Two new Changing Places facilities are now open on the Gold Coast in a bid to enhance the lifestyle and wellbeing of people of all ages and abilities in the city.
The new facilities at Burleigh Heads and Southport Broadwater Parklands cost $150,000 each and include a height adjustable changing bench, ceiling hoist, shower and toilet. The doorways have also been designed to accommodate beach wheelchairs.
The opening of the new facilities now brings the number of adult changing centres on the coast to five.
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“To see an investment in facilities like this reminds me why it is such a privilege to be Mayor of the Gold Coast,” Mayor Tom Tate said at the opening of the Burleigh facility today.
“We have a motto in Council that reads ‘we leave no-one behind’ and that is the case with these changing facilities that allow families, and individuals, to get out and about and enjoy everything our city has to offer.
“With the largest integrated para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history next April, these facilities will benefit many, giving people privacy and dignity which is a great outcome.’’
Division 12 Councillor Pauline Young said the Burleigh facility would allow more visitors to come to the area and provide a safe and private change facility.
“It makes me proud to know that we are investing ratepayer funds in projects like this,’’ she said.
The City has also signed up to the national RECHARGE Scheme™ to develop a network of recharge points for users of electric mobility devices visiting selected City facilities.
Council will also this week launch mobility maps to assist residents and visitors to move around the Gold Coast safely and will include information on accessible toilets, change facilities, accessible car parking spaces, places of interest and key buildings and services.
The maps will be available in hard copy and electronic formats from cityofgoldcoast.com.au/inclusion