Accessible toilets and Master Locksmith (MLAK) Keys

Please refer to The National Public Toilet Map www.toiletmap.gov.au for a list of public amenities within the Byron Shire area. This site provides information on the location, opening hours and availability of wheelchair access for more than 14,000 public and private amenities across Australia.

Council has a commitment to improving the accessibility of its public facilities, and there are several wheelchair accessible public amenities in the Byron Shire fitted with a Master Locksmith Access Key (MLAK).

What is the Master Locksmith Access Key?

The Master Locksmiths Access Key (MLAK) is the standard key system in use for accessible toilets throughout Australia.  The Master key fits into specially designed locks allowing 24 hour a day access to public toilets.

The MLAK is designed to increase access to facilities that would under normal circumstances be locked after hours.  The MLAK reduces the level of vandalism and keeps facilities clean.

The MLAK key opens all accessible toilets displaying the MLAK symbol and will allow access to over 350 facilities throughout NSW. An MLAK sign is attached to those facilities fitted with MLAK.

Where are the MLAK facilities in Byron Shire?

Accessible toilets fitted with MLAK in Byron Shire are located at:

  • Clarkes Beach - Byron Bay
  • Byron Bay Library - Byron Bay (opening hours)
  • Beech Drive Sporting Fields - Suffolk Park
  • Petria Thomas Swimming Pool - Mullumbimby (opening hours)
  • Opposite Surf Club - Brunswick Heads (demountable)
  • Tyagarah Air Strip
  • Waterlily Park - Ocean Shores
  • Binna Burra Road - Federal
  • Bangalow Sports Ground - Bangalow
  • Deacon Street (swimming pool) - Bangalow
  • Adjacent to the Bangalow Hotel - Bangalow

How can I obtain an MLAK?

Availability is restricted to people who have a Disability Parking Permit or written authority confirming their health status from:

  • A doctor
  • A community health centre

Proof of identity will be required if you are requesting a key on behalf of a friend or family member.

Where can I get an MLAK?

If you are a permanent resident of Byron Shire and have written authority confirming your health status, you can apply for a key free of charge.  Application forms and the MLAK keys are available from Byron Shire Council’s Administration Centre in Mullumbimby.  There is a limit of one key per resident.

Alternatively, keys can be purchased from any member of the Master Locksmiths Association www.masterlocksmiths.com.au/mlak.php or phone 1800 810 698 .

The closest Master Locksmiths to Byron Shire are:

Ballina
Ballina Locksmiths: 02 6686 7675
Stuart Johnson's Lock & Security Centre: 02 6686 7012

Lismore
Jim Gamble & Son: 02 6621 3103

Tweed Heads
Border Locksmiths (Aust) Pty Ltd: 07 5536 1611

Who can give me more information?

For further information contact a member of the Council's Community Development Team on 02 6626 7000 or email access@byron.nsw.gov.au

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