Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging businesses in the Cootamundra electorate to support disability inclusion and become a Companion Card affiliate.

Ms Cooke said the program provides people with a significant and permanent disability access to a range of activities and events, by providing free entry to venues for their companion.

“People with disability should have every opportunity to participate in our community,” Ms Cooke said.

“I urge all recreational businesses across our region to sign up to become an affiliate today and show their support to people with disability and their carers.

“This is a wonderful scheme which will enable our communities to truly demonstrate why this part of NSW really is the best place to call home.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the NSW Government is reigniting the campaign as a way of building more inclusive communities.

“This is also about being a good corporate citizen and helping people with disabilities to live life to the fullest,” Mr Ward said.

“Across NSW there are more than 30,000 Companion Card holders and we want businesses to take advantage of a significant market.”

The program has been helping people with lifelong disability participate in their community for more than 10 years, by providing free entry to events and activities for family members, friends, volunteers or paid carers.

Companion Card affiliates include entertainment venues, health and fitness facilities, transport organisations and more.

For more information about the Companion Card Program or to sign up, visit www.companioncard.nsw.gov.au.