THE City of Wanneroo is encouraging more people to use its beach wheelchairs after launching a second one this summer.
The Yanchep Sandcruiser has been used once since it was launched last month, while the Quinns Beach Trekker has been used six times since its launch in summer 2017.
The wheelchairs aim to make it easier for people with a disability or impaired mobility to access the beach.
The purpose-built Sandcruiser was designed to enable users to move easily across beach sand and into the water with the support of a carer as the chair has no electrical components to ensure safety.
Mayor Tracey Roberts welcomed the addition of another beach wheelchair to the City’s service offering.
“More than 4 million Australians live with a disability – we are committed to ensuring that our beaches, facilities and open spaces are accessible and can be enjoyed by all residents and visitors,” she said.
“The addition of the Sandcruiser complements the Beach Trekker wheelchair already available at Quinns Beach.
“I encourage residents, visitors and service providers to make the most of the fantastic opportunity they provide to experience our wonderful beaches this summer.”
Mrs Roberts thanked Yanchep and Quinns Mindarie surf life saving clubs for support in delivering the service.
The beach wheelchairs are only available during the times the beaches are patrolled by Surf Lifesaving WA or the volunteer clubs – 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays; 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday at Yanchep and 8am to 1pm Monday to Friday at Quinns Beach.
The chairs are free to use but require bookings – visit wanneroo.wa.gov.au/beachwheelchairs for more information.