- Changing Places to be built at popular recreational venues in Perth and regional WA thanks to McGowan Government election commitment funding
- These specialist bathrooms provide suitable toilet and changing facilities for people with complex needs who cannot use standard accessible toilets
- New additions to the Changing Places network will open up travel options for people with disability wanting to visit new parts of the State
Travelling around Western Australia is set to become easier for people with disability with a boost in the availability of accessible specialist toilet and changing facilities in metropolitan and regional areas.
An additional 11 Changing Places will be built across WA thanks to an investment of $1.7 million, delivering on part of the $2 million McGowan Government election commitment to support the construction of additional Changing Places over the next two years.
Changing Places are trademarked, specialist bathroom facilities for people who cannot use a standard or accessible toilet. They are dedicated, room-sized facilities that include a ceiling hoist, height-adjustable adult-sized change table and room for two carers to assist. Changing Places may also include a combined accessible shower facility and privacy screen to uphold the user's dignity.
There are now 34 Changing Places across WA, with 22 in metropolitan Perth and 12 in regional centres.
The successful funding recipients include:
- Ability Centre Australasia Ltd, for the construction of a Changing Places facility as part of the Murdoch Health and Knowledge precinct;
- City of Fremantle, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at South Beach;
- City of Mandurah, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at the Eastern Foreshore;
- City of Rockingham, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at Churchill Park;
- City of South Perth, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at Sir James Mitchell Park;
- Shire of Augusta-Margaret River, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at the Margaret River Recreation and Aquatic Centre;
- Shire of Broome, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at the Cable Beach Foreshore;
- Shire of Harvey, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at the Leschenault Leisure Centre;
- Shire of Wyndham East Kimberley, for the construction of a Changing Places facility at the Kununurra Leisure Centre; and
- City of Wanneroo, to purchase two pre-fabricated, portable 'Marveloos', to be situated at Quinns Beach and Kingsway while permanent Changing Places are built at these two locations and then used for festivals and events.
Expanding the network of Changing Places across WA will encourage people with disability, their families and carers to enjoy their local community and visit other parts of the State.
Comments attributed to Disability Services Minister Don Punch:
"Expanding Western Australia's network of Changing Places has been one of my priorities in the Disability Services portfolio, and it is great to see so many popular locations across the State will now have Changing Places thanks to this election commitment.
"An additional eleven Changing Places have been commissioned just this year, and they are fast becoming a more familiar part of the built environment across Western Australia.
"Accessible tourism is an integral part of economic development in regional WA, and it is great to see new travel opportunities for people with disability opening up with so many of the Changing Places funded in this round in key tourist destinations."
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