Seymour Telegraph

Lifting access for all abilities

By Seymour Telegraph

Seymour Racing Club’s Bar Landy Room — located at the top of the grandstand — will be accessible to all if the Nationals are elected to government this month.

The Coalition have committed to part-fund a lift up to the second tier room, providing disabled access to the club’s main function room.

The $60000 fund injection towards the project was announced by Member for Euroa Steph Ryan on Friday.

She said she was excited to make the commitment to the club after the committee’s advocacy for the project in the past four years.

‘‘The Bar Landy Room is the Seymour Racing Club’s main function centre,’’ she said.

‘‘Since it was built, the committee have advocated for the construction of a lift to the room to give people with a disability and elderly people access.’’

‘‘Access to the main room has been a challenge for events held at the racing club and we want to eliminate those challenges to ensure people of all abilities can attend events at the facility.’’

Seymour Racing Club chief executive Penny Reeve said the lift would cost approximately $120000, so the Nationals’ commitment was a huge step forward in making the project a reality.

‘‘This is something we have wanted to do for a long, long time,’ Ms Reeve said.

‘‘There’s currently no wheelchair access to the Bar Landy Room and it’s something we need to address as soon as possible.

‘‘In this day and age we need to be able to provide access for everybody, it’s just so unfortunate that it is so costly.’’

The club’s premier function room is a popular venue for weddings and other parties, and Ms Ryan said the construction of the lift is not only an important improvement for the racing club, but also for the community more broadly for the use of the facility.

‘‘The Seymour Racing Club is an excellent venue, it has a big open space and a beautiful outlook,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not only home to great regional racing, its also a lovely space for all celebrations of life.

‘‘The racing club facility is something we can be proud of and improvements to access is crucial for use and future events.’’

The construction of the lift will be funded from the Liberals Nationals Victorian Industry Racing Fund (VIRF).

Meanwhile at Seymour Racing Club, races will restart again on November 15 after a lengthy hiatus for track works.

Ms Reeve said the club hosted jump outs last week and the track ‘‘performed well’’.