Changing Places funding for Cowes Transit Centre

Bass Coast Shire Council has been successful in securing funding for a Changing Places Toilet to be located at the future Cowes Transit Centre and All Day Carpark.

A Changing Places Toilet is fitted with a height adjustable adult-sized changing table, a tracking hoist system and enough space to provide a safe and clean toilet and changing environment for those with additional needs.

In addition, an ambulant toilet and a fully accessible toilet will also be located at the Cowes Transit Centre.

The total cost for the Changing Places room is $300,000 with Council contributing $200,000 and $100,000 coming from The State Government’s Changing Places round. This funding round has provided funding for 20 Changing Places rooms across the state.

Changing Places is a key component of Victoria’s universal design approach and the Absolutely everyone: state disability plan 2017-2020.

Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, explained that the Changing Places Toilet will be valuable to locals and visitors alike, and may even attract people who otherwise would not have visited the area.

“Many families are faced with no choice but to change their child or adult with special needs on the cold floor of a public toilet. This option is unhygienic, undignified and presents health risks for both recipient and carer.”

“The tracking hoist assists in lifting the child or adult out of their chair to manoeuvre onto the adjustable changing table where they can be attended to.”

“Having this facility will not only make Cowes more accessible, it will make it more appealing to visitors who require special amenities. And we certainly want our Island to be one which can be enjoyed by all.”

Following the endorsement of the detailed design for the Transit Centre and all Day Carpark in February 2018, Council is contributing an additional $930,000 towards the project. This includes $200,000 towards the Changing Places Toilet, ambulant and accessible toilet facilities, additional footpaths and pavement, stainless steel handrails, retaining walls, pedestrian and street lighting, and Water Sensitive Urban Design elements such as raingardens.

Cr Rothfield explained that all of these have resulted in a significantly better quality outcome, improving safety, accessibility, visual, and environmental amenity.

“It will be wonderful to have these additional car parks and first class amenities available in Cowes to our residents and visitors,”Cr Rothfield said.

 “At this point we are securing permits for the project, following that we will proceed with the tender process for construction.”

For more information, or to stay up to date with the Cowes Revitalisation Projects, head to, or contact Council’s Program Manager on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.