Community members living with a disability will soon enjoy better accessibility to Yarraman Memorial Pool with construction of a new changing room scheduled to begin late 2021.
Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) Environment and Community Services Committee Chair Cr James O’Shea said the new changing room will be constructed to ensure access and mobility for People with Disability (PWD) and tomeet current Australian standards.
He said the project was another step towards bringing Council’s older facilities in line with modern building standards under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1992 and meeting community expectations.
“Our Region boasts a number of great community-based pools and aquatic centres, such as the Yarraman Memorial Pool. These facilities have long served the community but were constructed at a time when building access standards for people with a disability were vastly different to todays,” Cr O’Shea said.
“We are pleased these works are going ahead to be more inclusive of all residents and to improve the experience for more members of our community who enjoy the pool in Yarraman.”
Cr O’Shea said the new changing room will be constructed in addition to the existing changing rooms and will include a wheelchair access path from the roadside entrance to the Aquatic Centre to the new PWD changing room, which will link directly to the pool.
“We are a diverse and inclusive Region and it’s important Council is continually looking for ways to improve PWD access and ensure all community members have the same opportunities and access to Council’s services and facilities.”
Construction of the new change room is expected to be completed by early 2022.