Sunshine Coast Council very quietly rolled out wheelchair accessible matting at Alexandra Headland beach on Saturday, April 8. It was a momentous occasion which finally meant a beach on the paradise which is the Sunshine Coast is now accessible for people in wheelchairs, the elderly, parents using strollers and anyone else who is unsteady on their feet.
Council has advised 121 Care that the matting will now be rolled out regularly on weekends and the hope is Council lifeguards will also come on board with the initiative and roll out the matting during the week as required and requested. (NOTE: the matting will not be rolled out on days when the surf is deemed to be dangerous in the interests of everyone’s safety!).
This is a huge step forward in ensuring the Sunshine Coast is accessible for people of all abilities and ages living and holidaying here and Sunshine Coast Council should be recognised for making this happen. It is understood Council is looking at other beaches and waterways on the Sunshine Coast to assess their suitability for the matting in the future.
A lot of people – individuals and advocacy groups – worked tirelessly behind the scenes to make this happen and all should be congratulated for their work.
121 Care is thrilled to have contributed $1,500 towards the cost of the matting which is now at Alexandra Headland as did local Councillor Jason O’Pray.