21 May 2015

Making Elizabeth Quay truly accessible to all

  • Elizabeth Quay

Western Australia’s first Changing Places toilet and change facility for people with disability will open at Elizabeth Quay from mid-2016.

Changing Places provide secure and clean facilities specifically designed for people who need space and assistance to manage their bathroom needs while in the community.

Today Disability Services Minister Helen Morton released plans to develop a State-wide network which would provide more opportunities for people with disability to participate in the community.

“There are more than 120,000 people with severe or profound disability in WA, many of whom rely on specialist bathroom equipment usually only available in their homes, so their access to the community is limited,” Mrs Morton said.

“This project will build public facilities in key locations that will meet people’s needs including an adult-sized change table and a ceiling hoist to lift a person, as well as room for two carers.”

The Changing Places facility at Elizabeth Quay will be located opposite the BHP Billiton Water Park, close to Esplanade train station.

A facility has also been incorporated into the design for the new Perth Stadium and Yagan Square at Perth City Link with others being considered for the Waterbank precinct near the Causeway as part of the Riverside project, and the New Museum.

Planning Minister John Day said the inclusion of a Changing Places facility in a number of the State’s major projects would ensure they were available for all West Australians to enjoy.

“The Government is investing in projects that are transforming this State and a major priority for me is that they are available for everyone to visit and enjoy,” 

“The addition of a Changing Places facility will ensure these projects are truly accessible to all West Australians. I am pleased that the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and the Disability Services Commission are working together to make this happen.” Mr Day said.

To find out more about the Changing Places initiative visit the Disability Services Commission.