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Improving disability access at Sydney Mardi Gras

28 February 2014

Minister for Disability John Ajaka announced improved access for people with disability at this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras.

"The NSW Government’s Event Access and Inclusion Project is part of our commitment to boost disability community participation at major events," Minister Ajaka said.

"Everyone should be able to enjoy the Mardi Gras – one of the largest and most colourful celebrations in NSW.

"The Mardi Gras is an opportunity for thousands of people to come together to celebrate diversity and equality, which is why we have been working closely with event organisers to improve the spectator experience for people with disability.

 "This year there are five accessible viewing areas set-up to provide uninterrupted views and to allow greater interaction with the 10,000 people marching in the parade.

"Located at street level, in front of the barriers, along Oxford and Flinders Street, the viewing areas will ensure no one misses the show stopping moments.

"A wheelchair accessible buggy will transport people from St James Station to the viewing areas.

"There will also be a designated pick up and drop off zone at Taylor Square so people with disability can bypass the crowds and traffic.

"This is about making sure everyone can travel to the event safely and to ensure they have a positive Mardi Gras experience.

"In the past two years the NSW Government has increased disability access at a range of major events across the state including New Year’s Eve, Sydney Festival, Biennale of Sydney, ANZAC Day, Australia Day, Sydney Royal Easter Show, World Rally Championships at Coffs Harbour and the Elvis Festival at Parkes."

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