People living with disabilities in the Shire of Moorabool can look forward to a more manageable and independent lifestyle with the construction of a Changing Places Marveloo facility in Bacchus Marsh.
Marveloos are portable changing places, which are larger than standard accessible toilets. They have extra features and more space to meet the needs of people with high-support needs, thus enabling them to participate at events and festivals.
The construction of Marveloos at the Andy Arnold Centre in Bacchus Marsh has been made possible after Council was successful with a grant for $100,000 under the State Government’s $2 million Changing Places Program which supports up to 20 Changing Places facilities across Victoria.
A Marveloo costs about $110,000 to build and while the Shire’s Marveloo will have a permanent home at the Andy Arnold Centre, it will be transported to events around the Shire and could be hired by adjoining municipalities.
There are an estimated 5,609 people living with a disability in our Shire, out of a total population of just over 30,000. Some people living with disability have high-care needs, and may need daily assistance. This vital caring role is often taken on by informal carers. People living with disability face a vast range of challenges in their daily lives such as restricted access to social and cultural events. Changing places facilities, such as Marveloos, enables people with disabilities, their carers and families to visit places or attend events they might not otherwise attend because of inadequate toilet facilities.
It means that events and festivals in Moorabool and neighbouring areas can be truly inclusive events. People with disabilities will not be limited in the places they can go to and the time they spend at an event. It will broaden their world and maximise their participation and inclusion in sporting, cultural and recreational events.
There will be a launch on 5 December at the Andy Arnold Centre, Bennett Street, Bacchus Marsh at 11.15am. Everyone is welcome to attend.