Nobbys Now Disability Friendly

Filed under Disability, Event & Venue, News ~ by Press on  20 Oct 2019

For Joseph Popov, a visit to the beach is far from simple.

As someone who lives with disability, apart from reaching the beach, navigating change rooms to enjoy Nobbys beach borders on the impossible.

Now, however, Nobbys has a specialised hoist and bench to cater for mobility-impaired beach goers and a new ramp to the lower promenade of the beach.

Joseph – Bachelor of Social Science/Laws student and Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH) Vice President – said.says these upgrades are a game changer as summer approaches.

As a Novocastrian, I count myself among the many locals who love going to the beach. You can’t compete with the views and what Mother Nature offers at Nobbys Beach,” he said.

The new upgrades will definitely encourage me to go to the beach more frequently, whether I need to go to the bathroom or change into Speedos.”

The project includes anew amenities block with a dual-purpose room containing an accessible toilet and baby change facility. A second room provides an assisted change room with accessible toilet, shower, basin, bench and hoist.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, representatives of Surf Life Saving NSW and the Lions Club of Newcastle officially opened the Nobbys Accessible Change Facilities.

These most recent upgrades to Nobbys Beach may go unnoticed for many people, however for those with a disability they mean the difference between getting sand between your toes and watching from the car park,” the Lord Mayor said. 

I sincerely thank our partners, Surf Life Saving NSW, and the Lions Club of Newcastle. By building on partnerships, we create a better community.”

The opening event also incorporated the launch of the Access in the City (AiTC) app, an initiative created by a local start-up to improve the city experience for people using mobility devices.

AiTC was the winner of the City’s online mobility challenge. Of 35 applications from across the globe which proposed ideas for addressing an urban mobility issue in Newcastle, the winning entry was created by a local company.

Accessibility in the City founder Chad Ramage (seated, center) with Perform-Ability crew at Nobbys upgrade launch.

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