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A beach wheel chair is available for loan from the
Tuross Beach Holiday Park
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The chair is kindly donated by the Tuross Progress Association


Tuross Head beach chair history.
In early 2000 Council’s Disability Committee decided to buy two beach wheel chairs.

The chairs were purchased by the chair of the committee, Dorothy Budsworth, with Council money.

The purchased chairs were stored in the basement carpark at the Moruya Council Chambers and the public were invited to book them for use anywhere in the shire and then collect the chair, use it and return the chair clean. The procedure was cumbersome.

The committee argued that the chairs should be located permanently at Batemans Bay and Narooma however neither of these locations had a suitable site for storage that was immediately accessible to the beach. In the end the chairs remained in the basement unused and fell into disrepair. Eventually they were not to be found.

Stafford Dixon of Tuross Head was on the Disability Committee and requested that a beach chair be purchased for Tuross Head as there was a suitable access from the beach side caravan park that had been constructed by the Tuross Lakes Preservation group in 2000 and that the chair could be housed at the caravan park.

The Director of Community services at the time, Jan Seatonberry, said “No”Stafford Dixon then approached the Tuross Head Progress Association and it was agreed that a fundraiser would be organised to raise the $3000 required for a chair for the Tuross Head community and visitors to use.

With donations from Rotary, Lions, Apex and the Tuross Head Floral Club and Tuross Head Community Aid the required funds were raised to buy the chair along with a little more that was earmarked in the THPA accounts for maintenance and parts. The funds also paid for the construction of a purpose made storage area within the caravan park where the chair was then made available on request by the lessee David Banson.

At the time of changeover to new owners the question of public insurance was raised and the Tuross Head Progress Association were told they could not have the wheelchair. When a reason was asked for the General Manager of Council advised that Council’s insurance would not permit the use of a Council owned chair by the general public in a public place being a caravan park that they owned.

By agreement with the new lessee of the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort the chair was listed under the park insurance policy. The chair returned to being under the management of the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort remaining secured in its cupboard to be of service to park clients and the Tuross Head community..

In 2012 it was found that the chair had been mistakenly “borrowed” by the Broulee Surf Club when they were advised by a Council employee to take the chair from Tuross head as it was a Council asset. Once it was tracked down and returned it came back in poor condition with broken axels and damaged tyres. These were repaired form the funds held in trust with the THPA. The image below is Stafford Dixon returning the beachchair to its storage after repairs in 2012.

Council staff were clearly advised in 2012 that the chair was owned by the Tuross Head community and it was not a Council asset and was not to leave the village of Tuross Head.

The beach chair serves the Tuross Head community and is very much enjoyed. It continues to be maintained by the Tuross Head Progress Association and the ongoing management of the chair and storage by the Tuross Beach Holiday Resort is very much appreciated

A vote of specific appreciation goes to Stafford and Jenny Dixon for realising the disabled access to the beach, overseeing the project and then all-but raising the funds to buy a beach wheel chair for the Tuross Head community. Their generosity of community spirit has bought joy to many.

more info on Tuross Head Community Services here