Disability Access For Beach

After months of research and negotiations — not to mention over a year of fundraising — Tracey Everingham Armstrong has raised the money that will go towards the purchase of mobility matting for Ballina, costing a total of $19,200.

Mobility Matting is designed to give people in wheelchairs or using sticks or walking frames access to the beach. It is a durable, portable and removable rollout access pathway, that can be laid across sand.

Tracey is gifting the matting to disability service provider, Northcott, who will take ownership and responsibility for it.

It will be housed at Ballina Surf Life Saving Club and rolled out when the beach is patrolled (holidays, weekends, summer breaks) by the surf life savers on duty.


The launch of the mat will be at 10 am on Saturday 29 April at Ballina Surf Life Saving Club at Lighthouse Beach.

Big Dog Television will be there! Plus there will be entertainment from Horace Bevan and band (Tracey will probably sing a number or two!), plus sausage sizzle and a word from the Mayor. NBN will be there. It’s a kid-friendly event, so tell your friends.

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