Australian first for accessibility in Mornington

Published on 29 November 2018

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New, fully-accessible public toilets in Mornington are home to the first Exceloo Changing Places facility in the country.

The new facilities are designed to cater for people who require additional equipment and replace an existing, poor condition toilet block on Octavia Street near the Empire Street mall.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, around 200,000 Australians with a disability require assistance to use the toilet. The new cubicles include a Changing Places toilet as part of the Changing Places Australia project

As part of its Disability Inclusion Plan, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is committed to increasing opportunities for inclusion and participation and ensuring people with disability have equal access to services and facilities.

Most Changing Places toilets are locked with a Master Locksmith Association Key (MLAK) system. These can be purchased from the Master Locksmith Association or borrowed from Mornington Peninsula Shire customer service centres in Rosebud, Mornington and Hastings.

Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “we’re taking the lead on public accessibility and it’s fantastic to have Australia’s first Exceloo Changing Places facility right here on the Peninsula.

 

“Standard wheelchair accessible toilets are designed for independent use and don’t cater to the needs of people who require a hoist and/or adjustable change table.

“This new facility will make it easier for people with a disability to get out in their community and enjoy social activities”.

Briars Ward Councillor Rosie Clark added “we are investing in amenities the Peninsula needs to meet the requirements of our communities”.

Briars Ward Councillor Bev Colomb added “this is the first fully accessible toilet facility in the township - another step forward to creating an all accessible Peninsula”.

Fellow Briars Ward Councillor Sam Hearn added “MLAK keys are available at all Shire customer service centres to make it easy for our community to access these essential facilities”.

A handy Changing Places fact sheet has been developed by the Shire’s Disability Advisory Committee and is available from all Shire customer service centres on online at mornpen.vic.gov.au/changingplaces

The new facility also includes a regular accessible, ambulant and standard unisex cubicle as well as a parents’ cubicle. 

This project has been supported through $552,000 from the Shire and a $100,000 grant from the state government’s Growing Suburbs Fund.

Changing Places Toilets on the Mornington Peninsula are currently located at:

Mornington
36 Octavia St, Mornington

Arthurs Seat Eagle Base Station
1085 Arthurs Seat Rd, Dromana

To view the Shire’s Disability Action Plan or for more information on accessibility, Changing Places facilities and how to use the MLAK system, visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/access

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Shire’s Team Leader Infrastructure Planning Chris Munro, Cr Colomb, Colin Morrison, Dee Davey (AACC and Gen U), All Abilities Consultative Committee member and Citizen of the Year Karen Fankhauser, Shire’s Director Communities Jenny Van Riel, Shire’s Team Leader Buildings and Open Space Sam Polatidis and Daniel Mulino MP, State Member for Eastern Victoria at the site of Mornington’s new fully-accessible public toilets.