The Byron Bay Herb Nursery staff were all able to enjoy the beach at their Christmas picnic day with thanks to the availability of Byron Shire Council’s Free Wheeler beach chair and assistance from staff in transporting the chair to the special Christmas picnic at Brunswick Heads.

“Our workers had a fantastic time in the wheelchair. It was a great way to end the year,” said Teresa White from the Byron Bay Herb Nursery.

Byron Bay Herb Nursery provides employment and training opportunities in the Byron Shire for people with an intellectual disability who require ongoing support to work.

Byron Shire’s Aged and Disability Officer Karen Ingleman said: “The Free Wheeler beach chair has been designed to be pushed over the sand with ease, and can also be used on the water’s edge.

“Most of us enjoy swimming at the beach and council is committed to providing access for all the community.

“Providing the beach wheelchair is another step in ensuring the Byron’s natural assets are accessible for everyone to enjoy.

“Clarks Beach is a great location for the freewheeler because of the accessible facilities for people with a disability, including a shower, a picnic table, car parking and public toilets.”

The beach wheelchair is provided free of charge for use at Clarks Beach and the chair is suited to anyone with mobility difficulties, aged 6 years and over.

It is currently located in the Pacific Apartments opposite Clarks Beach, 62-64 Lawson Street Byron Bay.

For more information on the Wheelchair and how to book, check the council’s website www.byron.nsw.nsw.gov.au or phone Sally and Michael at the Pacific Apartments 02 6685 7597.

PICTURE: Nursery employee Simon Ulyatt (in the beach wheelchair) with nursery supervisor Debbie Shortis enjoying the beach at Byron Bay Herb Nursery’s Christmas Picnic.