Council enhances Mount Evelyn accessibility with asphalting project

The new asphalting works in Mount Evelyn has improved accessibility and connectivity. Picture: YARRA RANGES COUNCIL.

Yarra Ranges Council has taken a significant step to enhance accessibility in Mount Evelyn, by asphalting the public toilet car park area on Wray Crescent next to the adjoining youth shed.

Council completed asphalting of the parking area in late October, addressing concerns about the accessibility of the previous gravel surface and improving the connectivity of the toilet facilities with the adjoining Youth Shed, a space regularly utilised by the Mount Evelyn Community House and Reading Room.

Yarra Ranges Billanook Ward Councillor, Tim Heenan, said Council responded quickly following concerns raised from the Pathways for Carers walking group that operates from the Community House and Reading Room.

“We heard the concerns about the gravel surface, and we wanted to act quickly to make sure everyone in our community can access public facilities comfortably,” he said.

“This asphalting was an important and practical step towards creating a more inclusive environment, and our goal is to create spaces that are accessible and accommodating for everyone.”

The Pathways for Carers initiative provides caregivers of individuals with disabilities or mental illness an opportunity to participate in group walks and stay informed about news, services, and support available to them.

Tamlyn Dunn, a wheelchair user and participant in the Pathways for Carers group, said she raised her concerns with the council and was impressed by the quick turnaround.

“The gravel surface posed significant challenges for me and others as well as those parents with prams,” Tamlyn said.

“The new asphalt is a game-changer, allowing me to navigate the area without struggle and making a tremendous difference in my daily life. I appreciate the Council’s proactive efforts to enhance accessibility in Mount Evelyn for everyone.”