Disability access improved at the Moncrieff

THE Moncrieff Entertainment Centre (MEC) has recognised the support of local businesses to enhance disability access at the centre by sponsoring adjustable chairs designed specifically to meet the needs of people with disability.

During a special event at the MEC this afternoon, Portfolio Spokesperson for Sport, Recreation and Venues, Cr Lynne Forgan extended her thanks to 15 local businesses that have sponsored new, fully adjustable, interchangeable seats designed for people with limited mobility.

"All 16 front-row seats specifically designed to meet the individual needs of people with disability have now been sponsored," Cr Forgan said.

"The dimensions of these seats can be modified to suit the individual needs of each patron. Seats can also be removed and replaced with a wheelchair.

"This initiative could not have been possible without the help of our business community and I would like to acknowledge those businesses that have shown generosity in covering the cost of all 16 chairs, at $200 each."

Sponsors include: A-List Entertainment; Bundaberg NewsMail; CQUniversity; Community Lifestyle Support Inc; Spotted Dog Tavern; Mr Rheed McCracken; YMCA Disability Services; Eleanor Southwick; Carinbundi Respite Centre; RD & NR Steemson; Dmand Management; Encore Dance Studio; Bargara Lioness Club; Wantok Foundation; Creative Regions.

Cr Forgan outlined a range of design changes at the MEC to improve disability access, including improved signage, extra lighting in the access laneway, better emergency warning systems, clear access ways and maneuvering areas, and tactile ground surface indicators.

Cr Forgan also announced that the MEC had been successful in receiving a State Government grant of $16,500 through the Gambling Community Benefit Fund for a purpose-built wheelchair lifter to enable wheelchairs to be lifted to the back stage area and onto the stage and the equipment will be made available to other disability service providers in the region.