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Changing Places works begin in Yarra Glen

Published on 17 May 2017

Cr Fiona McAllister with Yarra Glen Chamber of Commerce president Rod Thomas.

The $701,000 Changing Places project has begun at Yarra Glen’s McKenzie Reserve, with the reserve's toilet block to be rebuilt in coming months.

The toilet block at McKenzie reserve, behind the Memorial Hall, was demolished in early May.

It will be replaced with seven toilets, including a male and female toilet, a male and female ambulant toilet, accessible male and female bathrooms and a Changing Places facility.

The Changing Places facility will feature an accessible toilet, an automated changing bed and automated ceiling hoist, and will be finished in early 2018.

Ryrie Ward Councillor Fiona McAllister said the Changing Places toilet and changing block would help people living with a disability and their carers to enjoy the playground and have amenities close by.

“We’re really thrilled to have a Changing Places facility in the valley and Yarra Glen, with access to McKenzie Reserve,” she said.

“It’s provided the opportunity to support families and carers who have children with special needs and to provide the much-needed and very long-awaited upgrade to the toilets.

“Toilets do put towns on the map and the Changing Places facility will definitely do that for Yarra Glen.”

The Changing Places movement began in the United Kingdom and involved work from a strong advocacy group to develop accessible toilet facilities for people with severe physical, multiple or intellectual disabilities.

People with profound and multiple learning disabilities, as well as spinal injuries, spina bifida, motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis or an acquired brain injury, require extra facilities to allow them to use the toilets comfortably.

Council built the facilities in response to the standard accessible amenities not meeting the needs of people with disabilities and their carers.

The funding for the Yarra Glen works is proposed in Yarra Ranges Council’s Draft Budget 2017-18.

The State Government's Growing Suburbs Fund provided $125,000. 

During the construction, the Yarra Glen Memorial Hall toilets will be open from 8am-6.30pm.

Earlier this year, Changing Places upgrades were carried out at the Yarra Centre in Yarra Junction, Lillydale Lake and Monbulk Aquatic Centre, with funding from the 2016-17 Budget.

The Lillydale Lake Changing Places facility requires a Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) to gain access.

To find out how to purchase a key, visit the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia website.

Click here to see and leave feedback on the Draft Budget, Council Plan, Long Term Financial Plan and Capital Works Program.

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2 comment(s) so far...

are there portable toilets in the reserve to cover the construction period?

Barry Sheffield | 19 May 2017 09:10 AM | Report to moderator

Hi Barry, during the construction, the Yarra Glen Memorial Hall toilets will be open from 8am-6.30pm. All the best, Nate - Media & Communications Officer

Nate Leslie | 19 May 2017 04:48 PM | Report to moderator

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