Parks VIC’s initiative makes Wilsons Prom more accessible

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. The new equipment and upgraded facilities are 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. 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.

Dr David Stratton, who has MS and first brought the idea of the all-terrain wheelchair ‘the TrailRider’ to Parks Victoria at the Grampians last year, said the new chairs at the Prom were sensational additions to the park.

“Our family took great delight in climbing Mount Bishop in the TrailRider and walking on the beach in the beach-access wheelchair. It was the most amazing feeling to experience the heights, views and beauty of the Prom. I haven’t been on a beach for ten years. I encourage anyone, families or carers of a person with a disability to contact Parks Victoria about these great new facilities and equipment.”

Peter Van Benthem and his family also recently put the new facilities through their paces, and gave them the tick of approval.

“The accessible cabin was first class. It was open and had a good layout and met my high quadriplegia needs without any challenges at all. We really had a great time and have taken some great memories with us. I was especially pleased to be able to watch my son catching waves on his boogie board at the beach, with the help of the all-terrain beach wheelchair.”

This is a Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative.

Parks Victoria won the National Disability Award in 2011 under the Health and Wellbeing category and is implementing more access strategies for people with disabilities across the state.

For further information visit Parks Victoria’s website.

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