Many Maiwar residents have contacted me about accessibility problems at train stations, particularly Taringa and Auchenflower, where navigation is practically impossible for people who use a wheelchair for mobility, our ageing population who may use a walking frame, or parents with prams.
Queensland Rail has a Station Accessibility Upgrade Program designed to address accessibility issues but it doesn’t include any timeframe for upgrades at Auchenflower Station, and Taringa Station isn’t mentioned at all. It is not clear whether the Program has sufficient funding to make every train station accessible by the federally-imposed deadline in 2022. The missing ingredient in this scenario is political will.
Auchenflower station upgrade submissions
Auchenflower station is scheduled for upgrades, but we don’t know much about what they’ll include, or when they’ll be completed.
I’ve made a submission based on my consultation with disability advocacy groups, individuals and other local organisations (which you can view on my website), and I’d encourage you to do the same - especially if you use Auchenflower station and/or have access needs which should be considered in the upgrade design.
Writing a submission of your own is really easy. All you need to do is write an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Start by mentioning how you're impacted by the lack of access at this station (do you live near by, do you use the station, or not use it because of it's dismal access).
2. Input any thoughts or requests for what the station should include (any particular design features etc). We are particularly highlighting that the Auchenflower station upgrade design should include a mechanism to allow disability access to one of the platforms via the underpass or directly from the street, by way of a lift or other design solution, which doesn't seem to be included in the current plans. We are also highlighting that the upgrade should also include better provisions for people cycling to the station.
3. Be sure to mention that you feel that more needs to be done to upgrade all stations in QLD- including the nearby Taringa Station for which there is no plan for upgrade.
Please join me in calling on the Minister to fund accessibility upgrades to meet disability standards and accepted community functionality at Taringa Station and Auchenflower Station by signing this petition.
In March 2018, I asked the Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, what the plan was for the train stations in my electorate. He advised Auchenflower Station is scheduled for an upgrade, including the installation of a lift, but did not provide a timeframe for this or any other upgrades, including to Taringa station. I've written a follow up letter seeking a meeting to discuss this further.
Accessibility upgrades are an investment, not a cost. Full accessibility at train stations in Maiwar, and all other stations on the QR network, is incredibly important, to ensure each and every citizen can exercise their right to engage with our broader community.
Check out the video I made with visiting WA Senator Jordon Steele-John, who was shocked at the state of our stations here!
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