Get Ready To RAMP IT UP!


With art classes, karaoke, film screenings and dancing in the street, Bass Coast Shire Council’s RAMP IT UP Festival is guaranteed to be fun for all.

Running from 16 to 23 November, RAMP IT UP will celebrate both Social Inclusion Week and International Day of People with Disability, opening with an event in Apex Park in Wonthaggi on Saturday, 16 November.

Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said Council was working with CSA Moonya and attendees of the Centre so they are involved in RAMP IT UP.

“Clients of CSA Moonya in Wonthaggi will be volunteering as event hosts at RAMP IT UP in Apex Park.

“They will also be performing at the event or as part of the flash mob, and will also volunteer as ushers at the Film Festival night.

“Council and CSA Moonya are hoping to build on this volunteer experience by offering other opportunities at the Shire next year, so that people with disability can gain local government workplace experience,” Ms Mitchell said.

Everyone is invited to take part in activities throughout the week, with plenty of community groups now involved in the full week’s program of events. This is available from local libraries, Council’s Customer Service and Visitor Information Centres and at www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/RAMPITUP

Entertainment and activities throughout the week include a karaoke night, special children’s story times, free indigenous films, art demonstrations and a free screening of St Kilda Film Festival films at the Wonthaggi Town Hall on 23 November.

If you’d like to be involved, Council is still looking for flash mobbers – but you must register by 6 November!

You can also book now for a photographic portrait workshop in Nebula, the amazing, portable, fully accessible artspace coming to Wonthaggi thanks to Arts Access Victoria.

Anyone can participate in these fun portrait workshops, which will give artistic types the chance to play with their own image by combining photography and drawing. Council will keep the portraits for exhibition after RAMP IT UP and then return them to the participants.

Workshop one will run from 10.30am to 12.00pm and Workshop two will run from 1.30pm to 3.00pm on Saturday, 16 November.

To register for an event or find more information, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/RAMPITUP or call Council’s Community Development Team on 1300 BCOAST (226 278), or via the National Relay Service on 133 677 (for people with communication difficulties).