Pool access for all

The Keith and Bordertown Swimming Pools and the indoor pool at the Highway Church have all now got a mobile lifter located at their site.

This was part of the Tatiara District Councils Disability Access and Inclusion Plan, which highlighted a need to provide equitable access into the aquatic facilities within the Tatiara.

The three lifters were federally funded through Phase Two of the Local Roads Community Infrastructure Program and a generous contribution from A Brighter Future Inc.

A Brighter Future Inc. president Shirley Warncken said they are very excited to be a part of a project that provides the opportunity for the local community and visitors to enjoy the aquatic facilities whether it be for leisure or rehabilitation.

"It's for disabled people, but also older people," she said.

Bordertown Swimming Pool manager, Laura Nash said it was great to now have this access available at the pools for people who need it.

She explained the portable lifter is straightforward to use and once a carer has assisted the user into position the lifeguards will operate the lifter.

"Once it's in position it's pretty easy to use," she said.

Tatiara District Council have committed to building inclusive, connected and welcoming communities, and have determination to create a community where everyone can fulfill their potential and recognise the importance of inclusion, participation and equitable access for all involved.

The lifters could be utilised from Thursday, January 13 and all you have to do to use them is contact the relevant pool and staff can assist you from there.