Council secures Changing Places funding

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Yackandandah’s Sir Isaacs Park will be the location for Indigo Shire’s first fully accessible restrooms.

Council has successfully secured $110,000 under the Victorian Government’s Changing Places program and will contribute $234,000 towards the total construction cost of $374,400.00.

Sir Isaacs Park was chosen following community and stakeholder consultation in late 2021 in which Council received more than 400 survey responses, with many nominating the Yackandandah location as the preferred site.

Disability service providers, carers of people living with disability and Council’s Community Access Committee were also involved in the consultation.

Mayor Cr Bernard Gaffney says Council has a long-term vision to transform Sir Isaacs Park into an all abilities accessible destination in Yackandandah.

“The current toilet block will be replaced with unisex accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility including adult change tables and hoists,” Cr Gaffney said.

“The Yackandandah community is highly inclusive and aware of the barriers that the heritage town presents, as with all Indigo Shire towns. This new facility is a great step forward in removing these barriers, allowing people with disabilities to get out and about and enjoy our Shire.”

“A Changing Places facility will provide greater access to social and tourism opportunities for people with a disability, their families and carers and we are extremely grateful to the Victorian Government for including Yackandandah in this latest round of funding,” Cr Gaffney said.

Construction of the new facility is expected to commence mid-year.

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