New lift to increase accessibility

A new lift will be installed as part of the refurbishment of the ground floor of Wodonga Council's Hovell St offices.

The refurbishment, which is expected to begin by the end of the year, will see the customer focus area updated to be more accessible and safer for staff and visitors.

Part of the new entryway will include a lift that will go from the car park level to the second floor where North East Catchment Management Authority is located.

The lift will meet accessibility standards for the community to access the public areas of the building including customer service and the new public toilets and Council Chamber.

Grant Myers, who is a wheelchair user and part of council's accessibility committee group, said the lift would be beneficial as the ramp at council did not make it easy for people in a wheelchair.

A second lift will replace the exisiting internal lift within the existing structure. It is more than 30 years old.

The lifts will take about 20 weeks to manufacture plus another eight weeks to intsall.

The refurbishment works have a completion date of mid-2019.