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People with a disability permit can take their cars back onto Byron Shire beaches.

Byron Shire Council’s compliance team leader, David Murray, said the beaches are starting to recover and four-wheel-drive vehicles are now allowed back on the beaches.

‘With the weather warming up, it’s good timing to be able to restore motor vehicle beach access for permit holders,’ he said.

Beach access for people with a disability permit was temporarily suspended at the end of June due to safety and environmental concerns from king tide coastal erosion and debris on the beaches.

Council’s aged and disability officer Karen Ingleman welcomed the decision.

‘Being outdoors and able to enjoy the beaches and water is a highly valued pastime for people with mobility issues.

‘It can be difficult for people with a disability, or the elderly, to walk down onto the beach.

‘Being able to drive right to water’s edge and enter the water, or set up a picnic, is a wonderful Australian experience and taking a car onto the beach can be a necessity for some families.’

Ms Ingleman also reminded residents and visitors that Council has two Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchairs available at Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads.

The Sandcruiser Beach Wheelchairs are available for free public use, ensuring access to the beach for everyone.

The ‘Sandcruiser’ is the latest model beach wheelchair. It is the only beach wheelchair recommended by the Therapeutic Goods Association and is also recommended by the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia.

With large, wide tyres it is easier to move across sand and has rear wheel steering. The chair also pivots easily and can be taken into the water.

It is ideal for people who have mobility limitations, including those with permanent disability, temporary disability or those with reduced mobility due to age.

Find out more: www.byron.nsw.gov.au/sandcruiser-beach-wheelchair.

 


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