Wednesday, October 08, 2008

all systems go for sailability

Today it was terrific to attend the official launch of the Lysterfield floating jetty at Lysterfield Lake Park. The jetty was funded to the tune of $10,000 by a Shire of Yarra Ranges Community Grant. The floating jetty will be used for the Sailability program which encourages sailing for people with disabilities in social, recreational and competitive activities.

Me in front of the new jetty at Lysterfield Lake Park. The wind was certainly up, great conditions for sailing.

The Lysterfield Sailing Club has been in existence since 1979, been sailing at the lake since 1986 and since that time has gone from strength to strength. The floating jetty is made of recycled plastics and will greatly assist those with disabilities to participate in mainstream sailing activities. The design of the jetty keeps it close to water level making it much easier for people with mobility challenges to access their boat.

When construction started on the jetty the water level was one metre higher than what it is now, the jetty's construction allows for a great deal of variability in water level at the lake.

It’s a great venue and a great initiative and well worthy of a community grant.

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