The Member for Kiama, Gareth Ward, and the NSW Minister for Disability Services, Ray Williams, have opened a new adult change facility at Kiama Harbour, near the Scout Hall.
Lift & Change facilities are larger than a standard accessible changing facility and include extra features such as a ceiling hoist and change table to cater to a broad range of needs.
“All members of our community should be able to participate in local activities,” says Mr Ward.
South Coast Mother, Annette Pham, whose son has a profound disability has been a leading advocate for improving change facilities.
“It’s wonderful to finally have an adult change facility in Kiama. Something so simple like access to a suitable toilet is something people with profound disabilities cannot take for granted.
“Thanks to the new Changing Place Toilet at Kiama Harbour we will no longer have to change our 15 year old son on a park bench or on a public toilet floor.”
The NSW Government is running the trial in partnership with Local Government NSW and Spinal Cord Injuries Australia to meet commitments in the NSW Disability Inclusion Plan and the NSW Carers Strategy.