- Changing Places improve community access for people with significant disability
- First WA facility to be located at Elizabeth Quay with new Perth Stadium and Yagan Square to follow
- A network of Changing Places across metro and regional WA
- More than 120,000 people with severe or profound disability in WA
Western Australia's first Changing Places toilet and change facility for people with disability will open at Elizabeth Quay from mid-2016.
Changing Places provide secure and clean facilities specifically designed for people who need space and assistance to manage their bathroom needs while in the community.
Disability Services Minister Helen Morton said the State Government would invest $2 million to develop a State-wide network which would provide more opportunities for people with disability to participate in the community.
"There are more than 120,000 people with severe or profound disability in WA, many of whom rely on specialist bathroom equipment usually only available in their homes, so their access to the community is limited," Mrs Morton said.
"This project will build public facilities in key locations that will meet people's needs including an adult-sized change table and a ceiling hoist to lift a person, as well as room for two carers."
The Changing Places facility at Elizabeth Quay will be located opposite the BHP Billiton Water Park, close to Esplanade train station.
A facility has also been incorporated into the design for the new Perth Stadium and Yagan Square at Perth City Link with others being considered for the Waterbank precinct near the Causeway as part of the Riverside project, and the New Museum.
Planning Minister John Day said the inclusion of a Changing Places facility in a number of the State's major projects would ensure they were available for all West Australians to enjoy.
"The Government is investing in projects that are transforming this State and a major priority for me is that they are available for everyone to visit and enjoy," Mr Day said.
"The addition of a Changing Places facility will ensure these projects are truly accessible to all West Australians. I am pleased that the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Disability Services Commission are working together to make this happen."
Changing Places will be built over the next two years through a partnership between the Disability Services Commission, WA Local Government Association and National Disability Services WA.
- Changing Places do not replace standard accessible toilets
- Locations to be determined through stakeholder consultation
- All Changing Places will be built to the same specification
- For more information, visit http://www.disability.wa.gov.au
Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 6900
Planning Minister's office - 6552 6200