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Published Friday 1 March 2019
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Changing Places facility now open

The Community Bank ® Adventure Playground in Wallan is now home to a new state-of-the-art change room and toilet facility following the unveiling of a Changing Places facility today.

Mitchell Shire Council was joined by Member for Yan Yean Danielle Green to unveil the $140,000 project that 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 support.

The project was funded by the Department of Health and Human Services ($100,000) and Mitchell Shire Council ($40,000).

Mitchell Shire Mayor Councillor Bill Chisholm said the facility is a great addition to Wallan.

“The Changing Places facility is going to enhance opportunities for Mitchell Shire residents, and those who will visit our shire, who may be living with disability or know someone in their family with a disability. Having inclusive facilities is key for Mitchell Shire Council,” he said.

“We identified these toilets as a priority when the adventure playground was developed, so it was great to secure all the funding required to deliver this project.

“Being able to take advantage of the adventure playground and the splash park knowing you have a place to easily change clothes will be a tremendous boost for so many community members.”

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.

Mayor Chisholm also thanked the state government for supporting the project.

“Programs like these are crucial to communities like Mitchell Shire and funding projects like these make the world of difference,” Mayor Chisholm said.

Access to the facility is through a MLAK key – a universal system which allows accredited people access to these facilities across the world.

To see a Changing Places toilet, you can take a virtual tour online.