Accessible path to the seashore

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Emu Point beachgoers will have better access to the shoreline after the installation of a pathway on the sand.

The City of Albany installed the recycled plastic path earlier this month, just to the left of the jetty.

The path will allow access for wheelchair, gopher and mobility device users, as well as people with prams wanting to get on the beach and to the ocean shore.

Senior development officer Rani Param said the installation was the result of feedback identifying the need for ease of access on local beaches.

“We’ve had feedback from people and those with a disability, in particular, wanted to have better access to beaches,” she said.

“People can use their own wheelchairs and stay on them and still get to the beach. It also benefits people with prams and seniors with walking frames.”

The path will be trialled for the next few months to test usage, location and the overall product.

“Whether the product itself is suitable for the environment and whether it meets the needs of the people and the demand,” Ms Param said.

“(We) thought the product would be suitable particularly for this beach.”

After the trial, and if successful, Ms Param said the City would look at developing it further at other locations.

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