Mildura is one of Victoria’s largest towns; if the Sunraysia region as a whole is included, its population is over 50, 000. Settled on the Murray River in the far north-east of the State, Mildura enjoys long hours of sunshine for much of the year. The Rural City Council is very active and focusses on all sections of the community including the disabled and those who use Mobility Scooters and Powerchairs. So what’s the city like for Mobility Scooter users?
Firstly, the city is well laid out and easy to get around in with many attractions close to or on the Murray. Access to the main shopping areas for people with disabilities is good with Coles, Woolworths and K Mart all close by. The Rural City Council has an inclusive focus which includes those in the community with a disability. Local resident Bernie said: “I retired to Mildura 15 years ago to get away from the cold in Melbourne. As an arthritis sufferer, the warm weather is much better for me and housing is affordable here. I live just off Ninth Street and have been using my mobility scooter to get around in for the last three years- it’s pretty easy. The Seniors Festival is one very year and I always get along to that. Last year there was a “Don’t Dis My Disability” Dance and I went along to that, even though I can’t dance anymore!”