In the Media

Kelly Vincent – Vision Australia Interview on Accessible Beaches and Playgrounds

On Wednesday 6 July 2016 Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent was interviewed on radio station Vision Australia to discuss Dignity for Disability’s views on recent accessible beaches and playgrounds in South Australia. Here is the transcript and audio from the interview.

Pam Green: Time now to welcome to 5RPH, Dignity for Disability MLC Kelly Vincent. Hi Kelly.

Kelly Vincent: Hello Pam.

Pam Green: Well I understand you’ve written to a number of coastal local councils in South Australia about the need for beach ramps. So people who use mobility aids or perhaps families and people using prams can safely access the beach through the soft sand, can you tell us a bit about this?

Kelly Vincent: Certainly. Dignity for Disability has been in contact with all metropolitan coastal councils, you’re right. And there’s a number of projects underway looking at how councils can fund and provide beach ramps, or beach mats. Which is basically a rubber massing that allows people like you say, who might be using wheelchairs, or even elderly people with walking frames or parents of young children with prams to get that device with wheels whatever it might be onto the sand at the beach and enjoy the beach just like everyone else. So there’s a number of projects underway, we now have beach mats at Seacliff and Semaphore beaches and it’s great to see more councils starting to put this on their agenda. So we are now in contact as well with all regional metropolitan councils about it. As there are a number of beaches also used in regional areas by both locals and tourists and it would be great to see every beach become more accessible for everyone.

Pam Green: And I believe even last Friday you went to the launch of a ramp at the Port Adelaide Enfield council area?

Kelly Vincent: That’s right. It was a very wet and wild afternoon at Semaphore beach but certainly worth braving the elements to see the mat rolled out there for the first time and see a few wheelchair users get to use the ramp/mat for the first time. So I think it will be a great investment for the city of Port Adelaide Enfield and I certainly congratulate them on achieving this. It will be great to see it rolled out but when the weathers a bit nicer it will be even better. But I think it’s going to be a great investment and we’re now hoping to see the Port Adelaide Enfield council support a changing places toilet to make the area even more accessible to locals and tourists who might need to get changed or use a bathroom while they’re at the beach as well. So some great work underway that we’re happy to help with and support wherever we can.

Pam Green: And just yesterday you met with an organisation about building a Touched by Olivia playground in the Marion council area. Are there many accessible playgrounds in Adelaide currently?

Kelly Vincent: Well the Marion project will be the first official, if you like, Touched by Olivia playground in South Australia. They have done some work establishing such playground in other states but this will be the first one in SA. Having said that, there are a number of playgrounds with a level of inclusivity or accessibility here in SA including Hazelwood park playground, Bonython park, the Adelaide Zoo of course, and on the Glenelg foreshore and there are also a number of liberty swings or wheelchair accessible swings around Adelaide. So certainly some great work has been done but it’s great to see that work continuing by organisations like Touched by Olivia and we’re happy with whomever we are able to, to help make South Australia a more accessible and inclusive place for everyone.

Pam Green: As always thanks for your time today Kelly.

Kelly Vincent: Thank you Pam.