Coast community to benefit from companion card program
  • Tuesday 24 March 2009

People with disabilities could soon have access to free tickets for their carers at all Sunshine Coast Council venues and events.

Council considered a recommendation today to become an affiliate of the Queensland Government’s Companion Card program which promotes fair ticketing for people with a disability and removes one of the barriers to their participation in activities and events – the expense of purchasing an additional ticket for their companion.

Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder, Councillor Jenny McKay, said participation in the Companion Card program is an opportunity for council to demonstrate its commitment to social inclusion and community access for people with a disability.

“The program provides a simple, consistent and reliable method of identifying people with a disability who require attendant care support to participate in activities and visit venues,” Cr McKay said.

“Further support will also be provided to the program through the modification of council’s leasing and hire agreements to ensure that vendors using council owned facilities also accept the Companion Card.”

The recommendation, to endorse the program that will apply to council owned and operated venues, facilities and activities, was supported by council’s Service Delivery Committee and will now go to the full council for endorsement at next week’s Ordinary Meeting in Caloundra on Thursday 2 April.