We moved to the Daintree in 2021. As a result of a significant car accident which had me in hospital for 6 months I am now left with significant mobility issues meaning I can no longer drive and use a 4 wheel walker to get around. That’s just to put this post in context.
We made a conscious decision to move to the Daintree full well knowing I would have challenges, but I thrive on a challenge and am a stubborn sod who rarely admits defeat.
We had fallen in love with the Daintree on previous holiday visits, it’s a magical place isn’t it?
Being disabled has its own set of challenges when you go out, in my case I must constantly check surfaces where I am pushing my walker and ask myself is it safe.
A good example of this early in our time we went to Mossman for shopping and many stores have a big step up to enter the store, if I was in a wheelchair I would not be able to go into that store.
Even something as simple as a path that broken concrete and is not level can potentially damage a walker or a wheelchair if it gets stuck.
I would really love to see the Daintree Coast become a truly inclusive community for all. There are a lot of people with disabilities that must use wheelchairs who love to travel, and they have money to spend.
What makes an inclusive community I hear you ask?
https://authenticlifecare.com.au/blog/7-ways-to-make-society-more-inclusive-for-disabled-people/ suggests the following:
Access to things like beaches is problematic for me for example at cow bay there is sand at the car park before you hit the concrete path, that makes pushing a walker to get to the path to go to the beach harder than it needs to be.
I hear you say who will pay for this stuff? I don’t want my rates to go up etc. There are more than likely grants floating around. I have spoken with council about my experiences at Mossman and will give credit to them a council officer rang me and acknowledged that there is the need to improve things, but it takes time.
If you are an accommodation provider here is a question for you to ponder do, I have grab rails in the shower by default or is it just in a wheelchair accessible cabin/villa? Something as simple as that may mean someone who is challenged mobility wise will spend money with you
I love being here I am enjoying learning about the history of where we live and the rainforest and think the community is pretty awesome. I look forward to contributing to our community to help it grow and prosper.