Freo Gets A ‘Changing Place’

Disability Services Minister Don Punch has today joined Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk and City of Fremantle Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge to officially open a Changing Place for people with disability in the City of Fremantle’s new Walyalup Koort Civic Centre (previously Kings Square).

The McGowan Government provided a grant of $150,000 towards the development of the facility as part of the Government’s commitment to support a growing State-wide network of Changing Places.

Changing Places are important facilities that provide a safe and sanitary place for people with disability who require assistance and specialised equipment for their continence needs, including a height-adjustable adult changing bench and a ceiling hoist.

The first Changing Places were launched in the United Kingdom in 2006 to support the many people who cannot use standard accessible toilets, including those with profound and multiple learning disabilities, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and elderly people.

There are now 35 Changing Places right across Western Australia – from Meckering to Mandurah, Scarborough to South Hedland and Broome to Bunbury. These are part of a national network of over 170 Changing Places.

Simone McGurk said –

“Fremantle is known for its diversity and inclusion – that is what makes it such a great place to live in and visit.

“Having a disability shouldn’t be a barrier to experiencing what Fremantle has to offer, and these facilities will make it more accessible for everyone.

“I am proud that we can help bring these important facilities to Walyalup Koort and I would like to thank the City of Fremantle for making it a priority.”

Minister Don Punch noted that –

“Fremantle is a popular tourism destination in Western Australia and this facility significantly improves amenities for people with disability to ensure they can enjoy visiting the port city.

He also congratulated the City of Fremantle for demonstrating its commitment to people with disability by providing this important facility.

The Changing Place is located in William Street right opposite the Federal Hotel, not far from the High Street Mall and adjacent to the strangely named FOMO development.

Here’s some more pics that show you just where it is.

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