As part of the Revitalising Central Geelong Partnership with The City of Greater Geelong and the Victorian Government, we opened our Changing Places facility at Westfield Geelong today.
Changing Places is an accessible adult change facility and meets the needs of individuals with high support requirements and their carers, by including a full-size height adjustable bench, hoist, shower, peninsular toilet and more space to use the toilets safely, privately and comfortably.
Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens and our local customer, Jack Tori, officially opened the facility, which is the third of its kind in the city.
Jack made an impromptu and heartfelt speech, saying that services such as these “help me feel more independent and human”.
Member for Geelong, Christine Couzens, said: “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.”
Westfield Geelong Centre Manager, Lauren Frew, said: “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 places 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.”