Logan City Council’s Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct has been named Queensland’s inaugural ‘Accessible Venue of the Year’ at the prestigious Queensland Music Awards.
The venue was one of three music venues honoured in Tuesday night’s ceremony in Brisbane, alongside the Fortitude Music Hall (Metro Venue of the Year) and Solbar (Regional Venue of the Year).
The ‘Accessible Venue of the Year’ award was judged by a panel of industry experts, including representation from the disability sector and people with lived experience.
Mayor Darren Power said the Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct had established a reputation as one of the premier entertainment and cultural venues in South-East Queensland.
“It’s fantastic to see the Kingston Butter Factory recognised for making arts and entertainment accessible to all members of the community,” Cr Power said.
“This award demonstrates the enormously positive impact the KBF Cultural Precinct has already had on the Logan community, and broader, since opening last year.”
Among its features, the Kingston Butter Factory Cultural Precinct includes:
- Disability parking in the main carpark, with flat access to and around the Precinct.
- A Hush Room providing a soundproof area with direct viewing to the Butterbox Theatre. This accessible space caters for patrons with small children or special needs.
- A ‘Changing Places’ facility located in the foyer of the ground floor which includes larger-than-standard accessing toilets, an adult-sized changing table, ceiling hoist, a peninsular toilet, privacy screen and additional circulation space. It is designed to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities.
- An accessible route to and from Kingston Railway Station.
Among other winners on the night was Indian-fusion vocalist Menaka Thomas. Thomas’ band ‘Mou and Menaka Thomas’ was awarded the ‘World Award’ for their song Space,
Thomas was a guest vocalist on the first album from Logan-based choir ‘Mixed Beans Multi-cultural Choir’ which was supported by a Logan City Council Regional Arts Development Fund.
Winners from the Queensland Music Awards can be found on the QMusic website.