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Insurance problems keeps Whyalla's beach wheelchairs locked away for over a year

A community project to provide beach access for wheelchair users has hit a roadblock that has left a section of the community still feeling excluded.

The Whyalla community in South Australia fundraised and purchased two adult and one child beach access wheelchairs in November, 2017.

But the chairs have only been used for a few events because they are not covered by public liability insurance.

Whyalla Access Group member Rachel Barlow said it is heartbreaking during the summer holidays that the chairs remain locked in a storage shed.

"There's been some gorgeous days and every time I'm down here I feel sad that they're in a building locked away and that people aren't using them," Ms Barlow said.

"We've had some small children that would like to use them as … they haven't got long in their life, and they would like to get out and enjoy the beach like the rest of us.

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