Let the disabled attend
In 2007, at the first community Creekfest meeting for that year, a representative from the disability sector asked if they could be involved in the planning and executing of Creekfest.
He pointed out that holding the meetings at the Opportunity Centre was a barrier for the disabled as there was no wheelchair access, so it was agreed that they would be held at Freedom Church, where there are no barriers.
I was disappointed to read [KMN, October 19] that the Creekfest meetings are to be held at the Opportunity Centre once again, putting up barriers for the disability sector. I was under the impression that Creekfest was for all the community, disabled included. – SANDRA MOE-MATTHEWS,
Porirua Healthlinks Trust manager Liz Kelly responds: Meetings for Creekfest 2010 were held at the Freedom Hall. However, we were advised that there were no attendees who were wheelchair-bound. There is a cost attached to the Freedom Hall which cannot be sustained given that Capital and Coast District Health Board no longer fund the facilitation of the event. Creekfest is a community event and we try very hard to cater for all people. On the day, we provide special parking for the disabled and assistance for those who want to participate.