Access committee marks 30 years helping the Bathurst community

GRATEFUL: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole presents a certificate of appreciation to Bob Triming from the Bathurst Regional Access Committee to mark the committee's 30 years of service to the community.
GRATEFUL: Member for Bathurst Paul Toole presents a certificate of appreciation to Bob Triming from the Bathurst Regional Access Committee to mark the committee's 30 years of service to the community.

THE Bathurst Regional Access Committee has been recognised for its three decades of service to the community.

Committee chairman/secretary Bob Triming accepted, on behalf of the organisation, a certificate from Member for Bathurst Paul Toole recently to mark the milestone.

Mr Toole said the Bathurst Regional Access Committee (BRAC) had been mediating for 30 years on behalf of those in the community with disability and others who need to use mobility aids.

“The committee does a remarkable job in helping create a level playing field for everyone in our community,” he said.

“It is without doubt one of the most active access committees in the state and I commend its members for the work they do.

“Over the years, hundreds of modifications and improvements have been carried out to homes and businesses around the city thanks to the BRAC and its interaction with the wider community.”

Mr Toole said the organisation publishes brochures which detail the rights of the public when it comes to access and the obligations of businesses.

“I know the BRAC works closely with the local council to help determine who receives funding of cash grants of up to $15,000 for access improvements to small businesses,” he said.

“Committee members also make themselves accessible to anyone needing their advice to help deal with difficulties those with a disability may face on a daily basis.

“Most Bathurst residents, and any business or organisation, can become a member of BRAC in accordance with the operating guidelines and I would encourage anyone who thinks they have a contribution to make to consider putting their hand up to help out as a volunteer.”

Mr Triming said the Bathurst Regional Access Committee currently had 34 items on their books.

“The committee looks forward to continuing with its important work to achieve equitable access to all goods, services and the built environment,” he said.

“We greatly appreciate this certificate of appreciation from our local MP Paul Toole and I accept it on behalf of all the volunteers on the committee.

“Some have been involved for over 15 years.”