City beach matting trial proving a success

2 December 2016

Mayor Tom Tate has today praised residents and visitors for supporting the beach matting trial at Burleigh Beach, with thousands of beach goers using the facility to access the oceanfront.

“We’ve had permanent beach matting at Broadwater Parklands for years. The Burleigh trial is the first that allows access to an ocean beach,’’ he said.

“The surprising result to date is that it is not just those in a wheelchair using the matting to enjoy a beach experience. Parents with prams, those using a walking aid and others with general mobility issues have all used the facility to easily access one of the world’s best beaches.’’

Mayor Tate said with tomorrow being the International Day of People with a Disability, it was timely to launch a further service the City offers.

“Everyone deserves a beach experience so we have beach-accessible wheelchairs available for free hire.

“The chairs are at Burleigh Heads Mowbray Surf Lifesaving Club and also available from Gold Coast Sport and Recreation.

“This allows those in a chair to transfer from their personal wheelchair into a beach chair so they can get into the water and enjoy what so many others take for granted.’’

The chairs have been booked 35 times since the beach matting trial started at Burleigh 11 weeks ago.

“My ideal goal is to see beach matting at a range of ocean beaches along the coastline,’’ he said.

“But we will wait for the trial to end next April and then assess the data.’’

The beach access trial began on 17 September 2016 and goes until April 2017.

For details: http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/community/beach-access-points-platforms-for-wheelchairs-2981.html

To book, phone 07 5535 2419. For more information, visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/beachaccess, email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au or call 1300 GOLDCOAST (1300 465 326).

 

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