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Accessibility on the Central Coast

Accessibility

Central Coast Council is continuing to improve accessibility to its services and facilities so that all residents and visitors can enjoy the local environment and activities.

Disability Action Plan

Central Coast Council is developing a new Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) and we are seeking input from people with disabilities: what will make your community and your council more accessible and inclusive? 

To get your feedback we are hosting a number of events and community forums across the Central Coast in September. Visit our Event page for further information and bookings.

Accessible events guide

To provide event planners and community representatives with tips and tools to plan an event that can be enjoyed by everyone, council has put together a handy Accessible Events Guide (PDF)/ Accessible Events Guide (Word).

Beach wheelchairs

Beach wheelchairs are available at selected surf clubs for people with physical disabilities or reduced mobility.

There are two different types of beach wheelchair available: six Sand Cruiser models and two new Hippocampe chairs.

More information is available on the Beach Services page.

Accessing council public toilets

Most of council’s accessible public toilets should be open when other public toilets are open. However, if you need to access an accessible public toilet after hours, you can use the Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK).

The MLAK is a master key that fits into specially designed locks allowing 24 hour a day access to public amenities for people with a disability. Many accessible public toilets can be opened using the MLAK.

To be eligible to purchase a key, you must have a disability and a letter of authority from:

  • A doctor;
  • A disability organisation; or
  • The centre manager or owner of a building with an accessible building onsite.

Where can I purchase an MLAK?

The key can be purchased from locksmiths who are members of the Master Locksmiths Association. To find out more, contact your local locksmith.

Where are the accessible toilets?

You can find a full list of accessible and non-accessible public toilets across Australia by searching the National Public Toilet Map or call 1800 990 64.

Need more information?

If you need more information about the MLAK system please contact the Master Locksmith's Association on 1800 810 698 or Spinal Cord Injuries Australia on 1800 819 775.

Useful contacts

Community Care Access Point (CCAP)
The CCAP is a confidential telephone intake, assessment and referral service. It can help you to find out about community care services in the Hunter and Central Coast areas.

Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 
The Commission's goal is to foster greater understanding and protection of human rights in Australia and to address the human rights concerns of a broad range of individuals and groups including people with disabilities.

Central Coast Disability Network (CCDN)
Offers an information and referral service, individual advocacy for people with a disability, and community access and support services for people with an acquired brain injury.

Aging, Disability and Home Care (ADHC)
Part of the Department of Family and Community Services, the ADHC aims to provide more integrated services for vulnerable client groups in NSW.

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