Lift­ing ac­cess for all abil­i­ties

Coali­tion prom­ise to fund lift if elected

Seymour Telegraph - - SPORT - By Ali­son O’Con­nor

Sey­mour Rac­ing Club’s Bar Landy Room — lo­cated at the top of the grand­stand — will be ac­ces­si­ble to all if the Na­tion­als are elected to gov­ern­ment this month.

The Coali­tion have com­mit­ted to part­fund a lift up to the sec­ond tier room, pro­vid­ing dis­abled ac­cess to the club’s main func­tion room.

The $60 000 fund in­jec­tion to­wards the project was an­nounced by Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan on Fri­day.

She said she was ex­cited to make the com­mit­ment to the club af­ter the com­mit­tee’s ad­vo­cacy for the project in the past four years.

‘‘The Bar Landy Room is the Sey­mour Rac­ing Club’s main func­tion cen­tre,’’ she said.

‘‘Since it was built, the com­mit­tee have ad­vo­cated for the con­struc­tion of a lift to the room to give peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity and el­derly peo­ple ac­cess.’’

‘‘Ac­cess to the main room has been a chal­lenge for events held at the rac­ing club and we want to elim­i­nate those chal­lenges to en­sure peo­ple of all abil­i­ties can at­tend events at the fa­cil­ity.’’

Sey­mour Rac­ing Club chief ex­ec­u­tive Penny Reeve said the lift would cost ap­prox­i­mately $120 000, so the Na­tion­als’ com­mit­ment was a huge step for­ward in mak­ing the project a re­al­ity.

‘‘This is some­thing we have wanted to do for a long, long time,’ Ms Reeve said.

‘‘There’s cur­rently no wheel­chair ac­cess to the Bar Landy Room and it’s some­thing we need to ad­dress as soon as pos­si­ble.

‘‘In this day and age we need to be able to pro­vide ac­cess for ev­ery­body, it’s just so un­for­tu­nate that it is so costly.’’

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A step for­ward: Sey­mour Rac­ing Club com­mit­tee and Mem­ber for Euroa Steph Ryan at Fri­day’s an­nounce­ment.

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