Stairs seem to be an issue in Bateau Bay.
While some stairs to the local reserve are taken down, others are never removed.
The original buildings at the local shopping village have never changed.
The shops at East Bateau Bay are difficult to access for people with mobility issues, parents with strollers and the general public.
Shops require managing stairs to gain entry.
This includes a doctor’s surgery, chemist and Beauty Boutique which assists with skin and body wellness.
Some owners have provided a small grab rail attached to the brick wall, which is difficult to navigate.
There should be ramped access for everyone to provide easy entry to local shops.
When the local MP was asked about the problems of access and the possibility of ramped entry, the answer was not clear.
Apparently these buildings are privately owned and do not have to comply with disability access standards on the coast.
There needs to be some clarity on this issue.
Email, Nov 13
Marilyn Zaia, Bateau Bay