New kayak launcher for the phys­i­cally im­paired

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - Out & About -

A new fa­cil­ity at Mathoura that brings kayak­ing to peo­ple with lim­ited mo­bil­ity was launched as part of In­ter­na­tional Day for Peo­ple with a Disability yes­ter­day.

A new kayak launcher for those who are phys­i­cally im­paired was un­veiled at the Ed­ward River Bridge pic­nic area in Mur­ray Val­ley Re­gional Park near Mathoura.

The new launcher was made pos­si­ble thanks to the in­no­va­tion and re­cy­cling from the Moama com­mu­nity, with the deck­ing made from re­cy­cled shop­ping bags, food and other house­hold con­tain­ers.

Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice Area man­ager Tim O’Kelly said the kayak launcher is a first of its kind for NSW.

‘‘The wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble kayak idea came from a lo­cal tour op­er­a­tor in­di­cat­ing a need for a safe launch spot for peo­ple with lim­ited mo­bil­ity on the Ed­ward River’s steep banks,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to en­sure ev­ery­one has an op­por­tu­nity to en­joy our na­tional parks.

‘‘This fa­cil­ity is a great ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion to pro­vide safe visi­tor ex­pe­ri­ences.

‘‘It’s also a fab­u­lous way for us to demon­strate ex­actly what can be done with prod­ucts you recycle.’’

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