Westfield Geelong will have purpose-built changing place amenities as part of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project.
The amenities will provide an all-abilities, private space for people and their carers to attend to their needs. The location has been chosen due to the centre’s long opening hours, the proximity to retail, parking and other amenities and the existing accessibility features within the centre.
Funded jointly by the Victorian Government and Scentre Group (the owner and operator of Westfield in Australia and New Zealand), these amenities are being provided for the community through the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership.
The changing place amenities are an integral part of the Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project currently underway, creating more accessible footpaths and facilities in central Geelong, including at the waterfront.
These works follow an accessibility audit of central Geelong undertaken by the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership that identified the barriers to easy access encountered by people with mobility limitations, particularly those relying on wheelchairs.
An upgrade to pedestrian access at the Moorabool Street entrance to Westfield is now complete, and further accessibility improvement works in the Eastern Beach area are being undertaken.
The accessibility upgrades will significantly improve movement and access for all path users, providing universal access for everyone to enjoy our great city.
The Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project works are due for completion by late-2019.
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Planning, the Hon Richard Wynne MP:
We’re working with the City of Greater Geelong to turn the city into a magnet for new jobs and sustainable growth, which is accessible for all.
The Central Geelong Accessibility Improvements Project is an important part of the revitalisation of the city centre, significantly improving movement and access in high activity areas in central Geelong.
Quotes attributable to Member for Geelong Christine Couzens:
Geelong is an inclusive, diverse and close-knit city deserving of all-access facilities to benefit the local community.
All members of the Geelong community should be able to make use of the Westfield shopping centre, and central Geelong, and we’re making that a reality.
Quotes attributable to Geelong Mayor Bruce Harwood:
The changing place at Westfield will be a great addition to central Geelong, making it easier and more appealing for many people to visit the shopping centre and surrounds.
As a UNESCO City of Design, we’re aiming to design places that are welcoming for everyone, and these new facilities are in line with our vision to be a leader in accessibility and social inclusion.
Quotes attributable to Westfield Geelong Centre Manager, Craig Tapping:
Westfield Geelong is pleased to be collaborating with Revitalising Central Geelong to deliver changing place facilities for our customers and their carers.
We want our living centres to be inclusive and welcoming, and to empower our customers of all abilities to experience our living centre with dignity and respect. This changing place facility is an important step in creating a more inclusive community environment as well as improving access, facilities and services for Westfield Geelong customers to support them enjoy an easy and positive experience with us.