Monday, June 17, 2024

Darlington Point toilet block flush with accessible features

Residents and visitors in Darlington Point now have access to a brand-new and fully inclusive public toilet facility.

Murrumbidgee Council Mayor, Ruth McRae said the opening of the much-needed
facility was not just about convenience and accessibility, but also about building a more
inclusive Murrumbidgee community.

Mayor McRae said the Council was very proud of the new facility. There are also plans to build similar facilities in Coleambally and Jerilderie as part of Council’s Change Facility Masterplan.

“Facilities such as these are an integral part of our Disability Inclusion Action Plan, which strives for an inclusive community,” she said.

The new facility comes equipped with a range of features designed to make it as accessible and user-friendly as possible.

These include a height-adjustable adult-sized change table, a ceiling track hoist system, a peninsula toilet, additional circulation space (compared to standard accessible toilets) and an automatic door.

The new accessible toilet has been accredited and received an official Statement of Compliance as a dedicated Changing Places facility (suitable for people with high support needs). It has also been registered on the National Public Toilet Map.

Both toilets within the complex are available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, however, access to the accessible toilet is restricted and requires a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) for entry.

Local Darlington Point resident, Brenda Selover who cares for her disabled son, described the new facility as fantastic.

“It was most definitely needed in our community. It is a beautiful, clean facility that is well designed, with the lift making it ideal for both the disabled person and their carer”.

“When you are going through a town, it is really hard to find a suitable and clean toilet.

“This one’s location on the main road makes it easy to find and convenient to access. This is also important if the person has a medical incident while at the facility as it’s easily accessible by medical services,” she said.

The facility was made possible with funding from the Australian Government through
the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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