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Koombana beach party to include everyone

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
City of Bunbury senior community relations and partnerships officer Kerry Shaw road tests Koombana Bay’s beach matting with Balwyn House members Chris Jones, Simon Engelev and Rebecca Merdith.
Camera IconCity of Bunbury senior community relations and partnerships officer Kerry Shaw road tests Koombana Bay’s beach matting with Balwyn House members Chris Jones, Simon Engelev and Rebecca Merdith. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

Koombana Bay will come alive on Monday for a unique beach party celebrating International Day of People with Disability.

Bunbury City Council in collaboration with WA iSports will host the free community Beach Accessibility Day.

Party-goers will be able to road test the bay’s brand new beach wheelchairs and newly-installed beach matting, which gives wheelchair users easier access to the shoreline.

There will also be a range of activities to get involved in such as disc and SNAG golf, bocce, sensory rugby and a free sausage sizzle.

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Mayor Gary Brennan said he encouraged everyone in the community to attend the celebration.

“This is a fantastic way to acknowledge and support those who live with disability and to also showcase the accessible features at Koombana Foreshore,” Mr Brennan said.

“The beach matting, wheelchairs, Changing Places facility along with the accessible barbecues, drink fountains and picnic tables have all been implemented to further assist in allowing this popular spot to be accessible to all.”

International Day of People with Disability is a United Nations sanctioned day that is celebrated around Australia and across the world.

It aims to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with a disability and celebrate their achievements and contributions.

The 2018 theme is “empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusive equality” which aligns with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The beach party starts at 3.30pm.

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