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Roll out the mat… to accessible beaches

Created  13th September 2018

Hobsons Bay City Council, Victoria’s Accessible Beaches Project continues to push the boundaries when it comes to a complex natural environment.

In a first for Australia, beach matting is now available 24/7, and beach wheelchairs, including water chairs are also available at Altona and Williamstown beaches for the 16,000 residents who live with disability. The infrastructure also provides access for older people and those with prams and toddlers. It empowers families of people with disability to spontaneously share a day at the beach without having to sit on the sidelines, according to council access and inclusion officer Tom Bevan. As well as special matting imported from France, there is a changing places facility which features a hoist for transfers, an online booking system and an accessibility upgrade to the surrounding urban area.

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Author: Kymberly Martin

Dated: September 5, 2018

Website: freedom2live


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