Ramping up better access across the city

WORKING TOGETHER: Bathurst Regional Access Committee chairman Bob Triming with mayor Graeme Hanger and Bathurst Seymour Centre manager Terisa Ashworth.

WORKING TOGETHER: Bathurst Regional Access Committee chairman Bob Triming with mayor Graeme Hanger and Bathurst Seymour Centre manager Terisa Ashworth.

BUSINESSES and community organisations looking to improve access to their premises can apply now for the next round of Bathurst Regional Council grants.

Council, in partnership with the Bathurst Regional Access Committee, provides grants to assist small businesses and not-for-profit organisations in the local area to improve access for all members of the community.

Businesses and not-for-profit organisations within the Bathurst region may apply for funding of 50 per cent of project costs, up to a maximum of $5000, on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

In the past, funds have been awarded to complete paths, build access ramps, install automatic doors and build or modify accessible toilets.

Earlier this year council helped fund a new ramp at the Bathurst Seymour Centre under the program.

The centre had a ramp installed to the rear of the building with handrails to improve access, handrails in the amenities block and a visibility strip from the kitchen to the hallway.

The total cost was $4268.

New projects must be completed within the current 2017/2018 financial year to be eligible for a grant.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday, September 1.  If successful, projects must be completed by Friday, May 25, 2018. 

Further details can be obtained by contacting council's community services department on 6333 6180 or 6333 6523.

A flyer outlining relevant information is available at www.bathurst.nsw.gov.au.

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