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MEDIA RELEASE - $1.2M Foreshore renewal begins

21 May 2019

Construction crews have arrived at the Portland foreshore to begin works on a $1.2 million transformation to boost visitation and access as part of the first steps of a multi-million dollar master plan.

Tradespeople started works this week on the new fit-out of the foreshore playground toilets which will become a Changing Space facility, providing all-abilities access thanks to a $200,000 grant from the State Government.

Furthermore, work crews are finalising detailed designs for the $1 million All Abilities Playspace, funded by council, which is set to position the foreshore as a major tourist attractions for inclusive play.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the works were an important component in renewing one of the shire’s most loved and visited tourist attractions.

“These new investments are in response to requests from our community who successfully campaigned for this critical infrastructure as part of our broader foreshore renewal,” Cr Rank said.

“The Changing Place improvements will provide safer and more accessible amenities, offering a tracking hoist and changing tables, which will have a positive impact on the lives and well-being of not only those living with a disability but their families and carers.

“People with high needs currently visiting the area have no dignified toilet access, forcing many people away. Now they have a place they can play and enjoy for hours, confidently knowing they have amenities on hand to cater for their needs.

“It is anticipated people will travel from across the Green Triangle region to use the new All-Abilities Playspace which will include state of the art equipment to ensure those with a disability can play alongside their peers.

“Importantly these works will compliment the youth activity space infrastructure, which has been pivotal in building visitation to the foreshore area over the past five years. These new assets will only further improve the aesthetics and attract a new generation to this beautiful foreshore precinct.”

The Changing Places amenities are due for completion by the end of the financial year. Meanwhile, the All-Abilities Playspace is due for construction in mid-July and anticipated to be completed by early next year.

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