Disabled Wintersports multimillion dollar investment New centre breaks down the barriers
A $4 million investment in state-of-the-art accommodation will open a whole new world to people with a disability this winter.
Disabled Wintersports Australia, in partnership with the YMCA is completing a purpose built universally designed facility at Howman’s Gap, just a few kilometres from Falls Creek.
This centre, scheduled to open at the beginning of August, has 36 beds, so that participants of all abilities can get out and challenge themselves on Victoria’s ski fields.
Disabled Winter Sports chief executive Dr Neil Fisher said the new accommodation would mean greater access and affordability to their more than 1000 members.
“One of the significant limitations DWA identified for people with disabilities and carers wishing to visit the alpine regions is the lack of suitable accommodation and ‘on snow’ facilities,” he said.
“In the past we have run the Victorian winter programs from Friday to Sunday during the snow season utilising the YMCA managed accommodation at Howman’s Gap.
“It was the most cost effective, accessible accommodation complex in the Victorian alps but is not comparable to the rates at our own accommodation in NSW.
“For the program to expand in Victoria, and support more people with disabilities, we needed to increase the cost effectiveness and increase the opportunities for program participation beyond the weekend programs.
“This development at Howman’s Gap achieves that.”
Dr Fisher said the project was on track to be completed by July 31.
“The final cost will be well over $4 million,” he said.
“This facility will enable people with disabilities a higher level of access to the alpine areas than has previously been possible.
“This is a significant step in achieving equal access for people with disabilities to the Australian alpine areas.”