Bass Coast,

Celebrating all abilities

Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) are being celebrated with a variety of activities once again in Bass Coast.

Social Inclusion Week is celebrated from 21 to 29 November, while IDPwD is celebrated on 3 December.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Kimberley Brown, said these two annual events help ensure all Australians feel included and valued, giving everyone the opportunity to participate fully in society.

“It’s about connecting local communities, workmates, family and friends in order to build and strengthen relationships and networks, addressing isolation and exclusion by supporting people who may be unable to help themselves,” Cr Brown said.

“These events also aim to increase public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability and celebrate the achievements and contributions of people with disability.”

Three special events are being held in Bass Coast and South Gippsland throughout November.

Yooralla Community Café

By popular demand, our local Yooralla hospitality group is hosting a Community Café at the Inverloch Community Hub on Thursday, 12 November and will open from 12.30pm onwards.

The Yooralla Community Café follows the ‘Lentil as Anything’ philosophy, where guests contribute what they feel their meal and experience is worth, according to their own financial ability.

RSVPs are essential by calling Vanessa or Sharon on (03) 5662 3344 to reserve your place, as numbers are limited.

South Coast Access Alliance Come and Try Event

The South Coast Access Alliance creates sustainable opportunities for people with a disability to get involved in local sport, recreation and community activities in South Gippsland and Bass Coast.

It helps to raise community awareness of the need for, and benefits of, including people with a disability in recreation and leisure activities.

In line with this, and to celebrate Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disabilities, the South Coast Access Alliance is running a ‘Come and Try’ event which is open to everyone. There will be activities such as judo, mini golf, kite making, yoga, personal training, craft, karate, photo booth and more! It is a great opportunity to try something new and get involved with your local organisations.

The event is on Wednesday, 25 November from 10.00am to 2.00pm and will be held at SPLASH Leisure Centre, Roughead Street, Leongatha.

Come along for a great day out. All you need is a sense of adventure and willingness to try new things!

Please RSVP by calling Kris on 5674 6407 or emailing

Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service Gaming for All

Interchange Gippsland’s Young Adult Service (YAS) provides supported access to activities in the Bass Coast region.

The YAS aims to assist and encourage individuals with a disability to achieve meaningful and realistic life goals.

YAS would like to invite everyone to attend an afternoon of gaming and to come and try PC, Xbox, board games and more.

The event is on Thursday, 26 November from 12.00pm until 3.00pm at the Bass Coast Principal Library in Murray Street, Wonthaggi.

For more information, contact Sarah Cantwell from Interchange Gippsland on 1300 736 765.

These events have been made possible thanks to Council, Bass Coast Community Health Service, Connecting Skills Australia, GippSport – Access All Abilities, Interchange Gippsland, Scope, South Coast Primary Care Partnership, South Gippsland Shire Council and Yooralla Group Services in Leongatha.