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MEDIA RELEASE - Fun for all as all-abilities carousel is opened for use

26 July 2017

The community is invited to join in the celebrations when the first ever wheelchair carousel in the Glenelg Shire is officially opened this weekend.

The opening of the new wheelchair carousel will take place at Heywood Apex Park this Saturday from 11am onwards.

The opening of the carousel comes after public campaigning from local residents, such as Macie Reeves, who called for additional all-abilities equipment to be installed in the shire.

Sixteen year old Macie identified a lack of suitable play equipment available close to home for community members who were wheelchair bound.

The additional of the carousel to Heywood Apex Park would mean that children such as Macie would be able to enjoy the playground more than ever before.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said it was an exciting day for tireless advocates such as Macie.

“I applaud the efforts of campaigners such as Macie Reeves who have demonstrated ongoing determination and compassion, these are the type of qualities that make our shire the proud community it is,” she said.

“Council has worked in partnership with Variety the children’s charity to deliver this new wheelchair carousel which will enable children of all ages and all abilities to play side-by-side.

“It is a fantastic outcome for all residents and I look forward to seeing many faces attending the opening this Saturday to celebrate this important milestone for our community.”

Cr Rank said that Heywood was an ideal location for the wheelchair carousel due to its existing all-access features and its close proximity to surrounding townships.

“Apex Park was a natural fit to house the new wheelchair carousel because of the accessible connections that are already offered in the play space,” she said.

“The park offers all access elements such as pathways, swing unit, maze, wobble bridge, toilets, drinking fountain, and picnic tables.

“Council is very supportive of all-access equipment and is investigating such investment for other parts of the shire, including the Portland foreshore, which has been identified as a suitable space by the community.”

The Apex Park wheelchair carousel is a jointly funded project by the Glenelg Shire Council and children’s charity Variety.

Variety the children’s charity announced that the Glenelg Shire were successful in receiving funding for a wheelchair carousel in April of this year, donating $25,000 towards the new piece of play equipment. Council covered the remaining installation costs.

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