Maylands Street Festival 120 to be fully accessible to all residents for first time


Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, John McLennan (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association), Belinda Wates (Local Arts and Community Events chair) and Marie-Louise McDermott (Maylands Historical and Peninsular Association). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d482375
Bayswater councillor Catherine Ehrhardt, John McLennan (Maylands Historical and Peninsula Association), Belinda Wates (Local Arts and Community Events chair) and Marie-Louise McDermott (Maylands Historical and Peninsular Association). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d482375

THE upcoming Maylands Street Festival 120 will have accessibility features for people with disabilities for the first time.

Community group Local Arts and Community Events (LACE) received a $9500 Lotterywest grant, with $6500 of that dedicated for accessibility features, including Auslan interpretation, accessible priority lane throughout the festival, accessible toilets and tables and chairs.

The features will also be highlighted on signage, posters and the program sheet.

Disability service provider Cahoots will be assisting people with disabilities.

LACE chair Belinda Wates said the group realised their usual format was not as inclusive as it could be.

“The measures are designed to make the event more accessible to people with disability and raise awareness in the community,” she said.

“”It means a lot to us that this festival can be enjoyed by everyone.”

Meanwhile, Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson will address the crowd during the opening ceremony at noon.

The festival will be held in Maylands on May 20.

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