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Accessible Beach Mat

Beach matting is a relatively new innovation that aims to address the inequities in access and inclusion at Australia’s beaches. Essentially, beach matting consists of a long, sturdy ‘mat’ which can be rolled out over the top of soft sand, to enable wheeled mobility aids (and those who have difficulty walking) to traverse over the soft sand to reach the water’s edge.

What beaches have the accessibile beach mats?

What beaches have the accessibile beach mats?

Currently accessible beach mats are in operation at Henley Beach between October and March/April annually (Thursday to Sunday).

Mat roll out is subject to tide times, weather conditions and resources.

Phone 8408 1111 for more information on roll out days.

Alternately you can check out the Henley Surf Life Saving Club website: www.henleyslsc.com.au

 

Can we hire beach wheelchairs?

Can we hire beach wheelchairs?

Yes! Beach wheelchairs that can go into the water are available for free hire.

We have two types of beach wheelchairs for hire:

Mobi-Chair (2954 kb)

Davinci Mobility Beachster (1424 kb)

Mobi-Chair - Wheelchair Booking Conditions - Use and Safety (127 kb) DaVinci Chair - Wheelchair Booking Conditions - Use and Safety (124 kb)

Hire Times:

Morning Hire: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Afternoon Hire: 1pm – 5pm

Pre-Bookings in advance are essential. To book: http://bit.ly/CCSWheelchairHireCalendar

Phone:  8408 1333 for further information.

Wheelchair Storage

Wheelchairs are stored at the Henley Surf lifesaving Club (246 Esplanade, Henley Beach) – storage area located on the Southern side, external to the building a MLAK key to the storage facility can be collected at the Henley Library (378 Seaview Rd, Henley Beach). 

We encourage users to purchase a MLAK key for individual use, see link for further information:

Master Locksmiths Access Key - MLAK (289 kb)

HIstory of the Accessible Beach Mat in Charles Sturt

HIstory of the Accessible Beach Mat in Charles Sturt

City of Charles Sturt Accessible Beach Day, 4 February 2017 – Henley Beach

The City of Charles Sturt prides itself on its 12 kilometres of natural coastline and pristine beaches. Beach going is an Australian way of life, and is something that most of us take for granted; it is a space where we build bonds with family, friends, and nature, while recharging our minds and our bodies.

However, for a large number of people in our community, particularly those who experience mobility impairment; access and inclusion at the beach can pose significant difficulties. They require assistance in their day to day lives due to disability or frail age and would find the beach to be inaccessible.  At best they would be separated from their groups due to being bound to hard surfaces.

The City of Charles wanted to address inaccessibility and to be a leader in this field. Beach matting is a relatively new innovation that aims to address the inequities in access and inclusion at Australia’s beaches. Essentially, beach matting consists of a long, sturdy ‘mat’ which can be rolled out over the top of soft sand, to enable wheeled mobility aids (and those who have difficulty walking) to traverse over the soft sand to reach the water’s edge.

We decided to trial a beach mat that has never been in South Australia before and also a few different types of wheelchairs that could go into the ocean. That way we could be up to date with the best products for our community through direct feedback from those trialled that day.

We organised a beach access event day with Push Mobility and Accessible Beaches for Saturday 4 February 2017.  It developed into the largest national beach event of its kind- to date. The event was super successful and enjoyed by all who attended. We made national media coverage that day.  Within three days there were well over 350,000 hits on social media, nationally and globally with thousands of comments praising the event and urging council to make the access mat permanent.

Flowing on from the success of this event, council put in a budget bid in for 2017/18 to purchase a permanent beach mat would lead to Henley Beach becoming the 12th permanently accessible beach in Australia. We are proud to have facilitated an event that has allowed members of our community to enter the water after years or in some instances decades of isolation and exclusion.

The City of Charles Sturt would like to thank Push Mobility, Henley Surf Lifesaving Club, Accessible Beaches, Dignity for Disability, John Nieddu Photography, Push Adventures and all volunteers and attendees for making this event such a success.

Watch the video from the day:

 

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