Using the EA Networks Centre will become easier for disabled people, thanks to Ashburton District Council's decision today to fund a ceiling hoist for one of the Centre's four accessible changing rooms.
The $13,000 hoist will assist in transferring people from wheelchairs to a purpose-designed changing bed.
The EA Networks Centre has been popular with disabled people since it opened in May 2015 and there has been increasing demand for a ceiling hoist to make it easier for people to change after swimming in the pools.
Use of the changing facilities has until now required a carer to lift a disabled person from a chair to the changing bed and back again.
EA Networks Centre Manager Steve Prescott said it was important for people with disabilities and their carers to be able to use the Centre easily and safely.
"We want everyone to have access to the fantastic facilities here and this hoist will make a significant difference. Not only will it mean easier access to our facilities – and fewer injuries for carers – but it will make it easier for the Centre to host people with a wide range of disabilities."