IN TOUCH: Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson tries to walk along Prince St “blind” as part of an exercise organised by the access committee. Photo: Adam Hourigan
IN TOUCH: Clarence Valley Council mayor Richie Williamson tries to walk along Prince St “blind” as part of an exercise organised by the access committee. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Not seeing is believing for councillors

THERE were a lot of unkind puns that came to mind when we heard the Valley's councillors were seen walking around blindfolded, but the truth is the experiment yielded positive results.

Mayor Richie Williamson and councillors Andrew Baker, Jason Kingsley and Karen Toms all took part in a "blind walk" along Prince St to help them understand what it was like to be visually impaired.

For the Mayor it helped him understand exactly how important it was to have tactile tiles correctly placed near pedestrian crossings and to ensure A-frame signs were placed next to the street, not next to shopfront walls.

"It was certainly worthwhile and I was amazed how quickly senses came into play," he said.

"When I walked past Toast I could smell the coffee and when I walked past Hanks I knew I was near the bakery.

"Then I heard the click of a camera and I knew who that was too."

It was The DEX's photographer Adam Hourigan.



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