Accessible aquatics at the Rex Centre

Rex Centre duty manager Gary Barber, Barossa Leisure Pools Damien Lehmann, Disability Access and Inclusion advisory group chairperson Mark Pfitzner with committee members Jacki Henschke and Penny Pfitzner, Feros Care representative Merinda Ward, Rex Centre manager Craig Wilson and Barossa Enterprise representative Karina Piro.
Rex Centre duty manager Gary Barber, Barossa Leisure Pools Damien Lehmann, Disability Access and Inclusion advisory group chairperson Mark Pfitzner with committee members Jacki Henschke and Penny Pfitzner, Feros Care representative Merinda Ward, Rex Centre manager Craig Wilson and Barossa Enterprise representative Karina Piro.

Aquatics at the Rex in Tanunda have become more accessible to community members living with a disability through the provision of a much anticipated upgraded chair lift.

The state-of-the-art, hospital grade chair lift is the only one of its kind to be installed at a public aquatics centre within the greater Barossa and northern area regions.

It now provides greater flexibility for users through its portability, enabling access to both the leisure and lap swimming pools.

The lift also features the adaptability for use in chair mode, or sling mode, depending on the user's needs, with the reassurance of handling a 136kg weight maximum.

In order to fulfil this accessible aquatics vision, The Barossa Council partnered with the Belgravia Foundation, Barossa Leisure Pools and the region's Disability Access and Inclusion Advisory Group who provided input and guidance through lived experience.

"We are so grateful to the local community for their generous donations and to our staff at the Rex for their ongoing efforts that have made the fundraising so successful," Rex centre manager Craig Wilson said.

Council, with the Rex, is committed to providing social inclusion opportunities for people with disability, understanding that recreational opportunities can foster personal development and build inclusive relationships.

"We are hopeful that the upgrade will further increase participation, enjoyment and quality of life for people in our community living with disability," council's manager community projects Rebecca Tappert.

The installation of the new chair lift complements the accessible automated door which was installed early last year.

Community members wishing to utilise the chair lift are encouraged to book ahead by contacting the Rex on 8563 2766.