Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’ Brien
Beach holiday house opens for people with disabilities
Victor P Taffa
Most Western Australians love a beach holiday and people with disabilities can now enjoy one at a dedicated house in Bunbury run by a charity organisation.
Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien today opened the four-bedroom holiday house on behalf of the Premier.
“A Lotterywest grant of more than $27,000 was used to pay for furniture and fittings, chosen to suit people with disabilities.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Minister said the project was a great example of how the community could start putting the State Government’s new Disability Future Directions strategy into practice.
“Priorities of the new strategy include more accessible homes and full participation for people with disabilities, including recreation.” Mr. O’ Brien said.
“People with disabilities using the house can bring their own support worker of the charity, Baptistcare, can engage one for them.”
Bunbury MLA John Castrilli welcomed the facility.
“This house will offer people with disabilities the chance to enjoy something close to the hearts of most Western Australians – a break with friends and family enjoying sun, sea and sand.” Mr. Castrilli said.
Baptistcare spokesperson Rob Douglas said the organisation was keen to find ways to help people with disabilities receive the best possible service and a holiday house was an ideal way of meeting needs in the region.
“It provides an opportunity for people with disabilities in other parts of WA who may wish to have a holiday at the beach.” Mr. Douglas said.