Country music festival becomes more accessible

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The Gympie Music Muster, 22-25 August is now more accessible than ever thanks to their partnership with the Endeavour Foundation for the 2024 event.

Muster CEO Greg Cavanagh said the collaboration highlights the Muster’s commitment to ensuring that all patrons, including those with different abilities, can fully enjoy and participate in the festival experience.

“Having an accessibility partner onboard for the first time will help us identify problems and challenges with the site. This is in addition to an independent audit commissioned thanks to the Access Elevate Grant administered by the Queensland Department of Tourism Innovation and Sport.” he said.

“However, we have always catered for people with disabilities. We have an accessibility shuttle bus and campgrounds for patrons with disabilities. Endeavour Foundation is providing guidance around on-site accessibility improvements. This is important as many of our punters reduced mobility and we want everyone’s experience of the Muster to be great.”

He said the collaboration with the Endeavour Foundation marked a significant step towards enhancing accessibility across the Muster’s challenging and expansive site.

“We are looking at what we do provide and making it easier for people to get from the car to the festival, and from their camp to the festival. This is another one of our continual improvement projects,” he said.

Endeavour Foundation’s Gympie Learning and Lifestyle Hub Site Manager, Elissa Biancucci, highlighted the inclusive nature of the partnership.

“At Endeavour Foundation, we are passionate about ensuring people with different abilities gain access to and enjoy the same opportunities as anyone else,” she said.

“Being inclusive is being considerate. It considers how people move – whether they’re in a wheelchair, using a wheelie walker, or pushing a pram – and creates a welcoming environment to accommodate different needs, whether at facilities, during activities, or while at venues.”

Ms Biancucci said Endeavour Foundation is proud and excited to collaborate with the Gympie Muster and to be the official accessibility partner for 2024.

“What’s even more exciting is that this partnership is not short term – this level of long-term commitment truly speaks to the fundamental right that no matter who you are, you are always welcome,” she said.

The Gympie Music Muster’s partnership with Endeavour Foundation reflects a shared commitment to accessibility, inclusivity, and ensuring that the festival experience is enjoyable and accessible to all attendees.

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