2017 NSW DISABILITY ACCESS INCLUSION AWARDS
CATEGORY 3 - Outdoor Public Domain Space Project: Wet'n'Wild Sydney Access Consultants: Howard Moutrie - Accessible Building Solutions and Farah Madon - Vista Access Architects Architect: The Buchan Group, Sydney Builder: Lipman
VIDEO LINK This Village Roadshow thrill ride theme park in Western Sydney is a theme park which traditionally, due to safety and insurance requirements would not be considered to be accessible. However, despite these limitations the judges were impressed by the strategy to make the facility as accessible as possible. This included consultation with a number of disability groups to determine what they would like to see provided. The park includes reasonable percentages of accessible pool experiences, as well as accessible furniture and facilities. In particular, the accessibility guide to the park and rides, added to the potential inclusive experience for park visitors. The judges were impressed by the commentary on the effectiveness of the design by BJ a young wheelchair user and his mother Julie.
“I was surprised last weekend when we visited to find that we stayed all day and left having had a great day of experiences. The smile never left BJ’s face and we found that wheelchair access was surprisingly good” Julie Jones, Have Wheelchair Will Travel
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