Aunty Alana Purcell has launched a group to try and get a disability access vehicle for Cherbourg.
Aunty Alana Purcell has launched a group to try and get a disability access vehicle for Cherbourg. Tobi Loftus

Cherbourg group wants disability access vehicle

A NEW group has formed in Cherbourg to try and fund a disability access vehicle for the community.

Aunty Alana Purcell launched the Gundung Gittaba group after her own experiences with a disability.

"It means Strong Brothers Strong Sisters," she said.

"It's been something I'm very passionate about since I became a paraplegic.

"I've been in wheelchair for 10 years, so I've had plenty of time to think."

Aunty Alana said while there were a number of health care organisations who operated their own vehicles, she wanted one specifically for the community that could be used as needed.

"It's about fulfilling our family commitment and our cultural commitment," she said.

"I'd like to go to a lot more places, like picnics, football games and fishing.

"My dream was to go to Stradbroke Island, where my grandfather was born, but I can't go because of no bus."

Aunty Alana said she was going through the process to apply for different kinds of funding.

"We've got our foot in the door as we are now incorporated and can go look for funding," she said.

Aunty Alana said the type of vehicle the group could purchase would depend on the funding received.

"With a 12-seater you can only fit one wheelchair. With a 22-seater you can put in two wheelchairs," she said.

"It's about awareness, so members of the community with a disability can start interacting, getting out and doing things they haven't done in a long time.

"It feels like we are the forgotten ones."

Aunty Alana said she urged anyone who wanted to help to come to the group's meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at the Indigenous Knowledge Centre in Cherbourg from 10am.

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