A NEW adult changing place on Great Eastern Highway in The Lakes is the first of its kind in the hills.
Changing places are secure, clean facilities for people with disability who need space and assistance to use the bathroom when out and about in the community.
The new changing place at BP Roadhouse includes a secure automatic door, hoist and adult changing table in a space large enough for two carers.
At the May council meeting Shire of Mundaring president John Daw said the facility allowed people with disability to travel more freely around the community.
“This is the first changing place to be provided by the private sector with the provision of above statutory requirements for access and inclusion instigated following discussion between the shire’s planning and access officers with BP staff,” he said.
There are four other facilities located across Perth City, Joondalup, Bibra Lake, Sorrento and Mount Pleasant, and 15 across the State.
Parkerville’s Anita Gamba, who has multiple sclerosis, spoke at the launch.
“It helps restore the dignity of people who live with disabilities by providing places where private can be kept just as that – private,” she said.
Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson also attended the launch.
“I congratulate BP and the shire for leading the way in providing accessible and inclusive facilities that reflect the diverse needs of the community,” Mr Dawson said.
The project was a joint collaboration between BP, the Department of Communities, National Disability Services WA, the Shire of Mundaring, People with Disabilities WA and Carers WA.
The Department granted funding to NDS WA to research a locking system for all changing place facilities to keep them safe and secure when they are not in use, so they are always available for those who need them.
WA companion card holders can access the changing places network for free.
By Claire Ottaviano