A new mobile accessible bathroom is set to make it easier than ever for Wagga residents living with a disability and their carers to stay involved and included in community life.
On Tuesday, Wagga City Council unveiled its new Marveloo, a lay down adult change facility in Bolton Park.
Council’s social planning coordinator, Lisa Saffery, said the new facility was also fitted with a fully-automated ceiling hoist.
“This will mean that they don’t have to go all the way home or go to a faraway location, that they can stay up town, do their shopping, do the things that they need to do, come to festivals, and stay included,” Ms Saffery said.
“It provides dignity, it's something we all have – able bodied people – we can walk into a toilet, in most cases, easily anywhere.”
Kerein Mullins, who is both a carer and an ability linker with Intereach, said this was something Wagga’s combined disability services had been lobbying for for a couple of years.
“A lot of carers want to take their loved ones out into to community, but a lot of the time they don’t, because they have to take them home for changing and toileting,” Ms Mullins said.
“This will make it so much easier – it’s a short walk from the main street, if you’re out at an event the person that you’re caring for will be able to be toileted just like everyone else and be able to be out in the community more, which is what we want for everyone.”
The Marveloo will be available to anyone with a Master Locksmith Association Key, which provides people with disabilities and their carers to 24/7 access to any bathroom like it across the country.