Healesville Sanctuary is now fully accessible to all Victorians with the opening of Victoria’s latest Changing Places facility.

Representing Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green today opened the cutting-edge new change-room and toilet facility.

Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets and have extra features such as a tracking hoist and more space to meet the needs of people with a disability.

The Andrews Labor Government is providing $2.6 million to fund a network of 26 Changing Places across Victoria with Zoos Victoria receiving $100,000 for the Healesville Sanctuary facility.

Victoria was the first Australian state to launch Changing Places and continues to lead the way nationally in making public spaces more accessible. There are now over 100 Changing Places across Australia.

Changing Places will enable the 346,400 Victorians with high support needs to visit popular tourist locations, parks and community facilities across the state.

Changing Places is a key priority of the Absolutely everyone State Disability Plan for 2017–2020, which will see the Labor Government support a range of actions in partnership with the community to achieve greater inclusion.

To find out more about Changing Places and to find a facility near you please visit: https://changingplaces.org.au

Quotes attributable to the Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Victoria Danielle Green

“The Changing Places facility at the wonderful Healesville Sanctuary is another great example of the Labor Government creating inclusive communities, especially in regional Victoria.”

“Having a disability shouldn’t preclude anyone from participating in their community and enjoying exciting attractions like the Healesville Sanctuary.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“We’re building a fairer, more inclusive Victoria, and this wonderful facility opens up yet another important tourist destination to people with disability.”