How Changing Places open up parks

Wednesday 12 April, 2023

Imagine you visit a park and need to go to the toilet, get changed or have a shower. Now imagine you use a wheelchair and need a hoist and other support to do any of those things. Suddenly things become much more complicated.

Changing Places facilities – which include all these supports – are all about making this easier for people who need it. If you know in advance you’ll be able to do these things, then getting out into nature is much easier.

That is why we are planning to build a new Changing Places facility at one of the state’s most popular parks – Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Just like the facilities currently at Jells Park and Arthurs Seat State Park, this new addition to the Prom will mean more people can enjoy this incredible place.

Man in wheelchair and woman sitting at picnic table in park

By building a Changing Places facility at the Prom it means that people who need this kind of support will be able to visit for a day and have the ability to toilet, change and shower.

Since the Changing Places facility was competed at Jells Park in 2021, visitors of all abilities have been able to enjoy a visit knowing they can access everything they might need nearby.

Changing Places toilet and shower room

Changing Places facilities are just one of the ways we are making parks more accessible through infrastructure projects we’re delivering across the state. From all-abilities accessible tracks and playgrounds, to lookouts, picnic facilities and accommodation – accessibility is an important part of these projects.

And while we’re busy creating new experiences, there’s a range of options already out there. Find out more about how and where you can enjoy accessible park facilities, such as all-terrain wheelchairs, all-abilities canoe launchers, accessible accommodation and more. Or check out this series of videos to help people of all abilities enjoy key parks around the state.

Find out more about why, how and where we are making parks more accessible

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