Changing places is here in twin towns

April 13, 2018

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp joined community members to announce the funding for a new disabled toilet in Echuca

ECHUCA will receive a new disabled toilet to make the community more accessible.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp was in town on Wednesday to unveil the new “changing places” bathroom , which is an example of best practice design to ensure people with a disability have access to bathrooms that are bigger and safer.

Changing places was launched in the UK in 2006, with more than 550 changing places facilities now in place across the country.

In Victoria, facilities have been built at the MCG, Melbourne Zoo and several major shopping centres.

The project has opened a world of possibility for the thousands of individuals who require specialised toilet facilities.

The toilets have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers, who would otherwise not be able to use standard or even ambulant toilets.

Each facility has adjustable height, an adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, enough space for two people and provides a safer, cleaner environment.

Council will contribute a further $80,000 to the project which requires the facility to be built to set guidelines and specifications meaning they all have the necessary features to comfortably change an adult.

Campaspe Shire Mayor Adrian Weston said the new toilet was an important step in making the twin towns accessible for everyone.

“Changing places has opened up a life outside of the home for many people and the central Echuca location will support local disability service providers as well as tourists,” he said.

“The facility will be built at the High St carpark in Echuca, adjacent to the Echuca Band Hall and existing public toilets.

“The site has been selected due to its central location, close to the central business district and shops with suitable parking as well as short distance to the port precinct.”

Mr Gepp said the toilets were an important addition to Echuca and one that could change the lives of disabled people.

“This is about providing bigger, safer and more accessible bathrooms for people with a disability, so they can enjoy the very best of our state,” he said.

“I am thrilled to see a changing places toilet has come to Echuca to give people with disabilities and their carers the opportunity to do things we often take for granted.”

With funding now confirmed, construction is planned to start by June with the works completed by November 2018.

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