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Disability Access at Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour

27 March 2014



Minister for Disability Services, John Ajaka today announced that people with disability will have increased accessibility at Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour and the production of 'Madama Butterfly', as part of the NSW Government project to improve disability access at major events across NSW.

"The NSW Government has worked closely with Opera Australia to comprehensively improve access for people with disability at the event, including ramps, gates, dedicated seating and enhanced customer service," Minister Ajaka said.

“Thanks to the work of the NSW Government, the Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour has a dedicated access lift for the third year as well as accessible amenities.

"Increased access to performances of the production has been achieved through the NSW Government's commitment to allow greater community involvement for people with disability through its NSW Event Access and Inclusion Project.

"Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production of Puccini’s 'Madama Butterfly' will not only feature some breathtaking performances, but is also set in one of the world’s most scenic settings," Mr Ajaka said.

"The NSW Government is committed to seeing all opera lovers able to enjoy this amazing production, which is why we have ensured the needs of people with disability are fully catered for."

Since 2012, the NSW Government's Event Access and Inclusion Project has increased disability access at a range of major events across the state including Sydney's New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival, ANZAC Day George Street parade, Australia Day, Sydney Royal Easter Show, World Rally Championships at Coffs Harbour and the Elvis Festival at Parkes.

"We have received lots of positive feedback about this initiative and we will be working hard to continue to improve disability access at other events in NSW," Mr Ajaka said.

For further information on disability access to the event, please visit the Opera Australia event webpage at http://opera.org.au/whatson/events/operaonsydneyharbour#accessibility-and-venue-access or contact Opera Australia Box Office on (02) 9318 8200.

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