Wilsons Prom more accessible than ever before for people with a disability

Date posted: 
30 August 2012

One of Victoria's most loved national parks is now equipped with all-terrain wheelchairs and modified cabins to make it easier for people with a disability to enjoy its spectacular natural beauty.
Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said new equipment and upgraded facilities were part of Parks Victoria's statewide program to make Victoria's amazing parks and attractions more accessible.
"Two cabins at the Prom have been equipped with electric high-low beds; in addition a personal hoist and specialised bathroom equipment such as a shower commode chair, is available to visitors free of charge," Mr Smith said.
"These specially-modified cabins will make it much easier for people with a disability and their families and carers to enjoy their stay.
"Visitors with a disability will also be able to use specifically designed wheelchairs to access the beach or some of the many wonderful walking trails," Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith, who was briefed about the new equipment at the Prom today said Victoria was leading the way with accessibility strategies for parks, with Parks Victoria winning a National Disability Award last year.
Dr David Stratton, who has MS and first brought the idea of the all-terrain wheelchair 'the TrailRider' to Parks Victoria at Grampians last year, said the new chairs at the Prom were a sensational addition to the park.