New disabled facilities at Echo Point

Opening: Prue Hardgrove from council, Cr Chris Van der Kley, Minister Ray Williams, Michael Patterson from Family and Community Services and MP Trish Doyle.

Opening: Prue Hardgrove from council, Cr Chris Van der Kley, Minister Ray Williams, Michael Patterson from Family and Community Services and MP Trish Doyle.

A new disabled toilet at Echo Point will allow people with a disability to look after their own needs rather than relying on carers.

The toilet has a ceiling hoist and extra space to give users greater independence.

Prue Hardgrove, aged and disability officer with council, said up to five per cent of people with a disability can’t use a standard disabled toilet.

The facility was partly funded by council and by a $24,000 grant from the state government as part of a program to increase the number of lift and change facilities in NSW.

Deputy mayor, Chris Van der Kley, said 2.5 million people visited Echo Point every year.

“The new facility is now available to the estimated 20,000-50,000 visitors with a disability, ensuring their experience, and that of their carers, is more comfortable and enjoyable,” he said.

The change room/toilet was opened by the Minister for Disability Service, Ray Williams, who said the state government was committed to identifying opportunities to ensure people with a disability can live life their way.

“Lift and change facilities in NSW will ensure people with a disability, their carers and families are not excluded from opportunities available to everyone else,” he said.

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