Central Leader : March 16th 2011
16 CENTRAL LEADER, MARCH 16, 2011 NEWS BUY ON LINE TODAY www.easyblinds.co.nz Ph 846 8175 2 Wagener Place, St Lukes Quality Blinds online at Direct prices Order Thermal Roller Blinds & Roman Blinds before Winter 3538146AB 108-110 Onehunga Mall Road • Ph: 636 8516 Discounted Prices On: • Factory Seconds • End of lines • Short Ends We Can Custom Make Rugs For: • Any Size • Caravans • Boats Shaggy Rugs From $299 Carpet & Vinyl Residential & Commercial STOCK TILES 30% OFF ALL SALE ON TILE CITY Totally Tiles Ph: 09 636 5778 Fax: 09 634 6268 270 Church St cnr Mays Rd • BALUSTRADES • FRAMELESS SHOWERS • POOL FENCES • SPLASHBACKS • MIRRORS • SHOPFRONTS • REGLAZING PH. 575.6735 Mention this advert to Recieve a FREE quote & measure WINNER Timber Floor of the Year Supply & installation of quality timber flooring. Solid timber, engineered & laminates Full Guarantees Visit our showroom 9 Allens Road, East Tamaki (rear unit) Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 10-1pm email email@example.com : * www.jhf.co.nz 0800 999 543 Renovation, Design & Decor For Your Home Report after train death Commuter train operators are being told to consider platform design and ensure better safety for older passengers after the death of an elderly man who fell at a railway station. A 69-year-old blind man had just got off a carriage when he slipped through the gap between the train and the platform edge on to the track below in July 2009. The accident happened at Auckland s Newmarket West station last July and the vic- tim died at the scene after being dragged a number of metres as the train departed. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has just released a report into the incident saying: The trend towards an ageing population with a likely increase in mobility-impaired people travelling on public transport will require designers of transport systems to remain vigilant to this trend. Auckland Transport -- the council agency in charge of the city s rail network -- says it has since hired an accessi- bility adviser to ensure full consideration is given to all access issues and facilities around public transport. Newmarket West was a temporary station built while the main building was revamped. It was erected along a curved section of track, which meant the gap between the train and the platform edge was wide enough to fall through. But the commission says the design met national and international guidelines for assisting vision-impaired and blind persons -- the gap was as small as possible and there were warning signs. The station has since been decommissioned. The dead man, who has not been named, was on his way to a hospital eye examination. Witnesses say he appeared unsteady on his feet. They say he walked paral- lel with the platform edge for about five or six steps then veered towards the train and leaned against a moving car- riage. The commission says no conclusive reason for the passenger veering into the side of the train could be established, but it was likely related to his impaired vision or, distraction, or a combin- ation of both . There were five crew on duty on the train. Two off- duty crew and 40 passengers were also on board. SkyCity funding open Community projects which make a positive difference may be eligible for funding from the SkyCity Auckland Community Trust. This year s funding round is now under way and groups and charities are encouraged to apply. The trust is interested in assisting projects that con- tribute to health, com- munity welfare, cultural diversity and programmes that teach life skills. To date more than $24 million has been distrib- uted to 1300 community organisations. The deadline is March 25 and applicants can apply online. Former trust chairman Jock Irvine has passed the job to Arthur Loo who has been a trustee since 2006. This year is going to be an especially hard one as the country strives to give as much as they can to Christchurch which has had two terrible events in the last six months, Mr Loo says. This year s funding will be announced mid-June. See www.skycityauck land.co.nz and go to the about us page and then grants and sponsorship.
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