Brisbane Airport breaking down barriers for travellers with disabilities


Brisbane Airport (BNE) is the first airport in Australia to open a dedicated ‘Changing Places’ facility for passengers with special needs.

Located on the central ground floor area of BNE’s busy Domestic Terminal (near Qantas Baggage carousel 3), the ‘Changing Places’ facility was officially opened this morning by The Hon. Jane Prentice Assistant Minister for Social Services and Disability Services.

Plans for the opening of a second ‘Changing Places’ facility at Brisbane’s International Terminal in the new year are well underway.

Changing Places facilities are different from standard accessible bathroom amenities, providing additional space and specialised equipment such as an adult change table, hoist and toilet fitted with movable handrails for the use of people with severe disabilities and their personal carer providers.

Stephen Goodwin, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) Acting CEO said the opening of ‘Changing Places’ facility at Brisbane Airport would support many thousands of people with disabilities and their families who find it otherwise difficult to travel due to a lack of access to specialised amenities.

“There are many people who live with serious and profound disabilities who require particular facilities for personal care and, unfortunately, standard accessible bathrooms do not cater to their needs. This can be a major barrier to travel for a lot of people and this was a barrier we wanted to remove.

“It’s not just catering for a specific disability, we are focused on an ‘access for all’ approach and have a team dedicated to ensuring we are not only meeting the regulations and legislation surrounding disability access, but exceeding them.

“This includes retrofitting existing buildings with facilities like we’re opening today and making sure all upgrades and new developments improve access and the overall airport experience for people with special needs.

“We also work very closely with many organisations representing the interests of various disability groups to make sure we get it right,” Mr Goodwin said.

The Hon. Jane Prentice MP congratulated BAC on their achievements to ensure social inclusion and accessibility.

“The ‘Changing Places’ facility is an excellent demonstration of what can be achieved when whole communities work together to address the challenges faced by people with disability every day,” Mrs Prentice said.

Eddie Chapman, CEO of the Association for Children with a Disability which supports Changing Places, said although the Changing Places facility is not yet a regulatory requirement, it will give Brisbane Airport a world renowned accessible facility for those travelling with or caring for someone with a severe disability.

“Brisbane Airport has led the way in terms of not only making the airport accessible for those with higher care needs, but by doing so also opens up the City of Brisbane to individuals and families with disabilities from other states. This is the sort of mainstream inclusion that we should expect of all our public facilities.”

To date Brisbane Airport has invested more than $3 million in the last five years implementing its extensive Disability Access Management Plan in addition to the funding for DDA compliance incorporated into other major projects.

Other key ‘Access for All’ initiatives underway or introduced at Brisbane Airport include:

Development of Brisbane Airport’s Accessibility Journey Planner which is due for release later this year

Completion of an Access Audit Program across both terminals by an accredited access consultant who provided recommendations.

Completion of a number of accessibility remediation projects including upgrading of public stairs, Tactile Ground Surface Indicators (TGSI’s) to escalators and travelators, lift upgrades and way-finding.

In collaboration with QUT-based Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration: Carers and Consumers (DCRC-CC)developing a step by step guide - Ensuring a Smooth Journey: A Guide to Brisbane Airport for people living with Dementia and their Travel Companions – an action plan and resources kit for airport staff to improve the experience of air travel for people with dementia. Through this program Brisbane Airport was the first airport in Australia to be recognised by Alzheimer’s Australia as an approved Dementia Friendly organisation.

In 2014, opening Australia’s first dedicated airport Assistance Animals ‘bathrooms’ in the International and Domestic Terminals.

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Accessible Tall Ship Sailing Adventures


Life Changing Adventures For All

6 fantastic reasons to sail with the JST...

Sail
Going aloft, helming, setting sails - a voyage with us offers hands-on adventure.
Here at the JST we are used to accommodating sailors of all abilities. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or have never stepped on board a ship, the JST is perfect for you. We offer a range of voyages from epic passages, to day sails in local waters for a taste of life at sea.

Participate
Discover some incredible stories of bravery and courage… On a JST voyage you will be sailing alongside people in wheelchairs, those with visual and hearing impairments and other disabilities. By throwing yourself into this diverse team you will learn an incredible amount about your perception of what’s possible, both within yourself and within other people.

Learn
Work together and improve your life skills. There is something truly magical about sailing under the power of the elements alongside your fellow voyage crew. On a voyage with us you will learn the value of communication, the genuine need for each person to play their part in the team and the significance of leadership skills in a pressurised but fulfilling environment.

Discover
Explore the planet from the decks of a magnificent tall ship. A voyage with the JST is the very definition of adventure. From Tenacious’ overseas odyssey to the South Pacific and Australia, to Lord Nelson’s European Tall Ships Races in Gothenburg and Lisbon, there is no better way to discover the hidden corners of our planet Earth.

Observe
From exotic birds to brilliant beasts, you can see them all. There really is nothing like seeing the wonders of the natural world. Imagine dolphins skipping playfully alongside the ship, or an albatross gliding overhead - you will have the opportunity to experience wildlife in a truly unique way. All of this and more is possible on board a JST voyage.

