Rolling out beach access this summer

Published on 14 January 2021

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Beach matting has been rolled out at Mount Martha this summer as part of Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Disability Inclusion Plan, thanks to our partnership with Mount Martha Life Saving Club.

Beach matting offers people in wheelchairs or with limited mobility the chance to get across the sand to the water’s edge. The matting is available at Mount Martha beach daily and two MobiChairs are available on weekends until Easter Monday 5 April 2021.
 
Higher than usual tides have meant the matting at Mills Beach, Mornington is no longer safe to have out, however a MobiChair beach wheelchair will still be available on weekends during patrol hours in partnership with the Mornington Life Saving Club allowing access to the beach and shallow water.
 
The Shire is working to make more of our beaches accessible to everyone. If you’d like to see the beach matting program at your local beach, talk to your lifesaving club and encourage them to get in touch with us.
 
The Shire also supports disability access at local beaches through upgrades to accessible parking, pathways and toilets in coastal areas.  We carry out access audits for our beaches and include accessible features in coastal plans.
 
To view the live beach conditions, including the beach matting at Mount Martha visit: mmlsc.com.au/webcam
 
To learn more about other accessible Shire beaches visit: mornpen.vic.gov.au/accessiblerecreation
 
Quote attributable to Mayor and Briars Ward Councillor Despi O’Connor:
 
“COVID has created some challenges for us this year, but we’re working within the guidelines to give access for all to enjoy our beaches this summer. It’s our responsibility to keep everyone safe”.
 
Quote attributable to Briars Ward Councillor Anthony Marsh
 
“Our peninsula has an extensive range of accessible and inclusive activities including accessible beaches. We hope our community enjoys a safe summer at the beach this year.”
 
Quote attributable to Briars Ward Councillor Steve Holland

“We encourage all Life Saving Clubs to work with us to provide matting and wheelchairs at more beaches across our Peninsula. It’s a wonderful initiative to allow everyone to enjoy our beautiful beaches.”

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