Community set to celebrate new kayak launcher that has wheelchair users rollin’ on the river

Innovation and recycling from the Moama community have combined in a fantastic new facility that brings kayaking to people with limited mobility.

Man with wheelchair trying the new kayak launcher

Now the community can celebrate this great new facility on International Day for People with a Disability 3 December at the Edward River Bridge Picnic Area in Murray Valley Regional Park near Mathoura.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Area Manager Tim O’Kelly said the kayak launcher is a first of its kind for NSW and in an extra bonus the decking is made from shopping bags, food and other household containers recycled by the Moama community.

“The wheelchair accessible kayak idea came from a local tour operator indicating a need for a safe launch spot for people with limited mobility on the Edward River’s steep banks.

“With help from a $60,000 grant from Transport for NSW, the National Parks and Wildlife Service had the facility engineered to incorporate recycled materials sourced locally.

“So now we have an innovative facility helping people enjoy the environment, partially constructed of materials that also help the environment, what a win-win.

“We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy our national parks.

“This facility is a great example of innovation and collaboration to provide safe visitor experiences.

“It’s also a fabulous way for us to demonstrate exactly what can be done with products you recycle,” Mr O’Kelly said.

The community is invited to come along and try out the new facility:

International Day for People with a Disability

Monday 3 December, 11am – 2pm

at the Edward River Bridge Picnic Area

Free BBQ lunch to celebrate and kayaks available

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