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Changing Places Facility Drives Accessibility

Published: Friday, 10 August 2018 at 8:46:13 AM

Port Hedland’s commitment to accessibility and inclusion for the future was strengthened yesterday with the official opening of the Pilbara’s first Changing Places Facility at South Hedland Aquatic Centre.

This facility is one of 19 Changing Places across Western Australian and joins a global network to provide more accessible toileting facilities for people with a disability.

Unlike standard accessible toilets, Changing Places includes an adult sized change table, hoist, accessible toilet, shower, and grants more space for both users and their carers.

Mayor Camilo Blanco said the opening of the facility sends a strong message of inclusion to the community.

“The official opening of this facility means people of all abilities can visit the Aquatic Centre with the peace of mind that their basic needs can be met in a comfortable, clean and dignified setting.

“This service incorporates state of the art accessibility technology, empowering people with a disability and their carers to enjoy the freedoms many of us take for granted.

“Importantly, this facility says that we are a Town that values everyone’s involvement and participation in communal life.

“I would like to thank the strong advocacy and collaboration between community members, Council and the WA Government for working over many years to make this a reality.”

Use of the facility is subject to the opening times of the South Hedland Aquatic Centre, which can be found at http://www.porthedlandleisure.com.au/south-hedland-aquatic.aspx  

To enquire about access to the facility contact the Town of Port Hedland - 9158 9300.

For media information:
Laura Hawes
Manager Marketing Communication and Events
(08) 9158 9365 | lhawes@porthedland.wa.gov.au

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