Grants of up to $110,000 will build an extra 18 Changing Places facilities, which are larger than standard accessible toilets, providing accessible public restrooms that include adult change tables and hoists – enabling Victorians with disability to access more of our most popular recreation spots.
“These $110,000 grants will help us expand Victoria’s network of Changing Places so that people can not only enjoy their local community but will be able to visit all parts of our great state,” said Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan.
The latest grants round builds on $3.46 million already invested by the Government to build 33 facilities, including at the MCG, Melbourne Zoo and Hamer Hall. Victoria leads the way nationally, hosting 87 of Australia’s 178 Changing Places facilities.
“People without disabilities take the fact that they can access bathrooms for granted, but for people with disabilities and those who care for them, access to a Changing Places defines our lives, independence and access to community,” said Peta Hooke, Changing Places user, disability advocate and presenter of the ‘I can’t stand podcast’.