Easy access for all


MATTING has been laid down at Mount Martha beach to help those in wheelchairs or with limited mobility get across the sand to the water.

The matting is available at the beach daily and two MobiChairs are available on weekends until Easter Monday 5 April.

Mornington Peninsula Shire has laid the matting as part of its Disability Inclusion Plan with help from Mount Martha Life Saving Club.

The mayor Cr Despi O’Connor said: “COVID-19 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.”

Higher than usual tides have mean matting at Mills Beach, Mornington, is no longer safe to have out, however, a beach wheelchair is available on weekends during Mornington Life Saving Club patrol hours.

The shire says it is working to make the beaches accessible to everyone. Those wanting beach matting at their beach should talk to their local lifesaving club and encourage them to contact the shire.

The shire says disability access is being improved at beaches through upgrades to parking, pathways and toilets. Audits for our beaches include accessible features in coastal plans.

Cr Anthony Marsh said: “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.”

Cr Steve Holland said: “We encourage all lifesaving clubs to work with us to provide matting and wheelchairs at more beaches across the peninsula. It’s a wonderful initiative to allow everyone to enjoy our beautiful beaches.”

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

First published in the Mornington News – 2 February 2021


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