Bay’s many at­trac­tions ac­ces­si­ble to all

South Western Times - - News -

The smile could not be wiped from Melanie Mile­ham’s face as she was wheeled down to the Koom­bana Bay shore­line be­fore mo­ments later she was float­ing and bask­ing in the sun, all with­out leav­ing her wheel­chair.

Ms Mile­ham was one of the first to use the beach’s new mat­ting, which was un­veiled on Mon­day.

The new mat­ting was a highlight of the Beach Ac­ces­si­bil­ity Day in cel­e­bra­tion of In­ter­na­tional Day of Peo­ple with Dis­abil­ity. The mat­ting along with two unique wheel­chairs al­lows peo­ple of all abil­i­ties to now en­joy one of Bun­bury’s big­gest as­sets in Koom­bana Bay.

The fun and games did not stop on the sand and wa­ter, with fris­bee, bocce, golf and more keep­ing beach party-go­ers en­ter­tained dur­ing the free com­mu­nity event hosted by City of Bun­bury and WA iS­ports.

Chairwoman Al­li­son Bur­nett said the group’s mem­bers had been look­ing for­ward to Mon­day’s cel­e­bra­tion and that the fo­cus on ac­ces­si­bil­ity at Koom­bana Bay was “fan­tas­tic”.

“We’re out and about and amongst ev­ery­body else which is the way it should be,” she said.

“Be­ing in a prime lo­ca­tion – we’ve got ac­ces­si­ble fa­cil­i­ties – it’s re­duced so many bar­ri­ers that have stopped peo­ple be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate as fully in the past, so that’s fan­tas­tic for all peo­ple.”

Pat­ter­son, page 12

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

WA iS­ports’ Josef Ban­dera and Ron Trezise with City of Bun­bury Surf Life Sav­ing Club mem­bers Richard Banks and Roshni Ramesh watch on as Melanie Mile­ham and Bun­bury city coun­cil­lor Bren­dan Kelly of­fi­cially un­veil the new beach mat­ting.

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