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Wheelchair to boat access

A public access hoist has been installed at the Hopkins River jetty off Simpson Street, next to the EJ King Park to assist wheelchair users to transfer safely in and out of boats. The hoist is free to use and is available to approved users who have attended a hoist safety induction session. Approved users must have basic water safety and survival skills. If you are interested in becoming an approved user please contact Warrnambool City Council on 03 5559 4800.

Please note that the hoist is designed for lifting people in/out of boats and it is not designed for lifting wheelchairs. It is recommended that users of the hoist are assisted to transfer from a manual wheelchair using their own sling.

The hoist is to be used during daylight hours only.  The hoist operation may not be suitable for all boat types or at all tidal levels. It is the boat skipper’s responsibility to check weather conditions prior to using the hoist.  All visitors and operators using the hoist must wear a personal floatation device (PFD) before proceeding to use the facility.

Any faults or damage to the hoist are to be reported immediately to Warrnambool City Council.  Users of the hoist are responsible for the repair costs for any damage incurred to the hoist resulting in misuse.

If the hoist is unable to transfer the person out of the boat due to a mechanical malfunction, please contact emergency services 000 if you desperately require physical assistance with the transfer.

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