20 Sep Celebrating Accessibility: Agnes Water Introduces Australia’s First Community Operated Mobi Mat at Main Beach
Agnes Water is excited to announce the public launch of the community’s new Mobi Mat at it’s Main Beach which is set to take place this weekend near the recently constructed Tom Jeffery Park bridge.
The Heart of Agnes Community Association Inc successfully raised over $30,000 last month through their ‘Mobi Mat for Main Beach’ Community Fundraiser, improving public access for all people at Agnes Water’s at Main Beach. The Mobi Mat is the first community owned and operated Mat in Australia and is a fact that the local Agnes community is proud of.
Byron Mulligan who is the Heart of Agnes President, has shared his excitement about the upcoming launch.
“The resource is a huge win for Agnes and the Gladstone region, as we have received an overwhelming amount of support from our local community,” said Byron.
“The community managed to come together to raise money and it means a lot for us to be able to provide a more accessible and safer environment for our local community.”
The Mobi Mat is a well recognised tool that is often found on beaches around Australia and New Zealand. It provides a stable surface for anyone to cross the sand more easily. The mat was designed to be able to assist the elderly, anyone with an injury, disability, mobility or vision impairment as well as to assist families with small children.
The mat is set to be operated by Heart of Agnes volunteers and will be available every Wednesday and Saturday as well as daily for the duration of the school holidays.
Surf Life Saving Queensland has generously donated secure storage for the Mat and other ocean assistive devices.