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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Beach Mobility Mats are rolled out

Council's mobility mats are already getting a workout ... and creating special moments. Mats are available at seven of the shire’s patrolled beaches for summer school holidays. These mats create a stable surface for people with reduced mobility to move across the sand. The Mobility mats are placed on patrolled beaches during patrol hours. Council installed the last one at Narooma today - there are seven in total at: Surf Beach, Malua Bay, South Broulee, Moruya South Head, Tuross Main, Dalmeny, and Narooma Surf Beach. The mats are an initiative of the Council to make our shire accessible for everyone.

Above: Yesterday, lifesavers met at Broulee to learn about the mats and chat with Michael Hughes from Get Skilled Access. Michael talked about what it's like living with disability and mentioned simple ways to improve accessibility and inclusion for everyone. Afterwards, Michael tried out the new mat and got to the water’s edge for the first time since becoming paraplegic at the age of 18 - a very special moment we’ll all remember.

Above: John Tilbrook of Tuross conducts traffic on the new mat at Tuross Head.

Above: The mobility mat at Narooma's Surf Beach is set up and ready to use.

Above: A family with a stroller use the Malua Bay mat for the first time.

Above: the crew laying mobility mats at Dalmeny. Photo G Harding

Borrow a beach wheelchair

Beach wheelchairs make our beaches more accessible. They are designed for pushing across sand and floating in calm waters. The wheechairs are available at five beach locations across the shire at no cost. The beach wheelchairs users will need the assistance of a carer. Tuross Head Contact the Reception at the Tuross Beach Resort.

Corrigans Beach, Batehaven

Local charity The Bay Push has provided one child-sized and one adult-sized water wheelchair free for public use at Corrigans Beach, Batehaven.

  • Clyde View Caravan Park manages and stores the chairs. To enquire about use contact Clyde View Caravan Park: T: 02 4472 4224

Malua Bay, Broulee and Moruya

Beach wheelchairs are also available from the Surf Life Saving Clubs at Malua Bay (Batemans Bay SLSC), Broulee and Moruya.

  • Contact the local surf life saving club in advance, or ask the volunteer lifesavers on patrol at the beach.

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