No limit on enjoyment with beach wheelchair

Len Snowden is pushed by James Smith at the Shellharbour Beach. Pictures: SYLVIA LIBER

Len Snowden is pushed by James Smith at the Shellharbour Beach. Pictures: SYLVIA LIBER

The roll-out of beach wheelchairs continues across the Illawarra with a new Sandcruiser chair now available for public use at Shellharbour Village.

The wheelchair was bought by Shellharbour City Council for $4250.

"This is the third beach wheelchair made available for the public to use at beaches in Shellharbour City and is part of our ongoing commitment to providing equal access across our city," Mayor Marianne Saliba said. The others are provided by the council through the Warilla and Shellharbour Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Len Snowden, with Jim Bradley and Shellharbour Lord Mayor Marianne Saliba.

Len Snowden, with Jim Bradley and Shellharbour Lord Mayor Marianne Saliba.

The new chair is available for free public use from the Shellharbour Beachside Tourist Park and can be booked by contacting the tourist park on 4295 1123.

The large, wide tyres and rear wheel steering made it possible for the chair to pivot easily and it was ideal for people who had mobility limitations, including those with permanent disability or temporary disability, Cr Saliba said.

"They make it possible for people with physical limitations to enjoy the seaside when they would otherwise be confined to the level surfaces of the foreshore."

Last week a Sandcruiser was delivered to the Seven Mile Beach Caravan Park thanks to money raised by the Gerroa Boat Fishermen's Club.

The presentation coincided with the 13th annual Disabled Surfers Association "Hands On Surfing Day" at Gerroa last Sunday attended by 326 "hardy souls" who braved the weekend's wet weather.

"To have 326 people turn up from all parts of the region under trying conditions was a great credit to all concerned," South Coast DSA President Ian Picton said.

The Gerroa event concluded the South Coast DSA's calendar of events for the season with the first event planned for the next season is at Mollymook on Saturday, November 15.

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