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Unveiling the Moffatt Way Accessible Entrance


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The late Gordon Moffatt AM Hon FVAS

For the first time since it opened on 27 May 1892, the Victorian Artists Society will provide access for visitors and artists, with the opening of a new access pathway for wheelchairs and people using walking aids.

Eileen Mackley AM, former VAS President, originally initiated the wheelchair access project in 2015 which included a lift suitable for wheelchairs and the installation of toilets as part of the renovation of the Victorian Artists Society.

Mrs Mackley paid tribute to the late Gordon Moffatt AM for his major financial support which has made the wheelchair access program possible. 

Gordon Moffatt had a strong connection with Victorian Artists Society holding the position Treasurer for a number of years, and he was also on the Board of the Eye and Ear Hospital and served as Deputy Chairman of the City of Melbourne. 

The new access known as Moffatt Way is a joint project with the Eye and Ear Hospital which will enable wheelchair access to the historic galleries of the Victorian Artists Society, regular exhibitions, and a range of special activities

Gordon Moffatt’s daughters Julie Viney and Heather Power and Julie’s daughter Charlotte Cook, took part in the official launch of this special project.

Also present were Copland Foundation Trustees Marcelle Scott; Rosa Chiri, Architect; Fraser Brown Heritage Architect from Quadratum Pty Ltd; and Jasper Davies and Cameron Clarke from SIDA Constructions P/L.

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From left: Gordon Moffatt's family Charlotte Cook, Julie Viney, and Heather Power; Eileen Mackley AM VAS FVAS, former VAS President; Marcelle Scott, Copland Foundation Trustees; Rosa Chiri, Architect; Fraser Brown, Heritage Architect from Quadratum Pty Ltd, and the builders Jasper Davies and Cameron Clarke from SIDA Constructions P/L.

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From left: Gordon Moffatt's family Charlotte Cook, Julie Viney, and Heather Power cutting the streamers to officially open Moffatt Way.


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