New kayak launcher for the physically impaired

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

A new facility at Mathoura that brings kayaking to people with limited mobility was launched as part of International Day for People with a Disability yesterday.

A new kayak launcher for those who are physically impaired was unveiled at the Edward River Bridge picnic area in Murray Valley Regional Park near Mathoura.

The new launcher was made possible thanks to the innovation and recycling from the Moama community, with the decking made from recycled shopping bags, food and other household containers.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Area manager Tim O’Kelly said the kayak launcher is a first of its kind for NSW.

‘‘The wheelchair accessible kayak idea came from a local tour operator indicating a need for a safe launch spot for people with limited mobility on the Edward River’s steep banks,’’ he said.

‘‘We want to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy our national parks.

‘‘This facility is a great example of innovation and collaboration to provide safe visitor experiences.

‘‘It’s also a fabulous way for us to demonstrate exactly what can be done with products you recycle.’’