Carers to Get Free Entry to Venues

Carers to get free entry to venues
The Advertiser 09apr06

CARERS of the disabled in Western Australia were to get free entry to more than 130 sporting and entertainment venues under a new government-funded scheme.

The scheme is designed to encourage people with disabilities to be more socially and physically active by cutting the cost of going out.

State disability services minister Margaret Quirk said the Government’s new Companion Card Scheme would mean people with disabilities who where physically unable to access venues without a carer would no longer have to pay for two tickets.

“Companion Card allows the carers of card-holders free admission to accompany their family members, friends or clients to more than 130 entertainment and recreation facilities around the state, from sports arenas to suburban movie theatres and the Perth Royal Show,” Ms Quirk said.

She said the card, costing $30 for three years, could save people with disabilities around $500 a year on entertainment.

“Because the card actually guarantees that carers will get free entry at participating venues, it means people who have the cards will be inclined to go out a lot more often.”

Ms Quirk said she was thrilled by the number of venues, entertainment businesses and services that had signed up to support the scheme.