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Gayle Glennon Wembley,
severe arthritis “I go to the beach,
but it’s a real trek to get to the water.
It’s like walking in quicksand. A ramp to
the water’s edge would be fantastic.”
Mathew Du Plessis,
Surf Lifesaving WA coordinator
“This is good for the community.
Anything to help disabled people
should be done, and more.”
Nigel Gribble Curtin
University occupational therapist
“Research shows participation is linked
to wellness and quality of life. Something
like this can make a big difference.”
Steve Brown surfer
“In Hawaii, I saw a man, who had
only one leg, hop across the sand
to the water with his board. He
surfed a five-metre wave to the shore,
We go behind the headlines to speak with the
West Australian movers, shakers and opinion leaders
behind the big issues affecting our city and State
We have our usual beaches and dog beaches,
and February will signal a world-first for our
beach-loving disabled. Rick Murphy reports
he Perth coastline is a sacred site for most Sandgropers. The
bleached white sand and mouthwash-blue waters of our
metropolitan beaches are considered sacrosanct in the public
imagination. As each summer approaches, we cast off the winter
blues and prepare for a season of sun, surf and play. A day at the beach is
both our natural birthright and a cultural imperative. It is something we would
never take for granted...well, okay, maybe just a little.
Terry Mader doesn’t take the beach for granted. The logistics forbid
complacency. Terry, you see, is confined to a wheelchair. For him, and
many thousands of West Australians, a day at the beach requires planning,
preparation and an inevitable loss of dignity.
Terry, a former champion wheelchair athlete, must be carried or,
worse still, dragged across the sand to reach the water’s edge. Without
assistance he is forced to spend his summer days looking on from the car
park. The g ood news is that a number of disparate yet like-minded groups
are working towards obliterating this exclusion zone, and in the process
hope to establish the world’s first universal beach access area, designed for
Perth’s beach-loving disabled community.
Artist’s impression of the
proposed People’s Beach.
OPPOSITE Terry Mader
and his wife Nicolette.
DISCUSS | THE PEOPLE’S BEACH
FORUM state of play
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