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Mitchell and Macedon shire councils and the City of Whittlesea were each successful in securing grant money to build accessible restrooms.

People with a disability will have greater access to comfortable public restrooms, following the State Government announcement of grants to build 18 new, fully accessible public restrooms across Victoria.

Mitchell Shire Council will build one at Wallan’s Hadfield Park, the City of Whittlesea was funded for Whittlesea, Banyule and Nillumbik Marveloo; and Macedon Ranges Shire Council at Gisborne Adventure Playground.

Many of the accessible restrooms with adult change tables and hoists will be placed in tourist areas, such as the Great Ocean Road and Melburne CBD.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Anthony Carbines said the Changing Places program offered grants of up to $110,000 for each project.

There are now 90 Changing Places in Victoria, out of 193 nationally. To see existing Changing Places locations, visit changingplaces.org.au/find-a-toilet.

Victorian Companion Card holders are now eligible for a free Master Locksmiths Access Key – a universal access key used to open Changing Places facilities. Apply online at masterlocksmiths.com.au/mlak.

Mr Carbines said the restrooms were relied on by 326,000 Victorians.

“These new Changing Places will open up even more of Victoria, allowing people with disability to enjoy the best our state has to offer,” he said.

“Changing Places make a real difference in people’s lives by removing barriers to getting out and about – whether close to home or at major tourist sites.”