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Tourism plan for disabled

  • December 4, 2009
  • Bruce Bromley

COLLAROY Beach could become a world-first disability tourism precinct under a proposal being considered by Warringah Council.

Volunteer group, The Disabled Surfers’ Association (DSA), has identified the Collaroy Beach area as an ideal location, given the considerable disabled access already present.

The vision is to create a holiday destination for people with disabilities and their carers as well as a specialist economic business hub for Collaroy.

It would be a place where not only access to the beach, including to the water using an amphibious wheelchair, is possible, but also restaurants, public transport, accommodation and entertainment facilities.

Tourism plan for disabled
Disabled Surfers’ Association Sydney president Adrian van Druten at
Collaroy beach Picture: BRADEN FASTIER

National President of the Disabled Surfers’Association, Gary Blaschke runs 14 branches in Australia and New Zealand and said Collaroy has the best infrastructure in place.

“It is reasonably accessible to the beach with the pathway, it has a ramp going down into the pool and the railing and there are disabled toilets close to the parking area,” he said.

But Mr Blaschke said there was still a fair bit or work needed for the area to be classed as a “world’s best” location.

On Tuesday, Warringah Council will vote on whether to pursue the idea.