Accessible playgrounds, beaches and facilities
Secret Harbour Inclusive Play Space
The Harbour Playground inclusive play space is on the Secret Harbour foreshore and is designed for all ages and abilities. It is a play space for the entire community which provides opportunities for families and friends with different abilities and skills to play alongside each other in a safe environment. The park features an “underwater cave” with a giant octopus. All areas of the cave, including the tunnel are accessible and offer a range of play pieces including seaweed ropes, slides and a giant whirlpool net. There are also a wide range of play areas that include a cruise line swing and a wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
Fantasy Park - Waikiki
This award-winning accessible playground for people with disability is located in Rand Avenue in Waikiki.
The park features:
- A sensory garden and touching panels for the visually impaired
- Large stone animal sculptures designed for interactive play
- User-friendly barbecues and picnic tables
- Eight accessible parking bays on site
- Accessible unisex toilet on site
- A pick-up/set down bay suitable for a bus is provided in the parking area.
For more information visit the Access WA website.
The City is renowned for its wonderful coastline, and this is a major attraction for residents and visitors alike. Access to the beach and water has emerged as a major issue for people with disability, not only for people in wheelchairs, but also for people with mobility restrictions.
Beach access pathways
The City of Rockingham has developed beach access pathways to allow people with disability easier access to the beach via a direct path from the car park to the foreshore area. Beach access pathways are currently located at:
- Val Street Jetty, Rockingham
- Governor Road Reserve, East Rockingham
- Secret Harbour Beach (pathway closest to the Surf Life Saving Club).
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Beach trekker wheelchairs
Beach trekker wheelchairs enable people with disability and their carers to access Rockingham beaches. The City has three beach trekker wheelchairs available for people to use free of charge.
They are available from two locations:
To hire a beach trekker wheelchair, please call The Cruising Yacht Club on 9527 5468 or Rockingham Wild Encounters on 9591 1333.
To enable the beach wheelchairs to be used to their full potential, the City has purchased accessible beach matting.
The beach matting provides an access pathway that can be used for people with a disability, pedestrians, wheelchair users, parents with prams and the elderly. It makes for easy access for people with disabilities and those who may find access onto the beach difficult, and assists users to gain direct access to the water.
The beach matting is used to enhance access to a variety of community events, and is available between October and May each year at the following locations:
- Rockingham Foreshore, next to the Peace Pavilion
- Governor Road Reserve, East Rockingham.
Assistance for customers who use hearing aids
Portable, cross the counter, hearing loops are now available to provide assistance to customers at the following locations:
- Mary Davies Library and Community Centre
- Warnbro Community Library
- Rockingham Central Library
- Safety Bay Library
- Autumn Centre
- Aqua Jetty
- Administration Building.
These units provide hearing aid wearers with assistance in situations where they are having one-to-one conversations in meetings, at reception desks or other customer service situations.
What is a Hearing Loop?
A hearing loop (sometimes called an induction loop) is an assistive listening device that benefits people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid when it is set to the T position.
- Unwanted background noise is minimised
- Sound goes directly into the hearing aid
- Can be used by anyone with a compatible hearing aid (please note that not all hearing aids have a T position).
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Rockingham offers great facilities for fishing enthusiasts, and both the Val Street and Palm Beach jetties have been designed to allow easy access for people in wheelchairs or with other mobility restrictions.
Accessible toilet facilities are also available nearby to both jetties.
More information about accessible fishing locations is available on the Fishability website, including a map of fishing locations across Western Australia which are categorised according to their level of accessibility for people with disability.
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Adult change facilities
A fundamental barrier to social inclusion is a lack of appropriate toileting facilities for people with severe or profound disability. The City of Rockingham is seeking to address this by building toilet facilities that have adult sized change tables, a hoist and enough space for a carer to assist.
These toilet facilities are being considered for inclusion in some new community facilities and are currently available at the following venues: