People with disability will benefit from the addition of a Changing Place at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, which is the first in a WA shopping centre.
Image caption: Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson speaking at the official opening of the Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City Changing Place, with Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City Centre Manager Gemma Hannigan, Rocky Bay Duncraig client Marissa Florias and her carer Sarah Murphy. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Changing Places have a secure automatic door, hoist and adult changing table and are large enough to allow for two people, such as carers, to assist someone to meet their needs.
Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson officially opened the facility, delivered by centre owners Lendlease, on Thursday, 18 January 2018.
Minister Dawson spoke about the important role Changing Places play in creating inclusive and accessible communities and commended the centre for leading the way.
For Rocky Bay Duncraig client Marissa Florias, who was part of the event proceedings, the Changing Place means she can easily access the facilities she needs when out at the centre and spend more time socialising with her friends.
Image caption: Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City Centre Manager Gemma Hannigan, carer Sarah Murphy and Rocky Bay Duncraig client Marissa Florias watch on as Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson cuts the ribbon. Picture: Chris Kershaw
Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City Centre Manager Gemma Hannigan said Lendlease was extremely proud to have delivered the facility which would enable people with disability as well as their families and carers to comfortably plan enjoyable outings.
The Changing Place is the second in the City of Joondalup, with December 2017 marking the celebration of the opening of another Changing Place at Sorrento Beach, next to Hillarys Boat Harbour, as part of Disability Awareness Week.
These Changing Places join a growing network across the State, spanning both metropolitan and regional areas.
With around 200,000 Australians with a disability requiring assistance to meet their toileting needs, Changing Places not only provide people with a disability with a dignified, hygienic and suitable bathroom option, they break down barriers and ultimately contribute to a more inclusive and accessible society for all.