Curry reserve water play space now fully accessible for all abilities

Ready to play: Hayley Edwards, 16, and her mother Jody with mayor Theresa Fedeli are all happy with the new inclusive facilities at Curry Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett
Ready to play: Hayley Edwards, 16, and her mother Jody with mayor Theresa Fedeli are all happy with the new inclusive facilities at Curry Reserve. Picture: Simon Bennett

Elderslie's Curry Reserve Water Play Space is now home to the Macarthur region's area's first fully accessible and accredited public toilet and adult change facility.

The new change facility recently received its Changing Places Australia accreditation.

It is wheelchair-accessible and includes a tracking adult hoist system, full-sized adjustable change table, a new toilet and shower and change room amenities.

Its accreditation means the facility is certified to cater for users with high support needs and their carers, where additional space, assistance and specialised equipment are required to allow them to use amenities safely and comfortably.

Camden mayor Theresa Fedeli said she was incredibly proud to be only the fifth council in the state to receive a Changing Places Australia accreditation in a public space.

"The closest councils offering a public and Changing Places accredited facility includes Canterbury-Bankstown, Georges River and Lake Macquarie," Cr Fedeli said.

"There are more than 6000 Camden residents currently living with some form of disability, so it's important for us at council to create inclusive and happy spaces that our residents don't have to travel long distances to access.

"I'm also incredibly proud to say Camden is the only council in the Sydney region to offer free Master Lock Access Keys (MLAK) for this public facility to eligible residents.

"The MLAK system is an innovative one that enables people with disability to have 24/7 access to accessible public facilities. We're also the only council in Australia to offer an innovative pin pad code system for our facility."

Local resident, Jody Edwards, said the space and now the accredited change facility has made life a lot easier for her family.

"My 16-year-old daughter, Hayley, has Angelman syndrome," Ms Edwards said.

"Hayley loves water, so being able to completely immerse herself with the help of the wet wheelchairs and watch the water spurt up around her makes her day. And now we have no changing issues at Curry Reserve."

For more information, visit camden.nsw.gov.au/major-developments.