The iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is ready for footy and now even more accessible for Victorians thanks to a new cutting-edge bathroom facility, Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley announced today.
The new Changing Places accessible bathroom has been completed in time for the 2015 football season, benefiting fans who previously may not been able to watch their team play at the ‘G’.
Changing Places facilities are larger-than-standard accessible toilets, with extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers.
Each facility has a height-adjustable, adult-sized changing bench, a tracking hoist system, space for two people and a safer and cleaner environment.
The Victorian Government has funded two new Changing Places toilets, at a cost of $110,000 each, at the MCG and Melbourne Zoo.
In addition, $80,000 in Government funding has been made available to Maroondah City Council to build and manage a mobile Changing Places facility for use at its venues.
A Changing Places facility will also be constructed at the Rod Laver Arena, as part of the Victorian Government’s $338 million investment in Stage 2 of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment.
The Government is currently finalising the location of another three Changing Places facilities to be built across Victoria.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley
“This wonderful new facility I’m announcing today means that more Victorians can enjoy one of the world’s greatest sporting venues.”
“Since their introduction in England in 2006, more than 700 Changing Places facilities have been built across the United Kingdom.”
“We are working with the community on the next State Disability Plan, to make sure that it dismantles the barriers to employment, education, housing and civic participation that people with a disability still face.”