The City of Gold Coast has been investing in beach equipment that gives access to ensure beach access for more people. “We leave no-one behind on the Gold Coast and we are proud of the facilities we have to make our city inclusive for everyone,’’ said Acting Mayor Donna Gates. “When we first trialled our beach matting 18 months ago, we had people travelling from Brisbane and northern New South Wales just to use the equipment. For a total investment of around $350,000, it is money well spent.’’
Beach access equipment like matting and beach wheelchairs are now available at 10 locations throughout the city.
All equipment is free, and the City is partnering with Surf Life Saving clubs and community groups to deliver the program. “Club volunteers roll out the mats on weekends during patrol season and the equipment supports inclusive activities like the Seahorse Nippers at North Burleigh Surf Life Saving Club,’’ she said.
Participating beaches are Burleigh Beach, Kurrawa Beach; Nobby Beach; North Burleigh Beach; Palm Beach (Pacific SLSC); Southport/Main Beach; Tallebudgera Creek; Burleigh Heads Beach and Southport Broadwater Parklands.
“This is all about removing barriers and creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works and visits the Gold Coast,’’ said Acting Mayor Gates. “The 2018 Commonwealth Games, which featured the largest para sports program in Games’ history, was a shining example of how well we are doing in this space but there is always more we can do and Council will look to update its action plan this year.’’