Suzie Christensen, Lord Howe Island Board, Lord Howe Island Signal
Community members and visitors with limited mobility will have better access to Lord Howe’s beaches and outdoor environments, with the introduction of two new pieces of equipment available.
To ensure everyone can enjoy our beaches, the Sandcruiser All-terrain Wheelchair will be available to help navigate over sand, rocks, and other uneven terrain. Its large, wide wheels are specifically designed to provide stability on any surface while distributing weight evenly.
The second piece of equipment, the All-Terrain Rollator, will provide support to those who prefer to walk but require additional support and stability on uneven surfaces (including sand).
The Rollator’s large, sturdy wheels and comfortable seat will make it easy to take breaks and rest along your journey.
Both pieces of equipment can be utilised in the water. A trial period will be undertaken for the hire process and equipment functionality. We will consult with the community for feedback on both.
Equipment will be free for hire during the trial period. Administration and maintenance costs may be assessed afterwards.
Every person should have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and connect with the island’s incredible nature. With these new pieces of mobility equipment, beach access will be easier and more inclusive for all.
The equipment will be available in the coming weeks, with the availability and hire process to be announced via a householder.
This article appeared in The Lord Howe Island Signal, 30 April 2023.