This long weekend saw many of us flock to our beaches to enjoy the excellent weather. It is extremely disappointing that, once again, our beaches are not yet adequate for all beachgoers, especially our most vulnerable. Whilst the GSD appreciates that it is still not the official bathing season it is of the firm view that with some basic planning our beaches could have been made accessible to all of us.

Whilst the GSD welcomes the introduction of lifeguards before the official bathing season begins, there is no excuse for not having the changing rooms, pathways and disabled access routes ready for all to use in ALL beaches. This is important not only (and importantly) for local beachgoers but also from a tourism point of view. Not having full functioning beaches in beach weather does not leave a good impression. These are small initiatives that could make a huge difference to many beachgoers and will not cost the public purse millions.

“In Government the GSD will ensure that ALL beaches are ready for use by early May as there is no credible reason why this cannot be done. It is disappointing to see a Government that is next week holding a Disability Symposium ignore such basic things as access for our disabled to our beaches” said GSD spokesman Damon Bossino.