Grub’s up for all at waterfront

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Access all areas: Frankston Council metro access events officer Anthea Haynes-Smith, left Mayor James Dooley and Christie Parkside director Alex Christie try out the new barbecue with a sausage sizzle at Frankston’s waterfront. Picture: Yanni

Access all areas: Frankston Council metro access events officer Anthea Haynes-Smith, left Mayor James Dooley and Christie Parkside director Alex Christie try out the new barbecue with a sausage sizzle at Frankston’s waterfront. Picture: Yanni

FRANKSTON’S waterfront playground is now home to a newly designed all-abilities access barbecue which was officially launched last week with a sizzle and bangers.

Mayor Cr James Dooley said the design of the innovative barbecue will allow people confined to a wheelchair to safely cook at the foreshore.

“This new all-abilities barbecue is a great way to ensure people with a disability feel included in their community, especially when enjoying time with family and friends,” said the Mayor.

“In Frankston we acknowledge diversity and the benefits of an inclusive community, which is why I am delighted we have been able to deliver this important project.”

The barbecue joins many established accessible services and facilities on offer across Frankston, including use of a free beach wheelchair, direct access to boardwalk and availability of Recharge points at the Frankston Visitor Information Centre

Christie Parksafe director Alex Christie said the great Aussie tradition of barbecues should be for everyone.

“The A-Series barbecue truly is a first to ensure the hotplate is out of reach of little fingers while still allowing access for wheelchair users.”

Cr Dooley said: “It is fantastic to see this company based in Carrum Downs giving back to the community and we are delighted they have selected Frankston as the location to showcase this new product.

“We welcome these types of creative and community minded business ideas and we look forward to seeing this new feature being used.”

First published in the Frankston Times – 22 August 2016

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