WA Changing Places Network improves community access
With your help, getting around the community has been made a whole lot easier for people with severe or profound disability thanks to the development of a network of secure changing facilities across the State.
In May 2015, the WA State Government committed $2 million to establish a network of Changing Places across WA.
In partnership with the Disability Services Commission, National Disability Services (NDS) WA then facilitated a stakeholder forum to provide considerations for the development of the network. WA Companion Card holders were asked to give feedback via the Facebook page about their preferred locations, and the response was overwhelming. Your feedback was instrumental in determining the preferred locations.
Earlier this week, the Hon. Donna Faragher JP MLC, Minister for Planning and Disability Services, announced 11 new Changing Places locations in the local government areas of Bunbury, Collie, Fremantle, Gingin, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Katanning, Melville, Port Hedland, Moora and Cunderdin. This is in addition to the development of 14 Changing Places, which was announced in December 2015.
Additional Changing Places initiatives are also being planned by other State Government agencies at Waterbank, Yagan Square, Scarborough foreshore redevelopment and the Perth Stadium. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority opened a Changing Place at Elizabeth Quay in January 2016.
We couldn’t have done it without your feedback - we say thank you!