Media Release – SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

A couple of months ago a lady submitted a facebook post in which she explained her negative experience when she visited the Moncrieff Theatre and had difficulty accessing a seat due to her reliance on a mobility device. As a result, she felt embarrassed and chose to leave the theatre and sit in her car whilst other family members stayed to watch the show.

I reported the incident to Council and raised it during a subsequent meeting expressing the view that despite the age of the building, it was important for the Council to do everything possible to comfortably accommodate all residents within the facility.

The following Media Release has now been issues outlining a project which is aimed at addressing the issue. Congratulations to the Moncrieff staff for their initiative in coming up with this project.

 

SUPPORT FOR EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THEATRE EXPERIENCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

Local businesses and entrepreneurs are showing their support for initiatives to enhance disability access at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre by sponsoring adjustable chairs designed specifically to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

Portfolio Spokeswoman for Sport, Recreation and Venues, Cr Lynne Forgan has thanked local sponsors for helping to improve patrons’ theatre experience.

“Individuals, community groups, service providers and businesses are being asked to sponsor new, fully adjustable, interchangeable seats, which allow people with limited mobility to modify the dimensions of their seat to suit their individual needs or arrange to have the seat replaced with their wheelchair,” Cr Forgan said.  

“Six of the 16 chairs installed by the theatre have already been sponsored.  As part of the sponsorship, a plaque recognising the supporting business or entrepreneur will be permanently fixed to the back of each sponsored seat.

“The sponsors include: Rheed McCracken Paralympic Athlete; Community Lifestyle Support Inc; NewsMail; The Ten Tenors; Carinbundi Respite; and A-List Entertainment.

“We’re hoping more businesses will work in partnership with the Bundaberg Regional Council to ensure the comfort of all theatre patrons.”

Moncrieff Entertainment Centre Coordinator Bronte Morris hopes to install the entire front row of the theatre with fully adjustable seating.

“The cost of each chair is $200 and to date we have installed 16.  But ideally, I would like to purchase a further 14 to provide a full row of adjustable, interchangeable seats,” Ms Morris said.

“The Moncrieff Entertainment Centre has also applied for a grant under Queensland Gambling Community Benefit funding for a mobile wheelchair lifter, which would allow people with disabilities with better access to the back stage areas of the theatre. 

“This mobile lifter would also be offered to local disability groups and schools for use.”    

Local businesses wishing to support disability access initiatives are asked to contact the Moncrieff Centre on 07 4130 4100.

ENDS

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