Meet
The camaraderie of ship life means firm friendships are formed. On our tall ships you will meet some remarkable people. Trainee voyage crew from all walks of life are brought together to experience a unique adventure, and these people become your ‘family’ while on board. You will laugh, sail, explore, learn and discover…together. You will be sure to make friends for life.

About the Jubilee Sailling Trust

The Jubilee Sailing Trust (JST) is a globally-unique, UN-accredited not-for-profit which utilises the adventure of tall ship sailing to unlock human potential and break down barriers between people of different circumstances especially between people with physically disability and those without.

The JST has designed and built two special purpose tall ships (Lord Nelson and Tenacious) which include features not seen on other vessels so crew members with disability and those without can work together side-by-side. There are no passengers and no restrictions. In this way, a JST voyage provides a unique environment where disability is not a factor and those with disability can operate as equals, where everyone comes together to work as a single team. 

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This shared adventure and teamwork, in a structured environment, quickly breaks down barriers between people who may not have previously interacted and changes perceptions of what is humanly possible. The JST has received the rare honour of being accredited by the United Nations for the charity’s tireless work on disability and inclusion and support for the UN’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The JST is now part of an extremely select group of just 254 accredited charities and NGOs around the world. Since the early days, the JST has provided never-to-forget adventures to almost 45,000 people, including: 5,548 wheelchair users; 1,899 people who are blind; 547 amputees; 1,671 with cerebral palsy; and 1,295 with hearing impairment A voyage with the JST is about joining in and getting involved in all aspects of sailing the ship, regardless of your physical ability. Whether you are a tall ship enthusiast, fair-weather sailor or complete beginner - we welcome everyone. Don’t worry if you haven’t sailed before - most people step on board Tenacious with no experience of sailing a tall ship, so you won’t be alone! Our permanent crew will support you through all the tasks involved with sailing the ship.

About Tenacious

Since its inception in 1978 the Jubilee Sailing Trust has strived to enable people of all physical abilities to sail. In the early 1990’s it was becoming clear that the mission was becoming increasingly popular. The Jubilee Sailing Trust’s ship Lord Nelson, commissioned and specifically designed for the trust, was unable to continue to supply the growing demand.

With this in mind Lindsey Neve, then director of the JST made it her aim to fundraise for the build of a new ship. A new committee was set up comprising six members of whom five were volunteers.

In July 1995, the National Lottery awarded the trust 65% of the estimated cost of such a large project. Initial funding secured, the project got fully underway.

After extensive research and negotiations, the new ship committee chose Merlin Quay, a site that included an old office block. The site was renamed Jubilee Yard.

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Now funding was in place, Tony Castro’s design JST/02 which took over 2½ years to fully complete (and at one point involved 25 people working from four offices to complete all the drawings), could get underway.

On the 6th of June 1996 HRH The Duke of York hammered golden rivets into Siberian Larchwood during the “keel laying ceremony” and work could officially begin.

The timber frames used to construct the hull were first cut in Aug 1996, whilst work began on the old office block the JST acquired. The building was to be transformed into accommodation for volunteers who would stay for “Shorewatch” holidays and offices for the JST. During their stay volunteers of all physical abilities enjoyed helping the shipwrights in the construction of the ship.

Constructed upside down, the wooden hull was finally turned the right way up on the 23rd October 1998 in an extravagant ceremony with The Duke of York. The turning process involved fitting large circular turning clamps to the hull and took just over one hour.

With the hull the correct way up, fitting out the interior of the vessel could begin. Prefabricated sections were put in place, including the fixed bunks designed to be wider on the bottom bunk to enable wheelchair users easier access.

On Thursday the 3rd of February 2000 Tenacious was ready to leave the yard, and to a great many people it was an emotional day. Crowds gathered to get a glimpse of Tenacious as she saw daylight for the first time. Transporters drove the ship towards the barge which was to send Tenacious into her natural element. The following day tug boats took Tenacious to Vosper Thornycroft to have the masts and yards fitted.

On the 6th of April 2000 Tenacious was officially named in a ceremony attended by HRH The Duke of York.

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Tenacious sailed on her maiden voyage 1,548 days after her keel was laid, on 1st September 2000 from Southampton to Southampton calling at Sark, St Helier and Weymouth. She has been delivering freedom, fun and adventure for everyone ever since.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Program 2016/17

 

 

Cairns to Brisbane
18 Oct to 29 Oct (12 days)

$2,961  TNS498

Board Tenacious from Cairns, known as the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, and follow the Reef down to Brisbane sailing down the spectacular Queensland coastline. You will be sure to see lots of unique sea life either side of the reef.  We won’t know which side we will be sailing on until we know what the wind is doing, but we either way we can expect some brilliant sailing and plenty to see.

Sydney to Melbourne  
11 Nov to 19 Nov (9 days)

$2,221 (plus GST) TNS 500

Celebrate Tenacious’ 500th Voyage!

Join the JST Australia for an extra-special adventure as Tenacious takes to the seas for the 500th time!

