Lightning fast response

LtoR: Ian Ryan (Queens Park), Scott Patterson (Construction engineer for The City of Canning)
LtoR: Ian Ryan (Queens Park), Scott Patterson (Construction engineer for The City of Canning)

Mr Ryan, who is a quadriplegic, contacted the City three weeks ago after discovering he could not cross the road without his wheels becoming wedged at the bottom of the driveway because of the angle at which it joined the road.

He said within hours the manager for disability, youth and family services had been in contact and assured him the City would fix the problem.

Canning commissioner Linton Reynolds said the City had always prioritised allowing people with disabilities to access their communities.

Mr Ryan is paralysed from his chest down, and after spending weeks at Charles Gairdner Hospital and nine months at Shenton Park Rehabilitation Centre, the cause is still not yet known.

‘After returning to my house six weeks ago, I decided to regain a little of my independence by exploring the park across the road, but I soon discovered I wasn’t able to cross,’ he said.

‘I was extremely lucky that my neighbour was out the front when I attempted to cross, because he had to help push my chair out of what felt like a gutter.

‘I was so impressed with the City of Canning, because I didn’t expect that within days of contacting them, I would have someone working on my driveway.

‘The council have smoothed out the end of my driveway, so that I now have the freedom to go exploring.’

Commissioner Reynolds said the work required at Mr Ryan’s property was minimal, and the City was able to respond quickly by scheduling the works between other major project schedules.

‘We appreciate Mr Ryan’s kind-natured thank you, and we look forward to continuing to provide a high service delivery,’ he said.