The beach is for everybody — that’s why Port Stephens Council is partnering with Ability Links, Accessible Beaches Australia and Surf Life Saving NSW to make our beaches more accessible.
An Accessible Beach Day is being held at Fingal Beach this Sunday 18 November to demonstrate new floating wheelchairs recently purchased by Ability Links for Port Stephens beaches.
Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says it’s a fantastic initiative that is being launched in time for the summer beach season.
“Our Accessible Beach Day is an opportunity to see these brand new chairs in action! They will soon be available for anyone to use at Fingal, One Mile and Birubi beaches,” he said.
“With the help of Ability Links, this Council is working hard to improve the quality of life for people living with a disability across Port Stephens.
“We’re lucky to have many beautiful beaches and this initiative will ensure that everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy them.”
Ability Links program manager Leonie Miller congratulated all those involved with the Beaches For Everybody initiative.
“We have walked alongside Surf Life Saving Clubs, their members and guests, beach users and Port Stephens Council to put meaningful measures in place to make our beaches more accessible and inclusive of every body,” Ms Miller said.
“The results are a testament to the willingness of all involved to open our communities up more and more to people with disabilities, their families and carers. Bring on summer!”
About this event:
The Accessible Beach Day is being held at Fingal Beach from 10am-1pm Sunday 18 November. Come along to see the new Mobi-Mat, Davinci chair and the Mobi-Chair Floating Wheelchair in action and try for yourself. BBQ lunch will be served from 11am — all are welcome to attend.