evidence would suggest that being exposed to our natural environment can help us cope with emotional anxiety and ill health, nature can provide us with inspiration and a real sense of purpose in our day- to-day lives.  Nature can indeed nurture.

So it’s a natural fit that as a Park Service we want our community to explore and connect with everything our magnificent conservation estate has to offer, but for some Canberrans with mobility issues this can be a rather daunting challenge. 

A few years ago, the National Parks Association of the ACT (NPA), a wonderful community based organisation who are passionate about our parks and reserves, made a kind and generous gesture to the Park Service. Through the generosity of their members the NPA purchased and gifted to the Canberra community an All Terrain Wheelchair.
Exploring the beautiful surrounds of Canberra’s nature reserves, parks and open spaces is an opportunity that everyone should be able to enjoy, regardless of their physical limitations. The All Terrain Wheelchair is a great way for mobility-impaired visitors to get out there and enjoy all that is on offer in our bush capital.

As the name would suggest, the All Terrain Wheelchair is designed to access walking tracks and paths as they meander through our national parks and nature reserves. The wheel chair can be booked free of charge and taken to a range of reserves, including Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie or Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve as well as Namadgi National Park. The chair can be easily disassembled to fit in the back of a large family car.

Recently as part of the Heritage Festival, National Parks Association members hosted the All Terrain Wheel Chair in the grounds of the Namadgi Visitor Information Centre, to witness the smiles on the faces of those who participated was to witness sheer joy.  It was simply inspirational. 

There are so many incredible experiences to be gained and unique landscapes to explore the All Terrain Wheel Chair can be your mobility passport to get out there and explore.

Explores will need to supply their own cycling helmet and participate in a short induction session before venturing out. If you or a family member would like to book the chair free of charge give the Tidbinbilla Visitor Centre a call on 6205 1233. For more information about the All Terrain Wheel Chair visit www.tams.act.gov.au

Brett McNamara, Regional Manager with ACT Parks & Conservation Service.

 

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