The Andrews Labor Government is improving accessibility for people with disability by funding the construction of 13 new Changing Places facilities in the community.
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Lizzie Blandthorn recently announced $2.3 million in funding for 13 new recipients of Changing Places.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney said the funding in the latest round included an investment in new facilities for the Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre in Torquay.
The program offers grants of up to $180,000 to councils, not-for-profit community organisations and tourist destinations to construct fully accessible toilet facilities to ensure public spaces can be enjoyed by all Victorians and visitors.
Sites to receive funding for new facilities in this round of Changing Places grants include the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Smiths Beach foreshore at Phillip Island and other public places such as playgrounds, libraries and parks.
Each Changing Place has a height-adjustable adult-sized changing table, a ceiling tracking hoist system, and enough space for two people either side of a peninsular toilet, making community spaces and events more accessible for people with disability.
Since 2015 the Labor Government has invested around $10.4 million in new Changing Places initiatives, supporting the construction of 70 facilities. In 2022-23, the Labor Government’s Changing Places program invested $5.4 million to build 30 new facilities throughout Victoria.
For more information visit providers.dffh.vic.gov.au/changing-places.
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria Gayle Tierney
“It goes without saying that people with disabilities, their families and carers should be able to plan a day out without needing to worry about whether they’ll have access to suitable toilet facilities.”
“These facilities are important to ensure everyone can enjoy everything that Torquay has to offer and feel included in community life.”
“Accessible facilities throughout our community are essential to creating an inclusive and comfortable environment for all Victorians and visitors.”
Quote attributed to Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Liz Pattison
“The Surf Coast Aquatic and Health Centre will bring significant health and wellbeing benefits for all sectors of our community, and accessibility will be a major focus throughout the facility.”
“Changing Places are invaluable facilities which can expand the activity horizons of people living with high physical needs. We welcome this Victorian Government funding support for a Changing Places facility which will enhance our new centre as a health and wellbeing asset for all.”