Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Changing Place for people with disability now open in Kings Park

    26/07/2019 3:15 PM
     
    • McGowan Government working to deliver accessible facilities for people with disability
    • $177,939 for new changing and toilet facility in Kings Park
    • 31 Changing Place facilities across WA as part of a national network

    People with disability can now visit Kings Park without worrying about accessing the bathroom thanks to a new Changing Place facility at Saw Avenue Picnic Area.

     

    The $177,939 Changing Place facility, jointly funded by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority and the Department of Communities, provides a safe and fully accessible toilet and change facility for people with disability and their carers.

     

    The Changing Place is part of the existing toilets next to the popular adventure play and picnic area at the Saw Avenue parkland, which is also designed to be accessible for children and adults with disabilities.

     

    The facility includes an electronically operated ceiling hoist and change table and an automatic door secured with a Master Locksmiths Access Key. This provides access only to eligible users and their carers ensuring the facilities are safe and clean for those who need them.

     

    This will help to ensure that everyone in the community has appropriate bathroom facilities to meet their needs while enjoying a day in Kings Park, improving the quality of their lives.

     

    The new Changing Place facility is one of 100 similar facilities now available across Australia with 31 in Western Australia.

     

    The State Government has provided $2 million to support the establishment of Changing Places across WA to improve the accessibility of a variety of venues and services for Western Australians with disability.

     

    Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "Kings Park is a top tourism and recreational destination in Western Australia and this facility significantly improves amenities for people with disability to ensure they can experience this much-loved community resource.

     

    "The growing network of Changing Places ensures people with disability have increased options to travel around and engage in recreation activities across the State.

     

    "Changing Places gives people with disability the confidence to travel and enjoy time away from home with family and friends without worrying about whether access to facilities will be an issue."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800