Access and Inclusion
Disability access is the number one priority on the City's 10 Year Capital Works Plan and Council has responded with ongoing plans to improve disability access and inclusion throughout the City.
The City consults regularly with disability sector representatives to identify areas of improvement that could be made to existing infrastructure and also in developing new major infrastructure projects for the City to ensure universal access is achieved where possible.
The City aims for its facilities to promote access and inclusion so everyone is able to enjoy a variety of activities that may not have been previously available to them. More here
Mobility Beach Access Ramp
Construction of a beach wheelchair ramp located across from the basketball half court on Town Beach was completed in May 2016. The ramp which is specifically designed and engineered to counteract erosion from the sea features stainless steel handrails for users down to the high water mark on the beach. More here
The $285,000 project was partially funded with the Disability Services Commission, a grant funding program administered by the Western Australian Local Government Association contributing $50,000 (Inc GST).
Foreshore 'Changing Place'
The refurbishment of the Town Beach toilet block located behind the Geraldton Visitor Centre in the Youth Precinct is part of the ongoing West End Revitalisation which includes the construction of the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre and the recently completed Youth Precinct. The Town Beach toilet block is the first Changing Place facility in WA.
The newly refurbished toilet block is fitted with accessible change facilities featuring an adjustable adult change table and hoist as well as ambulant toilet and shower facilities.
The Town Beach toilet block is the first facility in the state to receive Type 2 'Changing Place' accreditation. Changing Places are internationally recognised facilities.
Access is via a key which is available at the Visitors Centre however the City is also able to provide a key to those who need to use such a facility regularly. You will find an application form for the key here
Applicants will need to submit their application form, including photo ID, in person at the Civic Centre on Cathedral Avenue . An Applicant can be a user, carer or organisation and you will be periodically surveyed by email on your usage in order to retain your key.
The City received $100,000 in grant funding from the Disability Service Commission administered by the Western Australian Local Governments Association to go towards accessible amenities and adult change facilities at Town Beach. More here
The City continually improves access and inclusion by strategically creating ACROD (Australian Council for Rehabilitation of Disabled) parking spots. ACROD parking is included in the planning of new facilities such as the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre and the Youth Precinct.
Newly installed ACROD Parking at Glendinning Park and in front of the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre in the West End.
The City has an ongoing commitment to enhance access and inclusion throughout the city. Our footpath program is ensuring, where possible, all new and renewed footpaths are designed and built to meet current Australian Standards.
Footpath along Chapman Road between Davis and Smith Streets before and after the renewal works.