It’s access for everyone with the installation of a new pool hoist at the Mullumbimby Petria Thomas Swimming Pool.
In time for summer, the new pool hoist allows people with mobility limitations easy entry into the water.
Purchased and installed at a cost of about $20,000 members of Byron Shire Council’s access committee were on hand to see how the new equipment worked during Social Inclusion Week.
Council’s aged and disability officer, Karen Ingleman was thrilled with the new equipment.
“Being able to be included and the ability to take part in sport and the social outings are key activities that help us all feel like we belong.
“The Mullumbimby Pool is a wonderful place for families with its range of swimming pools, shade and picnic facilities. It’s a great place for family to catch-up and now with the new pool hoist, family members with a disability can also get in the water and cool off.
“For people with a physical disability, water can provide a wonderful feeling of freedom and has many positive health benefits.
“Plus, for people who are recovering from hip or knee operations, water therapy can greatly assist in the recovery process,” she said.
Easy to operate, the Mullumbimby Pool staff are available to help anyone who needs help getting into the pool with the new pool hoist.
The Byron Bay Pool also had their pool hoist replaced this summer plus had new steps installed. Previously the pool only had a ladder for entry into the water.
And not forgetting those on land, last month Mullumbimby’s CWA building had a new access ramp installed and the toilets upgraded for easier use.
“Ultimately the easier we can make our streets, buildings, parks and facilities more accessible, the more people we can include in everyday life. From people with a disability, those who have a temporary injury or even Mums with strollers,” Ms Ingleman said.
Left to Right – Max Brown with Richard Allen check out the new pool hoist with Mullumbimby Pool manager Mark Mathison in the background.
Mullumbimby Pool manager Mark Mathison helps demonstrate the equipment with his son, Clark.