Kāpiti Reference Group says Invercargill doing better than KCDCBy Alan Tristram
The Kāpiti Disability Reference Group says: “We appreciate that sometime in the future unaided access by user-operated chair-lift might be provided at the Aquatic Centre.
“However, in the here and now these units are available — and it would have been excellent to see one installed as a means of compliance with the NZ Standard, rather than as a retro-fit which always seems more expensive.
We’re pleased to see Invercargill City Council has gone this way with a $16,468 lift-chair that users can operate themselves. It was installed in December at the Invercargill Splash Palace and has been well received.
(Report follows from the Invercargill Council’s website):
Invercargill’s help for disabled swimmers
Splash Palace has a new pool lift for people with disabilities and is inviting users and groups representing people with disabilities to a demonstration on Tuesday, December 18 at 11am.
Invercargill City Council Pools Manager, Peter Thompson said that after issues with the two existing lifts for disabled people, that were both over 12 years old, Council decided to replace them with a modern, semi-mobile unit that can service both the main pool and the spa pool.
The new system cost $16,468 (including GST and freight) and was funded by the ILT Foundation, the Community Trust of Southland and the Council (each contributed a third of the cost).
“The new lift allows users to operate the lift themselves and a unique seat on the lift is specifically designed to provide users with the greatest possible safety, comfort and ease of transfer,” Mr Thomson said.
“The new unit has a lifting capacity of 136kg and it has two control units, one attached to the lift, and an additional hand control. The hand control is waterproof and allows either the user or an attendant to control the lift.”