First Disabili-TTG Expo a success
Published on 15 September 2023
The City of Tea Tree Gully’s inaugural Disabili-TTG Expo on the weekend was a resounding success, highlighting the spirit of inclusivity and community engagement.
600 attendees of all ages flocked to Sfera’s Convention Centre in Modbury for the event, which showcased Council's commitment to building a thriving, inclusive community where people living with disability are valued and treated equally.
Council worked with local businesses and disability advocates to design the event, which featured over 55 local providers offering activities to people living with a disability, alongside a sensory regulation space for attendees to decompress between activities, provided by Spectrum Connect.
City of Tea Tree Gully community inclusion project officer Kelly Morris said it “was amazing to connect local service providers with people living with disability in our community. The stallholders came to the party with lots of giveaways and resources for visitors to take home!
“We’re proud of the connections and support this event facilitated, and we look forward to continuing to provide opportunities for people living with disability to get involved in their community and have their voice heard – including through our Disability and Inclusion Plan Community Reference Group.”
Feedback received by Council highlighted the event's accessibility features and welcoming environment for people with mobility aids, with one attendee saying, “I picked up some good information and, even though it killed my legs to walk around, it was worth it.”
Other special attractions of the Expo included a photobooth sponsored by Lighthouse Disability and a driving simulator. This simulator provided a unique learning experience, empowering individuals with disabilities to acquire essential driving skills from ActivOT.
Spiderman and Cinderella were even in attendance, greeting guests and taking free selfies.
Together We Can business development manager Tanya Kovacs said it was a “very positive and well executed event."
“I believe that it has made a positive impact on the local community and highlighted the support on offer within the Tea Tree Gully Council area,” said Tanya.
Waterworld Aquatic Centre launched their new four-week disability pilot program on the day, offering free access to the facility to people living with disabilities from 16 October. Those interested can sign up in-person when Waterworld opens on Tuesday 3 October.