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Yamba Rotary and Yamba Fair have installed a new seat at the Treelands Drive taxi rank. (l-r) Yamba Fair’s centre manager, Paul Turk, Yamba Rotary’s Vic Doe, president-elect Rick Angelo, Gayle Doe and Garry Annetts, and Cr Karen Toms (second from right). Image: Geoff Helisma

Rotary provides seating at taxi rank

Geoff Helisma | Waiting for a cab at Yamba Fair just got easier, thanks to the Rotary Club of Yamba, the shopping centre’s management and the Clarence Valley Access Committee. The initiative took shape at the council’s access committee meeting on April 28 when it was resolved that committee member, Cr Karen Toms, would seek assistance from Rotary to provide a bench seat at the taxi rank. Speaking on behalf of Yamba Rotary, Gayle Doe said: “Rotary came to the party and worked in collaboration with the shopping centre’s manager, Paul Turk: he put the slab in and we put the seat in.” Councillor Toms said the lack of a suitable space for people awaiting a taxi was brought to her “attention by a resident, who is quite unwell, comes shopping and has to catch a taxi”. “She often has to stand around waiting for the taxi,” she said. “She has difficulty doing that after shopping; it takes all of her strength. “I am aware that many people with disabilities are not mobile and do use the taxi service.” Mr Turk said, prior to the seat’s and slab’s installation, “it was difficult for people to see if a taxi had arrived” from the centre’s roofed entry area. Alternatively, people would stand and wait on the footpath.