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Hamer Hall unveils new Changing Places facility

Melbourne's newest Changing Places facility has been officially opened at Hamer Hall. Now people of all ages and abilities can relax and enjoy their visit to the arts precinct and Melbourne's CBD knowing their needs will be met.

This opening gives advocates like Brendan and Michael, along with their families, a new sense of independence.

"It means coming to this precinct as a family is more doable than it's ever been, and we won't be separated by invisible barriers. Brendan will be able to access his own entertainment without us being present”
Di McCarthy, mother to Brendan

Continuing to lead the way both nationally and internationally, Victoria is taking big steps to make public places more accessible and inclusive using universal design principles.

Located on level 3 of Hamer Hall near the south lift, this Changing Places facility features a height adjustable adult change table, a ceiling hoist and a peninsula toilet with enough space for two people on either side. The facility will be available during the Art Centre's extensive opening hours.

Supporting the 326,400 Victorians with high support and complex needs, the Changing Places program forms part of the Victorian Government’s ‘Absolutely everyone: State disability plan 2017-20 which looks to create more inclusive communities.

The Victorian Government has provided $2.6 million to fund a network of 26 Changing Places facilities, including this one, to enable people with a disability to access recreational and tourist attractions, parks, community spaces, entertainment and sporting venues.

You can learn more about the rollout of the Changing Places initiative via our dedicated project page.

Locations of all currently open facilities, building specifications and guidelines can be found on the national Changing Places website.

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Changing Places opens at Hadfield Park Adventure Playground

A new Changing Place has opened at the popular Hadfield Park Adventure Playground, ensuring that community members and visitors to Wallan living with a disability have access to the most inclusive facility in the region.

This is a big win for people like 10 year old Ally Hopper and her family who enjoy the all abilities Adventure Playground and advocated for a Changing Place to be built at the park.

Pictured (Left to Right): Cr David Atkinson (Mitchell Shire Council), Gary Hopper (Ally’s Dad and Changing Places Advocate), Danielle Green MP, Ally Hopper (Changing Places Advocate) and Phyllis Hopper (Ally’s Mum and Changing Places Advocate) width=

“It’s a great new asset to the park. Now I can change my daughter in privacy and dignity, with plenty of space and on a comfortable change table, rather than having to head home or change Ally in the boot of my car.

I also love that I can now take my time and not feel that I have to ‘hurry up’ which will make it a more pleasant experience for both Ally and myself.”

Phyllis Hopper, Changing Places user

This Changing Place features a ceiling hoist, adjustable adult size change table and peninsula toilet and is located adjacent to the local shops to enable even more people to visit and enjoy all that Wallan has to offer.

The Victorian Government has committed $2.6m to provide a network of 26 Changing Places facilities across the state so that people with a disability can access recreational and tourist attractions, parks, community spaces, entertainment and sporting venues.

These Changing Places are being built in partnership with local government and not for profit organisations and are designed to help the 326,400 Victorians with high support and complex needs to participate in their local community.

This program forms part of the Victorian Government’s ‘Absolutely everyone: State Disability Plan’ which leverages universal design principles to create more inclusive communities where people with a disability to actively participate in all aspects of everyday life.

You can learn more about the rollout of the Changing Places initiative via our dedicated project page.

Locations of all currently open facilities and building specifications and guidelines can be found on the national Changing Places website.

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Changing Places: Openings, sod turns and a Marveloo at the Sydney Invictus Games

Our Changing Places initiative has been building momentum throughout October, with openings, sod turns, and a Marveloo making an appearance at the Invictus Games, in Sydney.

Melton Waves Leisure Centre in conjunction with the City of Melton officially opened their Changing Places facility. The purpose built toilet with ceiling hoist and adult size change table will enable people with a disability to fully participate in the centre’s activities.

The City of Ballarat has complimented its existing permanent Changing Places toilet with the opening of a Marveloo (a mobile accessible restroom), which will be based at North Gardens, Ballarat over the summer months.

Maroondah City Council and Mitchell Shire Council held sod turns to mark the start of construction of Changing Places at their respective locations: Croydon Town Square and the Community Bank Adventure Playground in Wallan.

And the most high profile event of all this month: Maroondah City Council’s Marveloo took pride of place at Sydney Olympic Park, servicing people with high support needs at the Invictus Games!

For more information visit the dedicated Changing Places website.

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Last updated: 29 September 2020