Gold Coast Surf Life Savers and volunteers are working together to ensure Surfers Paradise Beach is accessible to everyone this summer.
Surfers Paradise Surf Life Saving Club (SP SLSC) and Volunteering Gold Coast have partnered up, and will provide beach wheelchairs, accessible beach Mobi Mat, a mobile hoist and a team of volunteers to implement the project over the 2019/2020 season.
The Mobi Mats will be rolled out onto the sand at Surfers Paradise Beach, to create a smooth surface for people who are mobility impaired, have difficulty walking, or have a pram.
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Surfers Paradise SLSC President Trevor Hendy says ‘The Accessible Beaches Project’ has been a dream come true for the club.
“We were lucky enough to receive the beach mats some time ago, but have been unable to use them due to a lack of resources.
“Now, in collaboration with Volunteering Gold Coast, we are able to not only fulfill our dream of making everything accessible for everybody, we can also make the world of difference to many people who have not been able to access the beach,” Mr Hendy said.
Volunteering Gold Coast CEO Simon Nugus says he’s extremely excited for summer this year.
“Volunteering Gold Coast & International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) are delighted this project has come to fruition.
“Working collaboratively with organisations that align with our values is fundamental.
“By optimising social impact through harnessing innovation and promoting inclusion, we have been able to ensure this iconic beach is accessible for everybody,” Mr Nugus said.
The partnership is now calling on volunteers to ensure the project is sustainable.
Volunteers will receive onsite training, a uniform, meals, and a certificate.
Plus, they’ll receive honorary membership to the SP SLSC.
For those hoping to use the facilities, they will need to be booked.
For more information, to book or to volunteer, click here.