The Sydney Opera House announced last week the completion of accessibility upgrades which allow patrons in wheelchairs or with limited mobility to access the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the Northern Foyer.
“I’ve been a wheelchair user for more than 19 years and have been coming to the Opera House for the seven years I’ve been living in Sydney. This is the first time I could reach the Joan Sutherland Theatre’s Northern Foyer and see for myself the fantastic harbour view. This is a remarkable building and now people with limited mobility can experience it the way everyone else does.” said Max Burt, Inclusion Champion at The WheelEasy Foundation
The Joan Sutherland Theatre now features an assistive listening system for hearing impaired and the Northern Foyer opened accessible toilets as well. The accessibility upgrades are just a fraction of the $71 million renovation project underway at the World Heritage building.
Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said:“The Opera House belongs to everyone. As an organisation, our goal is to provide barrier-free access, so that everyone can enjoy the building and the art inside it. We have sensitively integrated the new accessible path of travel and lift, both feats of engineering and works of art in themselves.”