More options for disabled
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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