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New beach wheelchair available at Pottsville

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The new beach wheelchair will help create a culture of inclusion on the sand. Photo supplied.

Anyone who is in a wheelchair can tell you it’s not easy to get onto the beach and it’s not fun missing out while everyone else enjoys the seaside.

Tweed Shire Council has made efforts to remedy this by providing a new beach wheelchair which is now available for use at Pottsville South Holiday Park and is open to the public.

The Tweed Shire Council yesterday launched a beach wheelchair which follows on from the success of two other existing beach wheelchairs in the Tweed Shire.

Previously, the beach wheelchairs have been managed through the Surf Clubs, but in this circumstance, there was an opportunity for the Holiday Parks to get involved.

The wheelchair will be housed at the Pottsville South Holiday Park. Photo supplied.

Tweed Coast Holiday Parks, Unit Coordinator Andrew Illingworth, says the new chair is a community service initiative, which promotes the inclusion of everyone.The beach wheelchairs have special balloon tyres which make it easier for people with impeded mobility to attend events at these locations or simply enjoy time at the beach.’

Illingworth says the chair will open up opportunities for the community and people visiting Pottsville including access to the local beach – some people may not have even been able to access it prior but will be able to now.

At the time of booking it is required that the user, family member, or care giver reads and agrees to the terms and conditions and ensures that the person using the chair is kept safe at all times. Information on safe use of the chairs is provided to hirers when they collect the chair.

The other two wheelchairs which are currently offered for free use have a specific region that they are permitted to be used in, including the Fingal Head Beach (available at the Fingal Rovers Surf Club) and Cabarita Beach (available at the Cabarita Beach surf club).

To hire beach wheelchairs or for more information contact the Tweed Shire Council Community Services team on 07 5569 3110. or email [email protected]


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Yes these are a fantastic innovation. We use them all the time at the Disabled surfing assns. events. How much are these and manufacturer so I can approach Ballina council for same. cheers.

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