Centre lacking a toilet for disabled

BASICS NOT COVERED: Michael Pullen cannot understand why the Coolum Civic Centre does not have a disabled-access toilet.
BASICS NOT COVERED: Michael Pullen cannot understand why the Coolum Civic Centre does not have a disabled-access toilet. Mike Garry

IMAGINE being at a council entertainment venue when nature calls, only to find you are effectively locked out of the toilets.

That is what confronted 61-year-old Michael Pullen at the Coolum Civic Centre recently when he attended a local theatre company production.

Ironically, the show was the Coolum Theatre Players' production of the Tony Award-winning Urinetown.

Mr Pullen, who has Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and uses a wheelchair, is upset the civic centre does not have a disabled-access toilet.

"The council should get their priorities right - we're in the 21st century," he said.

"The councillor for this area has been here and watched the play. He knows about it and I hope he's going to do something."

The Kidney Support Network volunteer invited the councillor, Steve Robinson, to "go a mile in my wheels".

"I'd like to give him the wheelchair and try and get in there and go to the toilet but I don't think he'd come at that," he said.

Mr Robinson was unavailable for comment this week but in his Coolum and North Shore News column, he praised Urinetown as "a satirical look at a terribly over-regulated small town" with some "well deserved comeuppances".

Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease causes slow degeneration of the nerves in the body's extremities.

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