New all-terrain wheelchair set to make Flinders Ranges more inclusive

FUND MY IDEA: District Council of Mount Remarkable Mayor Colin Nottle, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock, Managing partners of In the Flinders Alan Clarke, Quinten van der Werf and nursing unit manager of Booleroo Centre District Hospital Wilma Cillie stand in front of the trails which will soon be accessible using the all-terrain wheelchair.
FUND MY IDEA: District Council of Mount Remarkable Mayor Colin Nottle, Regional Development Minister Geoff Brock, Managing partners of In the Flinders Alan Clarke, Quinten van der Werf and nursing unit manager of Booleroo Centre District Hospital Wilma Cillie stand in front of the trails which will soon be accessible using the all-terrain wheelchair.

A new grant from the state government will soon make the Flinders Ranges more accessible to wheelchair users. 

The ‘Fund My Idea’ initiative — which gives the community the chance to submit and vote on projects that will benefit their region — will see $13,950 granted to In the Flinders for their ‘Trails for Everyone’ program.

The money will be used to purchase a new all-terrain wheelchair which will enable disabled people to explore otherwise inaccessible trails in Mount Remarkable National Park and surrounding trails of the iconic Southern Flinders Ranges. 

Quinten van der Werf a Managing Partner of In the Flinders has said the support shown by the community for this project has been overwhelming.

“We are excited to be named as one of the winners of the Fund My Idea grant program,” Mr van der Werf said.

“Our project is to introduce a dedicated, single-wheeled, off-road wheelchair known as the Trail Rider into our region as to make the trails in the Mid-North more accessible and inclusive.”

Passionate about preserving the natural flora and fauna of the region, Quinten and his partner Alan Clarke have designed thoughtful and responsible trails which will showcase its beauty. 

The pair are excited by the prospect of building their nature-based tourism business to be more inclusive to the elderly and people with physical disabilities. 

“We will be able to work closely with community organisations to ensure that people with physical disabilities will be able to experience the outdoor scenic wonders of South Australia that many of us take for granted,” Mr van der Werf said.

Also included in the $50,000 round was Kadina where $30,000 will be spent on a tourism attraction which will see murals painted on the local water tower depicting famous local identities.

York Peninsula will receive $6,050 to purchase equipment for Tumble and Bounce York Peninsula Style to facilitate the teachings of safe tumbling and acrobatic skills, as well as enabling Active for Life Movement Classes for over 50s. 

Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock expressed his pleasure at funding local projects aimed to benefit their respective communities in a variety of ways. 

“I congratulate all of the entrants and the winner for being part of this innovative program,” he said.

Premier Jay Weatherill said several worthy projects were submitted to the ‘Fund my Idea’ program and that it was great to see locals rally to vote for three standouts. 

Mr van der Werf is hopeful that the Trail Rider will be fully operational by this time next year.