I thank Bill for writing this warm tribute to Ros and myself for what has been achieved with the TrailRider in a little over three years. What he did not mention is the incredible work done by his organisation.
“I am delighted to contribute to TrailRider Tales, hosted by our good friend Dr David Stratton.
The TrailRider, all-terrain wheelchairs, have captured the imagination of the public, Government and our many partners in this extremely exciting initiative.
Dave first introduced us to the TrailRider in a visit to the Grampians National Park. A few years later and we had chairs at Wilsons Prom, Great Otway National Park, Cape Conran and Lysterfield Park with more chairs for beach access, and chairs specifically designed for children with a disability, in more locations across the state. For an increasing number of people with mobility issues and their families and friends, these chairs are proving the perfect vehicle to maintain access with nature.
Dave and Ros have been tremendous in promoting the health benefits of getting out in nature with the TrailRider chairs. I’m proud to join them in encouraging more park agencies, private industry and land managers across Australia to invest in all-terrain wheelchairs. Minor investments make major differences in people’s lives. We all need parks and continued access to nature. As we say, Healthy Parks, Healthy People.
Here is a short film for those in search of inspiration “Access For All - Making History on the Oxfam Trailwalker 2013”
Keep up the good work, Dr Stratton.
Dr Bill Jackson
Parks Victoria, Chief Executive”