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Government responds to Whyalla enquiry

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Friday, October 11, 2019

The State Government has confirmed the new $100m high school will enhance Whyalla’s reputation as a friendly city for those living with a disability.

This was revealed after a City of Whyalla Facebook friend enquired about disabled access at the new facility following the release of the design this week by the Education Minister John Gardner.

Jen Phillips thought the design looked ‘fantastic’ and asked if it was going to be ‘wheelchair accessible’.

Council put that question to the State Government and received a prompt and extensive reply.

A statement from the Minister’s office explained that the new Whyalla school design is based on principles of inclusive learning, equal access and equity of use.

“Lifts provide access to all floor levels and all internal and external areas are wheelchair accessible." the statement said.

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INCLUSIVE: The new high school will have wheelchair allocated spaces.

"Inclusive learning areas include landscape and recreational elements that are designed for wheelchair and mobility assistance usability and the school has dedicated drop off/pick up for students and staff that require mobility assistance.

“Joinery items like science benches, Heat and Eat, and typical classroom settings have been carefully designed to accommodate multiple uses.”

The government went on to say that areas with fixed seating in the gymnasium and forum space would have wheelchair allocated spaces and counters designed for equal access.

“Toilet facilities have provision for equal access requirements with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act) facilities on all floors and in all learning precincts,” the statement said.

“Equity of access extends to the outdoor environment, including graded pathways to all outdoor learning spaces, shelters and sports facilities.”

MORE STORIES ON THE NEW HIGH SCHOOL

October 9: New school designed released

July 3: High school build opportunities

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STATE OF THE ART: An artist's impression of the new school.

 

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