ONE disadvantaged group of people appears to have been forgotten about in all the election clamour: those in wheelchairs who want to cast their vote at the pre-poll in Nowra Lane.
Neville Foord, who is a member of the Access Shoalhaven committee, was appalled to discover the entrance to the pre-poll did not have a wheelchair ramp.
He took his concerns to the Australian Electoral Commission over the road but was not happy with the answer.
“I was told in there that anyone in a wheelchair just had to call out from the footpath and someone would come out and give them assistance,” Mr Foord said.
“These wheelchair people get out on their own, they don’t want helpers with them. They want to be able to access places like you and I.
“It just belittles them as far as I am concerned. It would me if I was in a chair.”
Mr Foord said he hoped his complaint would encourage the AEC to get its act together.
“If they are going to have a building it’s got to be accessible to people in wheelchairs and to able bodied people. Everyone should be treated equal,” he said.
Gilmore Division returning officer Peter Manley said the AEC had little choice when it came to securing a building for pre-poll.
He said the AEC office itself, where people could also vote, was wheelchair friendly.