Marveloo trial to support travel this summer

21 December 2020

People with a disability and their carers will find travelling in the Port Stephens region easier over the holiday period with the return of the Marveloo on the Pacific Highway north of Raymond Terrace.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the fully accessible portable restroom and adult change facility would return to the Twelve Mile Creek rest area over December and January, following a successful trial during the October school holidays.

“We’ve listened to community feedback regarding the need for adult change facilities along our highways,” Mr Toole said.

“The return of the Marveloo to the Port Stephens region improves travel options for people with a disability and their carers, allowing them to visit friends and family over the Christmas break without taking large detours to accommodate basic needs.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the Marveloo being installed at Twelve Mile Creek rest area features an overhead ceiling hoist, a height adjustable adult change table and a fully accessible toilet.

“There are also curtains for extra privacy, an access ramp, automatic door, heating and cooling, and an external sun shade,” Mr Ward said.

“These facilities show how committed the NSW Government is to supporting people with a disability and their carers.

“Anyone taking advantage of the Marveloo is urged to give feedback on their experience to help Transport for NSW decide when and where these facilities should be placed across NSW in future.”

The Marveloo facility will be available at Twelve Mile Creek rest area from 15 December 2020 to 29 January 2021.

The Marveloo concept was developed in Victoria by Don Di Giandomenico from Maroondah City Council.

Don was inspired by his wife Angela and daughter Jessica, who has cerebral palsy, to undertake the extensive work to design and develop the project.

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