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Published on 16 December 2016
A world - leading all-terrain wheelchair that allows people with limited mobility to explore otherwise inaccessible bush trails has arrived in Loddon Shire.
The device is a cross between a wheelbarrow and sedan chair that allows several helpers to guide the passenger – adult or child – along outdoor tracks and trails.
It weighs 25kg, but can be easily dismantled to slide into the back of a large car.
Invented in Canada in the early 1990s, the TrailRider was brought to Australia by Parks Victoria.
There are officially now 14 in Victoria and six more scattered around the rest of the country.
Tourism and marketing officer for Loddon Shire Robyn Vella said Council had established 12 walking trails around the municipality for people to enjoy.
“We have a number of specific trails we will recommend for TrailRider users, but the experienced staff and volunteers at the Visitor Centre can offer up-to-date information and guidance,” Mrs Vella said.
“There are some beautiful scenic tracks for all abilities around Boort, Bridgewater, Inglewood, Pyramid Hill, Tarnagulla and Wedderburn.”
The TrailRider is available free for use in the Shire for up to three days at a time. For bookings, phone the Loddon Visitor Information Centre on 5494 3489.