Rolling out the welcome mat to improve access to Alex beach
  • Thursday 27 April 2017

Alexandra Headland has become the first beach on the Sunshine Coast to roll out the welcome mat to increase beach access for people with disabilities.

The exciting new addition will enable greater access to one of the Sunshine Coast’s most-loved beaches with disability matting now paving the way across the dunes to the water’s edge.

Councillors John Connolly and Jason O’Pray have worked with the Alex Surf Club and disability services over many months and were excited to officially launch the project today (April 27).

Cr Connolly applauded the efforts of the Alex Surf Club and welcomed the opportunity to open the beach for people of all abilities.

“So much of the community shares a love of the beach, the water and the sand. It’s a big part of why a lot of us love living here and it’s a big part of what brings us together as a community,” Cr Connolly said.

“It’s wonderful to share that with people of all abilities.

“Sunshine Coast Council is incredibly proud to partner with the Alex Surf Club to deliver this project.”

Cr O’Pray praised the efforts of council officers, surf lifesavers and disability support groups who have worked to bring the project from a concept to a reality.

“We have received so much support from the local community and we hope to be able roll this out at more beaches across the Sunshine Coast in the future,” Cr O’Pray said.

The matting is provided by Push Mobility Australia, and was supported with $20,000 funding from council operations and discretionary divisional funding.

Shane Hryhorec, from Push Mobility, said he was excited to see the Sunshine Coast Council deliver improved accessibility to their much-loved beaches.

“It’s exciting to see the first successful beach roll out on the Sunshine Coast and we’re hoping to see more councils follow suit,” Mr Hryhorec said.

Surf lifesavers from the Alex club will roll out the matting progressively over weekends and during peak periods during the warmer months, together with the Beach Accessible Wheelchair which available for free public use.

The combination makes the beach one of the most accessible in Queensland.

Full details about the access of public facilities, including Alex Beach, are available on council’s website.