More op­tions for dis­abled

Seymour Telegraph - - THE TELEGRAPH - A group of Goul­burn Op­tions par­tic­i­pants, pic­tured with Mem­ber for Yan Yean Danielle Green and Mitchell Shire Coun­cil­lors, were on hand to see the Chang­ing Places project at Wal­lan’s pop­u­lar ad­ven­ture play­ground and splash park get un­der way.

A group of Goul­burn Op­tions par­tic­i­pants were on hand to see work on the new Chang­ing Places fa­cil­ity get un­der­way at Wal­lan’s pop­u­lar ad­ven­ture play­ground and splash park.

Chang­ing Places are larger than stan­dard dis­abled toi­lets, with an adult height-ad­justable change ta­ble, hoist, shower, toi­let and space for up to four peo­ple to change.

‘‘These fa­cil­i­ties will en­sure in­di­vid­u­als with a dis­abil­ity and their car­ers have the abil­ity to use the al­la­bil­i­ties splash park to its full po­ten­tial, and will also be a part of a net­work of Chang­ing Places fa­cil­i­ties de­vel­oped across the state that will in­crease so­cial in­clu­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties,’’ Goul­burn Op­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Rosey Panelli said.

Fab­ri­ca­tion of the new $140 000 fa­cil­ity has be­gun off-site, with the on-site in­stal­la­tion planned to start in early De­cem­ber and is ex­pected to be com­plete by Christ­mas.

‘‘We worked very hard to pro­vide an in­clu­sive ad­ven­ture play­ground and splash park for peo­ple of all ages to en­joy,’’ Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda San­der­son said.

‘‘Peo­ple with a se­vere and pro­found dis­abil­ity can have a day out with­out hav­ing to worry about how they are go­ing to go to the toi­let or get changed. They can use the splash park know­ing they can get changed eas­ily with dig­nity and pri­vacy as­sured.

‘‘We get a lot of in­ter­est from peo­ple look­ing to visit, but they need to be able to ac­cess suit­able toi­let fa­cil­i­ties. We hope this means even more peo­ple will come to en­joy our in­clu­sive play space, spend some time in our re­gion and tell their friends and fam­ily all about it.’’

The project has been funded through the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices ($100 000) and Mitchell Shire Coun­cil ($40 000).

❝These fa­cil­i­ties will en­sure in­di­vid­u­als with a dis­abil­ity and their car­ers can use the all-abil­i­ties splash park to its full po­ten­tial, and will also be a part of a net­work of Chang­ing Places fa­cil­i­ties that will in­crease so­cial in­clu­sion op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.❞ Goul­burn Op­tions chief ex­ec­u­tive Rosey Panelli

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