Good building accessibility to Lighthouse Arts will allow the cottages to be experienced and enjoyed by all and increase access to and participation in all of Nobbys-Whibayganba headland.
I have been immensely impressed with Hunter Writers Centre’s commitment to improving disability access. Despite the many challenges that the Nobbys-Whibayganba site presents for disability access, if awarded a Creative Capital grant, we will see these challenges rectified.
All of Newcastle should be able to learn and experience cultural enriching activities.
There is a very large percentage of people in the Hunter, living in NSW, inter-state, and from overseas who have disabilities and have money to spend like other locals & tourists but Newcastle will not be able to attract them to visit and spend here if we do not make it easy for them to get around our attractions.
As we move towards living in the community with COVID, the importance of maximising opportunities to nurture artists of all genres in their practice, and to allow audiences to enjoy artistic and cultural experiences, cannot be understated. This must also be true for people living with disability.
One in five Australians lives with a disability – that’s just under 35,000 people who live with disabilities in the City of Newcastle. There are strong economic, as well as human-rights arguments for ensuring that venues like this are accessible to people who need ramps, railings, landings and accessible bathrooms. It’s easy to forget that disability is so common, if you can’t see it.
The Arts in general have been unable to be supported in a meaningful way since the onset of Covid-19. Now, more than ever, we need to maximise the opportunity to nurture artists of all genres in their practice and allow ALL audiences to enjoy artistic and cultural experiences.