- McGowan Government delivering on $2 million election commitment
- Program to improve access and in-park experiences for visitors with disability
- Grant agreements signed with partners Break the Boundary Inc and Nature Play WA
A new $2 million initiative is set to improve disability access in national parks and across Western Australia's conservation estate.
Accessible Parks WA is a partnership between the State Government, Nature Play WA and Break the Boundary Inc to develop trails, paths, canoe ramps, boardwalks and activity hubs, as well as improved visitor information on the Explore Parks WA website for people with disability.
Nature Play WA will also deliver events, lesson plans for schools, and employ innovative methods to share WA's unique ecology and Aboriginal culture, so that families of children of all abilities can enjoy areas including nature reserves, marine parks and national parks.
Break the Boundary, which supports adaptive mountain biking and trail use, will build on its existing activity hub near Kalamunda by developing two new regional activity hubs.
The four main components of the Accessible Parks WA initiative are:
- $1million for infrastructure improvements for visitors with disability in parks including Perth Hills, Walpole-Nornalup, Lake Kepwari, Yanchep and Dryandra;
- $570,000 towards a Nature Play WA partnership delivering the 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative to connect children with disability to the conservation estate via an app;
- The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will partner with Break the Boundary to develop in-park access experiences for visitors with disability, with $250,000 invested in the creation of two regional activity hubs; and
- $180,000 for disability access information improvements on the Explore Parks WA website.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
"The McGowan Government is delivering on its election promise to improve access to parks for people with disability, allowing more children and young people to engage with nature.
"Making parks more accessible helps improve the wellbeing of people with disability and the health of the wider community. I look forward to partnering with Nature Play WA and Break the Boundary to promote recreational activities in national parks around the State."
Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:
"This is a fantastic initiative to improve access to some of WA's wonderful national parks for the benefit of all people with disability.
"I particularly look forward to seeing the enjoyment these upgraded and more accessible facilities bring children and young people with disability, their carers, family and friends, service providers and educators."
Environment Minister's office - 6552 6300
Disability Services Minister's office - 6552 6900