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Accessibility News Round-Up: February 2024

There is so much exciting news at the moment – inclusive recreation, inclusive festivals, a cruise for Swifties, and more – that it’s easy to miss something amazing. Here’s a round-up of everything that’s caught my attention lately. If you have any hot tips, please share them in the comments or over on our Facebook page!

Accessibility News Round-Up February 2024 - text overlaid on a Jones family selfie at the Blue Mountains

Reel in a big smile with FishAbility

FishCare Victoria is running FishAbility sessions that enable people with disabilities to participate in recreational fishing. Their sustainable all-abilities program focuses on overcoming the barriers that hinder people with disabilities exploring the environment and casting a line. Fishing for fun is a way to connect with the environment, facilitate social interaction, and bring adventure to anglers’ lives. Animal lovers can rest assured that FishCare’s work promotes responsible fishing practices and care for the aquatic environment.

Sessions are operated by enthusiastic volunteers from regional groups across Victoria; they partner with disability providers, agencies, and local councils to ensure everyone can enjoy the excitement and reward of recreational fishing. Their inclusive sessions are FREE for Victorians living with a disability, and all gear is provided (including adaptive equipment to suit specific needs). The next FishAbility day is coming up on March 6 at 12:30PM, at the Kerferd Road Pier.

A man in a wheelchair and two young children beside him holding fishing rods on a jetty

Find out more about FishAbility and check out upcoming events on their website.

City Of Sydney’s Seniors Festival 2024

The City of Sydney’s Seniors Festival will be running from 11-24 March 2024, with lots of free and discounted events for people over 60.

There are lots of ways to participate, including:

  • Free access to City of Sydney pools and fitness centres to swim, exercise and socialise. Participating locations include Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool, Cook + Phillip Park Pool, Gunyama Park Aquatic and Recreation Centre, Ian Thorpe Aquatic Centre, Prince Alfred Park Pool, and Victoria Park Pool.
  • Low-cost all-abilities workshops, like ceramic glaze decorating at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre or art making at Ultimo Community Centre
  • Celebration events, including free live music and lunch at the Ron Williams Community Centre on 13 March (10AM-1:30PM)
  • Captain Cook Cruises of Sydney Harbour, sightseeing and connecting with community over light snacks, departing from Circular Quay Wharf 6 or Darling Harbour King St Wharf 1 throughout the day (13-24 March).

Four seniors in bright patterned outfits standing together posing

Find more information about access for all programmed events and contact information to discuss your specific needs on the City of Sydney website.

Karma is a Cruise

Taylormania has officially taken over Australia, with her shows in Melbourne and Sydney selling out (and thousands gathering outside the packed stadiums just to listen!). If you’re one of the millions who missed out, you can still indulge your inner Swiftie with unofficial events like the Karma Is A Cruise fan group cruise.

400+ Swifties will board the Ovation of the Seas in Sydney and cruise for 3 days and nights. There will be plenty of Taylor-themed events to choose from, including friendship bracelet making and swapping, dance tutorials, karaoke nights, scavenger hunts, trivia games, and Eras-themed decorating contests. Tickets are going fast, so if you’re up for it, book now and you’ll have a year to look forward to it (cruise departs 20 February 2025).

Overhead view of the Ovation of the Seas ship in harbour

I’ve checked out the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship for myself, and accessibility is great – here’s an overview from my visit.

Tamborine Mountain is open for business

Here’s a good news story that came out of tragedy. A huge superstorm hit the community of Tamborine Mountain over Christmas, dashing their hopes for a booming tourist season. But the community came together to clear the debris, and now they’re open and ready for business! Anyone looking to Holiday Here This Year and support resilient Aussie towns should consider this accessible option for their itinerary. It’s just an hours’ drive from Brisbane, and there’s lots to see and do.

A staff member pouring wine for two women at Tamborine Mountain

We’ve shared more about what’s on at Tamborine Mountain over on Travel Without Limits.

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