11 April 2018 - Media Release
Campaspe Shire Council has welcomed today’s funding announcement of $100,000 by the Andrews Labor Government to provide a Changing Places public toilet facility in Echuca.
Mayor, Cr Adrian Weston said the facility is more than just an accessible public toilet, it is part of the Changing Places project which is seeing facilities built across Australia to meet the needs of people with severe and profound disabilities.
“The facility will be built at the High Street carpark in Echuca, adjacent to the Echuca Band Hall and existing public toilets,” Cr Weston said.
“The site has been selected due to its central location, close to the central business district and shops with suitable parking as well as short distance to the port precinct.”
Council will contribute a further $80,000 to the project which requires the facility to be built to set guidelines and specifications meaning they all have the necessary features to comfortably change an adult including enough space for two carers, height adjustable change tables, a tracking hoist system, shower and toilet, in a safe and clean environment.
Changing Places was launched in the United Kingdom in 2006, with more than 550 Changing Places facilities now in place across the country. In Victoria, facilities have been built at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne Zoo and a number of major shopping centres. The project has opened up the world of possibility for the thousands of individuals who require specialised toilet facilities.
“Changing Places has opened up a life outside of the home for many people and the central location will support local disability service providers as well as tourists,” Cr Weston said.
“The facility will support many people that in the past have not been able to travel, opening up Echuca as a destination point, providing an added economic benefit as well as social benefit.”
Facilities are easily located through the Changing Places website. Users have access 24/7 and are provided with a key which accesses all facilities across the country.
With funding now confirmed, construction is planned to start by June with the works completed by November 2018.