Victorians with a disability will soon have more accessible bathrooms in their community, thanks to a $2 million Andrews Labor Government investment to boost access and equality.
Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP today urged local governments and not-for-profit organisations to apply for one of 20 grants to help build a Changing Place in Western Victoria.
Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets that have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability.
Each facility has a height-adjustable, adult-size changing bench, a tracking hoist system and space for two people in a safe and clean environment.
The facilities support more than 326,000 Victorians with complex disabilities and enable greater participation within the community.
The Labor Government has funded Changing Places at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Victoria Park in Ballarat and a mobile Marveloo available for public hire at events and festivals managed by Maroondah City council. A sixth facility located in the Shepparton CBD is scheduled for completion this year.
Applications are open until 13 October.
For more information go to www.dhs.vic.gov.au/changingplaces
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“Changing Places are changing lives for people with a disability – that’s why we’re investing in them.”
“Building more of these bigger, safer, more accessible bathrooms will enable people with disabilities in Western Victoria to live their lives with greater freedom, and participate more fully in our community.”
“Changing Places are a huge step forward in making the communities in Western Victoria accessible for everyone.”