This memorable 9-day adventure will be a prime opportunity to spot the Southern Humpbacks as they migrate to the Antarctic feeding grounds for the summer. We may also have the chance to visit the Orca Museum at Eden, or perhaps a sheltered night in the beautiful Refuge Cove on Wilson Promontory.

A 9-day voyage is considered the perfect time away to fully experience life at sea and a JST adventure. Life-changing experiences and challenges await – plus a lot of fun!

Melbourne Round Trip
20 Nov to 26 Nov (7 days)

$1728 TNS501

Climb on board Tenacious for this exciting week-long adventure following the channels of global seafarers to The Rip and explore the full delights of the waters around Melbourne. Depending on which way the wind is blowing, we hope to voyage on toward Phillip Island, French Island or out toward Flinders Island (where west-to-east winds attract yachtsmen from around the world).

Melbourne to Auckland
2 Dec to 21 Dec (20 days)

$4935 (plus GST) TNS502

Get a taste of life at sea on our fabulous ship Tenacious! Harness the power of wind and ocean as you sail from Australia to New Zealand the traditional way.  This is the opportunity of a lifetime, blue water sailing out of sight of land, experiencing the passage tall ships were made to sail. Along with the variety of marine life you’ll encounter on this longer passage voyage across the Tasman Sea, you’ll experience the routines of the ship, learn new skills like celestial navigation, and form deep and lifelong friendships.  While you enjoy the rhythms of wind and waves as you settle into life with your watch and the routines of the ship. Enjoy putting your new skills to the test in this challenging blue water crossing, and feel the satisfaction when you get your first sight of Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

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Arthurs Seat Eagle Takes Flight


Today the new Arthurs Seat Skylift project has a new name - The Arthurs Seat Eagle.

The first of the 24 new Gondolas was unveiled today at the brand launch.

Eagle CEO, Hans Brugman said today:

The new name symbolised the “soaring flight” people would experience on the gondola, and paid homage to the wedge-tailed eagles that could be spotted from the ride.

With the arrival of the Gondolas from Switzerland, the project is on track for its December 3 official opening.

The Eagle will be a boon for Tourism on the Mornington Peninsula. The new Gondolas will seat 8 people and will also accommodate wheelchair users with level entry. 

 

Accessibility Features
  • Slow moving Gondolas in the stations allowing level access for wheelchairs, prams and strollers
  • Improved car parking overall and level accessible parking
  • Ramped access throughout
  • Accessible observations decks
  • Accessible toilets and a Changing Places facility
Official Brand Launch
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Martin Dixon MP

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Eagle CEO Hans Brugman

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Ride the first Gondola at the Grand Opening
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Place your bid and you and your seven guests could be riding the very first Gondola leaving the station at our Grand Opening on Saturday 3rd December. You will lead the celebrations - even beating the Premier to the number one spot! Plus, you will receive VIP treatment all day with complimentary food and beverages and all round star treatment.

All money raised at the auction will be donated to our neighbours – the Peninsula Specialist College and Dromana Primary School.

This is a once in a life time opportunity – don’t miss out!

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Jervis Bay Wild, An Accessible Whale Watching Experience


Jervis Bay is renowned for its natural beauty and extraordinary wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, sea birds, fairy penguins and migrating whales (from May through November). Rich in Australian history, Aboriginal culture and geological marvels, Jervis Bay is also famous for its diving, exceptionally clear water.

Experience the wonders of Jervis Bay on 18.5 metre catamaran Port Venture. She has five viewing levels, and has been specifically designed to suit all ages, especially those who are in wheelchairs or have a physical disability. Port Venture has disabled amenities on board and level walk/wheel on, and off ramp.

Guests with any type of disability can experience whale and dolphin watching, as well as be safely hoisted into the boom net or go snorkeling in the clear waters of Jervis Bay.

Once back on shore visit Jervis Bay Wild’s Portside Cafe to enjoy lunch or tea and a cake.  Portside has fully accessible amenities available.

Jarvis Bay Wild operates 365 days of the year and run a number of Eco tours consisting of:

Dolphin – all year round

Whale – mid-May to mid November

Summer – mid November to mid-May

Boom Netting – mid-November to mid-May

Twilight – December to April

Seal Colony – dependent on wind and sea conditions

Private Charters – to suit any occasion.

 

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Father and Son Watching Dolphins

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On the tip of the Bow

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Boom Netting Hoist

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Portside Cafe and Dock

About the Shoalhaven

The Shoalhaven is situated on the South Coast of NSW and includes Jervis Bay.

Around the Shoalhaven there are many activities suitable for travellers of any ability, their families and their friends, making this region the perfect destination for people who may require some extra care and assistance with their access requirements. Whether fishing from an accessible jetty, admiring the spectacular pristine, white sands around the Bay, or out on the water in a fully accessible boat for dolphin and whale watching For those who are more adventurous a hoist can lift you into the boom net or off the back of the boat to go snorkelling with the marine life.

There is a large range of accessible accommodations options available.

 

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