Merri-bek Council and Guide Dogs make a big splash
Victorians with low vision or blindness will have improved access to multiple leisure centres across Merri-bek City Council following the installation of new navigation technology.
Moreland City Council has partnered with Guide Dogs Victoria (GDV) to facilitate the installation of BlindSquare, the world’s most widely used accessible GPS-app. Through Customised Location Services (CLS) and bluetooth beacons, BlindSquare describes where a user is in the leisure centre and aids them in finding their way around, including areas not covered by standard GPS like pools, gym, sports halls, and public toilets.
Moreland Mayor, Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan said Merri-bek was excited to have had the opportunity to partner with Guide Dogs Victoria to bring this technology to our YMCA Coburg Leisure Centre, Fawkner Leisure Centre, Brunswick Baths and Oak Park Sports and Aquatic Centre.
“Ensuring our aquatic and recreation facilities are as accessible as possible for all our entire community is a top priority. We hope this new technology will encourage more people to get out and get active,” said Merri-bek Mayor Cr Ca
Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes said, “The implementation of BlindSquare at Merri-bek City Council is integral for the low vision and blind community, as it enables safe and independent access to leisure centre which is so important for the physical and mental health of all Victorians”.
“Guide Dogs Victoria is proud to have collaborated with Merri-bek City Council on this project, and we hope to see BlindSquare rolled out across more spaces across the state.”
BlindSquare is also installed in the Melbourne CBD and a range of public venues, such as Melbourne Zoo, Bourke Street and Swanston Street and all the train stations in the City Loop.
Users can download the free version of BlindSquare called ‘BlindSquare Event’ to use at all sites where BlindSquare is installed.
Learn more about BlindSquare at www.blindsquare.com/about/