Mobi-Mat access a first for Queensland beaches
IN A first for Queensland beaches, Fraser Coast wheelchair users will soon be able to roll right down to the water to go for a splash.
More than 80 people took part in a trial of Mobi-Mat beach access matting at Torquay Beach on Sunday, with many getting into the ocean for the very first time.
The event was such a resounding success that Fraser Coast Regional Councillor George Seymour has already announced the council will purchase the special matting and make the beach accessible to everyone.
"Seeing people put their feet in the water for the first time was incredible," Cr Seymour said.
"We're definitely going to get one. It's a fundamental part of being Australian to be able to go to the beach."
The matting is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, and provides a hard surface for wheelchair, scooter and pram users to roll down on to hard sand.
Cr Seymour said a group of volunteers would be formed to roll the mat out each Saturday and then roll it back up at the end of the day - a process that only takes a few minutes.
The Mobi-Mat is produced by company Push Mobility, and spokesman Liam Thomas said while the mats were in use in other states, the Fraser Coast was the first council in Queensland to embrace the concept.
"We have had more interest from the Fraser Coast than anywhere else in the country," he said.
A location has not yet been decided for the matting, which will cost $10,00 to $15,000.
- The Mobi-Mat is a first for Queensland beaches
- It is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles
- It provides a hard surface for wheelchair, scooter and pram users to roll down on hard sand
- The matting could cost $10,000 to $15,000
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