A night at the theatre, for all

HE’s been a former mayor and long-serving city councillor for a good few years, but Jack Daffy is still getting things done for the community. 

Warrnambool City councillor Kylie Gaston (left) with Margaret and Jack Daffy at the new disabled parking space outside the Lighthouse Theatre.

Warrnambool City councillor Kylie Gaston (left) with Margaret and Jack Daffy at the new disabled parking space outside the Lighthouse Theatre.

After lobbying councillor Kylie Gaston for more disabled parking spaces near the Lighthouse Theatre, Mr Daffy was present when new signs went up out front of the theatre yesterday. 

A 36-metre stretch on Timor Street will be zoned disabled access from 7pm to 10.30pm daily. 

The space is used by buses during the day but is under-used at evening show times. It will revert to a loading zone at 10.30pm so trucks can pack up after shows.

Mr Daffy’s wife Margaret has limited mobility and he said easier access to the theatre would encourage the couple to attend more shows. 

“It’s a nice long strip and up one end there is no kerbing, which makes it perfect for disabled access,” said Mr Daffy, 81. 

“It is difficult to come out at night, particularly when it is raining, so the new parks are a very good thing.

“Ease and access for people with limited mobility is something that has always been a passion of mine. I’ve always campaigned for it.”

Cr Gaston said Mr Daffy was very persuasive and making better use of the under-utilised space was a logical step. 

“It is fantastic that Jack has persisted in getting some extra space for disabled parking, especially for people who are attending the theatre,” she said. 

“Disability access is a priority for council. With our Liebig Street renewal we are going to be looking at having extra parking to increase disabled access. 

“It’s important that everyone in our community can get out and about and have access to what we have to offer in our city.”

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