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Big boost for adventure playground with new all abilities facilities coming soon

Monday 22 October, 2018

The Community Bank ® Adventure Playground in Wallan is about to get even better with a new state-of-the-art change room and toilet facility coming soon.

The Changing Places facility features the latest all abilities access design including a height adjustable adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system and space for a carer to easily fit.

Fabrication of the new facility has begun off-site. A sod turn was held on site this week. The $140,000 project is funded through the Department of Health and Human Services ($100,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($40,000).

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Rhonda Sanderson said the new facilities were a welcome addition to the playground.

“We worked very hard to provide an inclusive adventure playground and splash park for people of all ages to enjoy. This new addition will give us even more reason to be proud of this amazing play space,” Cr Sanderson said.

“We identified the need as a priority when we developed plans for the playground. We’ve secured funding and we’re getting on with delivering it, so everyone can enjoy this park to its full extent.

“People with a severe and profound disability can have a day out without having to worry about how they are going to go to the toilet or get changed. They can use the splash park knowing they can get changed easily with dignity and privacy assured.”

The facility will be a part of a broader network of Changing Places facilities across the state. It means people with a disability can map out their journey based on where the facilities are.

Cr Sanderson said she hoped the addition would encourage even more people from across Victoria to come and enjoy the playground.

“We get a lot of interest from people looking to visit, but they need to be able to access suitable toilet facilities,” she said.

“The Changing Places facilities are based on modular designs that will be used across Australia so people can be assured that they will have what they need.

“We hope this means even more people will come to enjoy our inclusive play space, spend some time in our region and tell their friends and family all about it.

“It also means people who live locally can make the most of this fantastic regional playground and take part with the same level of dignity that the rest of us take for granted.”

Cr Sanderson thanked the Victorian Government for their support and local MPs Danielle Green and Jaclyn Symes for their work to secure this funding.

“We’re strongly committed to improving all abilities access across all council facilities,” she said.

“Funding opportunities like this one make the world of difference to our ability to deliver for our community.”

Construction is occurring off-site. On-site installation is planned to start in early December and will hopefully be complete by Christmas.

Take a virtual tour of a Changing Places toilet