Disability Services Minister Donna Faragher today announced the opening of Western Australia's first privately funded Changing Place.
The facility at BP's The Lakes service station in Chidlow will complement the network of 25 Changing Places across WA.
Changing Places are secure, clean facilities for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community. They are different to standard accessible toilets and have an adult-sized change table, hoist and enough space for two people to help.
The Liberal National Government has allocated $2 million to fund and support local governments to develop a Changing Places network throughout regional WA and the Perth metropolitan area.
The network is designed to improve access and inclusion for people with disability so they can fully participate in community life, travel and visit as many places in Western Australia as they would like. BP Australia is the first private business in WA to self-fund and complete a Changing Places facility.
Across WA, the facilities have been developed in tourist and coastal areas, shopping precincts and regional hubs.
"I'm delighted that BP is now leading the way in the private sector by being the first company in WA to build a Changing Place and join the network," Mrs Faragher said.
"This helps address the need for specialised bathroom facilities around the State, to support people with disability to travel more freely around the community.
"This Changing Place at The Lakes provides an opportunity for people to visit the beautiful parks and reserves in the area, or travel further afield, with the knowledge that they have access to appropriate bathroom facilities."
Minister's office - 6552 5300