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Have Your Say On How We Change Places To Change Lives

The Andrews Labor Government is calling for community input on the location of 15 newChanging Places to help more people with a disability.

More than $1.5 million is being invested in the construction of the new Changing Placesfacilities, and it’s important people take the time to have their say in the survey being launched today.

Changing Places are larger than standard accessible toilets with extra features and additional space to meet the needs of people with a disability and their carers.

The funding was announced through the Victorian Budget 2016/17 to kick-start initiatives through the State Disability Plan 2017-2020, to be revealed later this year.

The Labor Government has previously funded Changing Places facilities at Melbourne Zoo, Melbourne Cricket Ground and Victoria Park (Ballarat), with a mobile Marveloo operated by Maroondah City Council.

Works are already underway for two more facilities at the St Kilda Lifesaving Club and within the central business district in Shepparton.

In addition, a Changing Places facility will also become part of Rod Laver Arena as part of the Government’s $338 million investment in Stage Two of the Melbourne Park redevelopment.

The survey is being conducted to seek feedback from people with disabilities, their family, carers and the community about where facilities are needed most.

The survey will be conducted by the Association for Children with a Disability on behalf of the Government.

The survey closes on Monday 10 October 2016. Further information can be found atwww.changingplaces.org.au

Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley

“Having a disability shouldn’t exclude anyone from participating in their community or attending events.”

“These bathrooms are a vast improvement on standard facilities and actually allow for people with a disability to attend events that we would all take for granted – like the footy.”

“I would encourage everyone to let us know where they think a Changing Place facility would be best located in their local community.”