Where Everyone Gets A Fair Go

Where Everyone Gets A Fair Go

Western Australia Minister for Disability Services Simon O’Brien

Forum To Explore How To Improve Access To The Beach

Victor P Taffa

Ways to improve and expand access to Western Australia’s Beaches will be examined in a beach and water access forum hosted by the State Government with Cottesloe, Rockingham and Cockburn councils and Surf Life Saving WA.

Disability Services Minister Simon O’Brien said representatives from State and Local Governments; Surf Life Saving Clubs; Land Development Companies and Sport and Recreation Bodies are invited to the Forum in Hillarys today.

A demonstration at the start of the forum will show how Beach Wheelchairs and Matting, which are being used at some WA Beaches, can assist people with Disability get on to the sand or into the water.

Mr. O’Brien said that making sure everyone could access beaches was important.

“Summer is almost here and we need to ensure that everyone, including people who use mobility aids and equipment, or those with young children, can enjoy our beautiful beaches, lakes and rivers.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“Simple things like being able to go down to the water’s edge are taken for granted by most people.”

“Ensuring everyone can access all public facilities is a central part of the State’s long-term vision for an inclusive community.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“The Count Me In: Disability Future Directions strategy aims to create communities that are welcoming and accessible to everyone.” Mr. O’Brien said.

Presenters at today’s forum will include a regular user of a beach wheelchair and matting, local governments, Surf Life Saving WA and their partners.  They will examine what works, what doesn’t work and how to improve access onto the beach and into the water.