Wheelchair makes beach access easier

The smiles on dials will return to Seven Mile Beach on Sunday at the Disabled Surfers Association's 13th annual Gerroa hands-on day.

This year there is an extra reason for the association to smile, with the donation of a new Sandcruiser wheelchair to be based at Seven Mile Beach.

Disabled Surfers Association (DSA) director Jim Bradley said for many people with a disability, a trip to the beach could often land in the "too hard basket".

"The Sandcruiser is an Australian-made chair worth about $4500 and this one was purchased with the money raised by Bill Preston and his crew at the Gerroa Boat Fishermen's Club," Mr Bradley said.

"It will be used by DSA on Sunday, but will be left at the Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park and will be made available to the public."

Mr Bradley said the special chairs were starting to have a recognisable presence on the coast, with 11 now available for public use between Stanwell Park and Gerroa.

He said Gerroa was recognised as the safest location in Australia for DSA surfing activities and more than 250 people took part in last year's hands-on event.

"The day is open to everyone, participants and volunteers alike - it's all about putting smiles on dials safely," he said.

Sign-in is from 9am to 9.30am at Emery Park, which is on the northern side of the Crooked River at Gerroa.

For more information visit disabledsurfers.org or contact Mr Bradley on 0458 759 999.

Sandcruiser wheelchairs are available to help people with a disability access the following locations in the Illawarra: 

Stanwell Park (see council lifeguard)

Thirroul Beach (see council lifeguard)

North Wollongong Beach (see council lifeguard)

Port Kembla Ocean Pool (see council lifeguard)

Warilla Beach SLSC

Shellharbour SLSC

South Shellharbour Tourist Park (see managers)

Kiama Surf Beach (see council lifeguard)

Gerroa Tourist Park (see managers)

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