“The community asked for better access to our beaches and we listened.”
Mayor Tom Tate has proudly demonstrated new beach access equipment that has been rolled out at 10 locations across the Gold Coast.
The beach matting and wheelchairs will be available on weekends as part of the City’s Beach Access Program.
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When unveiling the $341,000 program at North Burleigh SLSC on Saturday Mayor Tate said it will not only benefit locals, but para-athletes who’ll soon be in town.
“With only a few weeks to go until the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, there has never been a more important time to ensure our city is accessible for people of all ages and abilities,” he said.
“Through our Accessible and Inclusive City Action Plan we are doing all we can to remove barriers, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works and visits the Gold Coast.”
Club volunteers will roll out the mats on weekends during patrol season, and when asked about its use Monday to Friday, the Mayor said to “watch this space”.
“Many families are already benefiting from the equipment that is available for free.”
Locations throughout the city include Kurrawa Beach, Nobby Beach, North Burleigh Beach, Palm Beach (Pacific SLSC), Southport Beach, Tallebudgera Beach, Tallebudgera Creek, Burleigh Heads Beach, Southport Broadwater Parklands (Aqua Splash), and City-wide use from Gold Coast Recreation and Sport, Southport.