Pool Access For All

The Bass Coast Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Wonthaggi is now able to offer a portable hoist and adult change table for pool users with a disability.

Access to the pool was raised as a concern at February’s Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee meeting.  A number of students from the Bass Coast Specialist School were experiencing difficulty with the lack of accessible change facilities at the pool and were changing at the school before and after their swimming lessons.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said Council, YMCA and Access All Abilities worked together to find a solution.

 “As the cooler months approached, we realised that this was not going to be a long term solution as the students had to travel from the pool to the school in their wet clothes,” Ms Mitchell said.

“It turned out the equipment required was already available at the Centre; however it had been in storage for so long that it was unclear if it was still usable.”

Centre Manager, Glenn Marsham, said staff are able to get the equipment out of storage and into the accessible change room or the family change room, depending on needs.

“Due to space limitations, we are unable to leave the equipment out at all times; however staff are willing to set up and arrange the equipment as required,” Mr Marsham said.

“Advance notice of your attendance is great, but not essential.”

A new Pelican hoist system which enables people with a disability to get entry to the pool was also recently installed at the Centre and a wet area wheelchair is available for showering after your swim.

The students from the Specialist School are glad to have easier access to the pool and will now be able to continue their swimming lessons throughout the year.