New Accessible Beach Matting for Waikiki
Date Published: 13/01/2012
The City’s hugely popular accessible beach matting is now available at Waikiki foreshore in response to community requests.
Originally Installed at Val St on Rockingham foreshore in 2010 the 15 metres of thick matting allows prams and people in wheelchairs to safely and easily cross the soft sand down to the water’s edge.
Last year the City was successfully awarded $9000 in grant funding from the Disability Services Commission, for the purchase of another 15 metres of matting.
Waikiki foreshore was acknowledged as an area of interest by community members to connect people to the coast and allows increased and easier access to the hard sand and water at the bottom of the newly constructed accessible ramp.
City of Rockingham Mayor, Barry Sammels, said: “The City aspires to being an inclusive community where residents enjoy a lifestyle that caters for everyone access to water is one of the initiatives that the City has worked towards.
“The City’s first beach matting project and free beach wheelchairs for Rockingham Beach won the Count me In Award Future Directions Award for the Access to Water initiative.
“This demonstrates our commitment to the community through accessible recreation and healthy opportunities for everyone involved and complements the recently refurbished Waikiki Foreshore area.
“If beach access has been a challenge for you in the past, I hope this new matting at Waikiki foreshore will make it easier for you to get close to the water to enjoy our wonderful beaches.”
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