STATE OF THE ART ACCESSIBILITY COMES TO GISBORNE

Gisborne is now accessible for all with the opening of Victoria’s latest Changing Places facility at Gisborne Adventure Playground.

Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas today officially unveiled the new state-of-the-art Changing Places toilet facility.

Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets, and have extra features such as a tracking hoist, adult sized change table and more space to meet the needs of all people with a disability.

The Victorian Government is providing $2.6 million to fund a network of 26 Changing Places across the state. Macedon Ranges Shire Council was successful in receiving funding of $100,000 to build the Gisborne facility.

Victoria was the first Australian state to launch Changing Places and continues to lead the way nationally in making public spaces more accessible.

On 1 May 2019, the National Construction Code was updated to include new ‘accessible adult change facilities’ based on the Changing Places design. These facilities are now required in specified public buildings such as large shopping centres, sports stadiums, theatres, aquatic centres, museums, art galleries and airports.

Changing Places is a key priority of the Absolutely Everyone State Disability Plan for 2017–2020, which commits the Victorian Government to a range of actions in partnership with the community to achieve greater inclusion.

To find out more about Changing Places and to find a facility near you please visit: https://changingplaces.org.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“Gisborne Adventure Playground is a meeting place for the community and this fantastic new facility makes it accessible for every Victorian.”

“The Victorian Government is absolutely committed to inclusion for all Victorians, and Changing Places is a key part of making this happen.”

Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas

“Changing Places plays an essential role in opening our recreation spaces to all people, including those with a disability.”

“I’m proud that we are reducing barriers to participation, not only in Gisborne, but across the stat