Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, has praised the Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) and disability advocacy and services group, Ability Links NSW, for their seamless roll out of a new inclusive beach access initiative at Toowoon Bay Beach on February 9.
Mehan along with fellow Central Coast Labor representatives, Liesl Tesch and Emma McBride, joined Toowoon Bay SLSC, Ability Links NSW, representatives from disability service providers, Push Mobility and Accessible Beaches, and members of the local community, in launching the SLSC’s new accessible beach matting.
The matting will allow beach goers living with disability unprecedented access to the beach as it is safe for use by ordinary wheelchairs.
The club also launched its new floating wheelchair on the day, which along with the matting, was made available through the NSW Government’s Beaches for Everybody program.
It was a particularly poignant day for 78-year-old local woman, Maggie Moulder, who was able to enjoy her first ocean swim in 12 years.
“What another fantastic day to be your local Member.
“I had a great time with Liesl Tesch and Emma McBride helping locals take advantage of our new disability access at Toowoon Bay Beach,” Mehan said.
Toowoon Bay SLSC will be rolling out the matting from 10am to 3pm every Saturday until the end of April.
Beach goers can also request access to one of the club’s three beach wheelchairs or the floating wheelchair whenever the beach is patrolled.
Websites, Feb 9
David Mehan, Member for The Entrance
Graham Sherer, Toowoon Bay Surf Life Saving Club