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New ramp to improve access in Maldon

Pile of newspapers wrapped in string.

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Work is underway to improve access to local businesses that operate from the Old Shire Offices building in the Maldon Shire Gardens on High Street.

The ramp at the Francis Street entrance of the building will be replaced to comply with Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements and the addition of handrails will improve accessibility.

The works will take up to six weeks and be completed by late August, weather permitting.

Council has consulted with and considered the needs of the local businesses operating in the space to ensure the disruption is minimal.

Access to the businesses will be maintained via the stairs from the Maldon Shire Gardens. To minimise disruption, the timing of works will be co-ordinated with the needs of the businesses wherever possible.

The Maldon Visitor Information Centre is yet to reopen due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as being dependent on older volunteers who are at greater risk of serious illness if they contract coronavirus.

Access to the Tarrangower Times newspaper office and local photographer will be arranged from the gardens. Access to the hairdressing salon at the rear building will continue to be maintained from Francis Street.

“We thank the local businesses for their cooperation and we hope that the disruption from the works will be minimal to allow business to continue as usual,” said Cr Stephen Gardner, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“This is part of Council’s ongoing work to improve to the accessibility of facilities and services around our shire,” said Cr Gardner.

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