Beach access has been rolled out this summer
Published on 02 December 2022
Beach matting has once again been rolled out this year across five beaches in Port Phillip Bay to givepeople in wheelchairs or with limited mobility the chance to get across the sand to the water’s edge.
Beach matting locations are:
- Mothers beach, Mornington
- Mount Martha beach – in front of the lifesaving club
- Rosebud beach – next to the jetty
- Rye front beach – next to the pier
- Sorrento front beach - next to The Baths restaurant.
The matting is made from recycled plastic bottles, is slip resistant and provides a sturdy path closer to the water’s edge for people with limited mobility. It offers opportunities for grandparents and grandchildren to play together at the beach and wheelchair users to have sensory play in the water.
Feedback from our beach matting trials last summer told us some people hadn’t been able to access the beach in decades. We’re delighted to give people the basic right to feel the cool water on a hot day.
The matting will be out until April 2023.
For more information about beach matting at each of the five locations please visit:
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Steve Holland:
“Wheelchair users, as well as families with prams, beach-goers with trolleys and people with reduced mobility can all benefit from the matting, making it an excellent example of our commitment to universal design.”
Quote attributable to Disability Advisory Committee delegate and Seawinds Ward Councillor Kerri McCafferty:
“Our Council and Wellbeing Plan outlines our Shire objective to provide an accessible and unique natural environment that helps our community to be healthy and well. We hope everyone has a safe and fun summer on our amazing beaches.”