Catering for all abilities

Shared access of facilities and services for people with disabilities and the general community of the City of Kingston in Victoria is now possible with the redevelopment of the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre in Parkdale. Launched in September by Council and Scope, formerly the Spastic Society of Victoria, the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre has been refurbished into four program rooms and a gymnasium.

In partnership with Scope, Council will offer services focusing on educational, developmental social, and leisure outcomes, offering a combination of on site activity options and linkages into community recreational, education and social pursuits.

“The redevelopment of the Centre to include the day services of Scope is consistent with Council’s aim to ensure equal access and equity to its services to all members of the community,” said Mayor Topsy Petchey.

Total funding for the redevelopment was $685,000 with $400,000 received from the Department of Human Services, $140,000 from Scope, $50,000 from Scope Parents’ Association, and $95,000 from the City of Kingston.

“The inaugural partnership agreement provides the ideal environment to develop quality outcomes for clients and their carers,” said Regional Manager, Southern Metropolitan Region, Scope, Gary Fisher. “It also has the potential to become a model of best practice service for the Department of Human Services, City of Kingston, and Scope, in relation to the Victorian Disability Services Standards and the Disability Services Act.”

Approximately 20 clients now attend the Don Tatnell Leisure Centre on a daily basis and the remaining clients attend a second new site in Chelsea.

For further information, contact Council’s Manager Leisure Facilities, Dean Walker, on (03) 9555 3358.