Premier opens elements with a focus on access and inclusion

Published: Friday, 24 June 2016 at 12:00:00 AM

WA Premier Colin Barnett has today opened three facilities on the Geraldton Foreshore that have a strong emphasis on access and inclusion.

A wheelchair beach access ramp, the Francis Street Finger Jetty and the Changing Places facility were all officially opened, highlighting the City’s dedication to access and inclusion.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the three elements kept in line with community’s top priority.

“Access and inclusion was identified as a top priority during the 2015/16 10-year Capital Works Plan and the City remains committed to improving the lives of those living with disability,” he said.

“Providing accessible and inclusive facilities on the Geraldton Foreshore is just one of the measures to ensure all members of our community can enjoy our coastal lifestyle, regardless of ability.”

Upgrades to the Foreshore toilet block are complete and it now features an integrated adult change table and hoist facility, making it the first facility in WA to receive type 2 ‘Changing Places’ accreditation.

The Changing Places facility also provides people with disabilities the opportunity to enjoy the beach via the newly installed mobility beach access path for wheelchairs. A specially designed beach wheelchair is also available for use.

In addition to the Changing Places facility, the Francis Street Finger Jetty was recently demolished and rebuilt as a 39m long and 1.3m wide stepped jetty that makes it easier for people with mobility impairments to board and disembark vessels.

Totalling over $875,000 the elements were partially funded by the Disability Services Commission and the Department of Transport Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme and the City.

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