Changing Place bathroom and toilet at Sorrento Beach opens


Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, Rachel Griffiths (Carramar),Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski. Picture: Martin Kennealey d477314
Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob, Rachel Griffiths (Carramar),Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson and Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski. Picture: Martin Kennealey d477314

THE first Changing Place bathroom and toilet facility in the northern suburbs was officially opened at Sorrento Beach on Wednesday to coincide with Disability Awareness Week.

Changing Place facilities are private and secure bathrooms and toilets designed for people with disability.

They have enough space for two carers, a height-adjustable adult change table, ceiling hoist and a shower with a seat.

To keep them safe and reserved for people who need them, while still allowing people with disability 24/7 access, they are locked using the Master Locksmith Access Key system.

There are currently about seven facilities in WA, with another 17 under construction.

The Changing Place at Sorrento Beach.

A $110,000 grant from the Department of Community, Disability Services helped fund the City of Joondalup project in partnership with the WA Local Government Association,

Joondalup mayor Albert Jacob and Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson were among the dignitaries to attend the opening event, which also featured a performance from Catch Music.

“We hope this facility encourages people with disability to enjoy this spectacular and popular section of our coastline this summer,” Mr Jacob said.

To access the Changing Places facility, visit one of the City’s customer service centres or email community.development@joondalup.wa.gov.au to register for a key.

The Changing Place facility at Sorrento Beach is close to the Sunset Coast tourist drive and walking trail, local parks and reserves and Hillarys Boat Harbour where the City’s beach wheelchair is free to hire.

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