- Funding announced for new purpose-built wheelchairs for outdoor environments
- Better access to beaches, national parks and wilderness trails
- Opportunities for people with disability to connect to their community and participate in recreation activities
All-terrain wheelchairs will soon be available at more locations across Western Australia thanks to a State Government grant program.
Disability Services Minister Don Punch was at Floreat Surf Life Saving Club today to announce the 12 organisations across the State receiving funding totalling $100,000 to purchase all-terrain wheelchairs for public use at locations including beaches, national parks and wilderness trails.
All-terrain wheelchairs are purpose-built and designed for outdoor environments including sand, gravel and water.
They assist people with mobility impairments to access areas in which a traditional wheelchair cannot operate.
The new all-terrain wheelchairs will augment or update the 47 that that are currently available through local government authorities and surf life saving clubs.
In addition to funding the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair, grants can also be used to cover storage for the wheelchair, signage, promotion and accompanying accessibility products such as matting.
Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:
"Improving the availability of all-terrain wheelchairs at National Parks and beautiful beaches such as Floreat across WA will support people with disability to connect to their community and increase participation in recreation activities in the natural environment.
"The diversity of grant recipients shows that all-terrain wheelchairs can be a great asset to a community - with grants provided to both regional centres and in metropolitan Perth to enable people with disability access to bush trails, tourist attractions and junior surf lifesaving programs.
"Having access to the outdoor environment and the activities that go with it is a key part of an inclusive community, and I am pleased WA communities will be more accessible and inclusive thanks to the delivery of this election commitment."
Comments attributed to Churchlands MLA Christine Tonkin:
"The Floreat Surf Life Saving Club has a proud record of implementing inclusive programs; it runs a Starfish Nippers program (aimed at children 6 years and older with disabilities), and a Silver Salties program (aimed at those aged over 65). In addition, the club shares its facilities with a Valetudo gym facility, a registered NDIS provider of exercise physiology services. The presence of these programs and services bring people with disabilities of all ages into contact with the club.
"All-terrain wheelchairs will make access to the beach so much easier and more enjoyable for people with mobility limitations."
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All-Terrain Wheelchair Grants Program recipients 2021
|Access to Leisure and Sport Inc||$10,000||This grant will fund the purchase of a specialised trekking wheelchair for people with disability to access the Greenough and Chapman River walking trails.|
|City of Albany||$10,000||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use at Middleton Beach to complement the recent Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project. The all-terrain wheelchair will replace an old beach wheelchair and will provide greater choice to better suit the needs and preferences of people with disability.|
|City of Bunbury||$10,000||This grant will fund the purchase of a Freedom Trax, which attaches to a manual wheelchair. This will support people with disability to move independently and access Koombana Bay, Back Beach, the Leschenault Inlet, Mangrove Cove, Maidens Park and Manea Park, as well as surrounding trails, parks and beaches.|
|City of Karratha||$9,500||This grant will fund the purchase of Hippocampe all-terrain wheelchair and Mobi-Me Access Mat to replace the current all-terrain wheelchair. It will be stored at Karratha Tourism and Visitor Centre who will provide advice, recommendations and support to people using the wheelchair.|
|City of Mandurah||$8,500||This grant will fund the purchase of two types of all-terrain wheelchairs for use at the Estuary Pool and adjacent beach.|
|Floreat Surf Life Saving Club||$5,500||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to benefit children with disability in participating in the Floreat Surf Life Saving Club Starfish Nippers program, designed to support children with disability to experience the ocean and be educated on water safety.|
|Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club||$6,000||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair for use by the Mullaloo Mariners program and by people with disability using Mullaloo Beach. The all-terrain wheelchair will also improve the capacity of the Mullaloo Mariners' inclusive surf and water awareness program for children with disabilities.|
|Rottnest Foundation||$8,500||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair and walker which will be available for loan through the Pedal and Flipper Hire store. The all-terrain wheelchair and walker will be able to be used at Thomson Bay at the main settlement area and will also be able to be taken to other beaches via the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus.|
|Shire of Esperance||$10,000||This grant will fund the purchase of a Sand Rider beach wheelchair and beach matting for use at Town Beach, the Esperance Foreshore, the Esplanade and James Street Precinct. This will complement and enhance accessibility improvements being made to the Esperance Foreshore. |
|Shire of Mundaring||$6,000||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to increase access to community and social activities held at Lake Leschenaultia. The all-terrain wheelchair will improve accessibility and complement new accessibility upgrades and will improve inclusion for people with disability at community and social activities.|
|Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club||$8,000||This grant will fund the purchase of a beach wheelchair following consultation with key stakeholders in the local community, including a dedicated Beach Access for All working group.|
|Walpole-Nornalup Visitor Centre||$8,000||This grant will fund the purchase of an all-terrain wheelchair to enhance visitor and resident access and enjoyment of the region's parks and reserves, including the Valley of the Giants Trail Network.|