New beach wheelchairs available in Busselton and Dunsborough

City of Busselton community development officer Naomi Davey, disability advocate Ant Pursell, City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and resident Luther Frost-Barnes.
City of Busselton community development officer Naomi Davey, disability advocate Ant Pursell, City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley and resident Luther Frost-Barnes.

Beach access has just been made easier for people in Busselton and Dunsborough who require wheelchairs.

The City of Busselton have replaced two of their beach trekker wheelchairs which are available to anyone who needs a wheelchair to access the beach.

One wheelchair is located at the Equinox Cafe in Busselton and the other is located at the Quindalup Sea Rescue Centre.

More than 18 per cent of people living in the Busselton region identify as living with a disability, of those 4 per cent need regular assistance to complete tasks.

The city are working to remove barriers for all people to participate in activities and as part of the their Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2018-22, the city installed beach access ramps at Bunker Bay, Old Dunsborough Beach and on Busselton's foreshore.

City of Busselton mayor Grant Henley stated in the plan that the council had focused on ensuring people were engaged and connected within the community irrespective of their ability.

"Over the last five years, the city has made measurable outcomes in improving the capacity for people with a disability to access our services, facilities and information," he said.

Mr Henley said they city continued to find ways to remove barriers for people to participate in activities within the community so it made a difference to the quality of life for people with a disability who lived, worked or spent time here.

To book the beach trekker wheelchair in Busselton people may call the Equinox Cafe on 08 9752 4641.

To book the wheelchair in Dunsborough please call the Dunsborough Visitors Centre at the Dunsborough Park Shopping Centre on phone 08 9755 3517.

Staff at the Dunsborough centre can assist users with booking forms, keys and directions to the sea rescue centre.