Lift for disabled

Splash Palace has bought a new lift for the disabled to replace two 12-year-old ones.

The new lift cost $16,468, was funded by the ILT Foundation, the Community Trust of Southland and the Invercargill City Council. Each contributed a third.

The lift will be used to lower disabled people into the water and lift them out of the water.

Council pools manager Peter Thompson said the new lift was bought to replace two units which had numerous issues.

It can be moved and would be able to serve both the main pool and the spa pool at Splash Palace, he said.

It can lift up to 136 kilograms and has a waterproof control panel which means users or attendants can operate it.

The pool is holding a session next Tuesday at 11am to demonstrate how to use it.

The Southland Times