Discovering the Port of Echuca and its accessibility
On a beautiful sunny October day, the Network met at the historic Henry’s Bridge Hotel for lunch outdoors and later, tested the accessibility of a section of the newly renovated wharf. As it has been a couple of months since the Network was in Echuca, the group first enjoyed a social catch up and updated each other on what they have been up to lately. They also had a surprise catch up with a fellow Network member who was dining at the same restaurant during his work lunch break.
The Network also discussed project updates on the Shire of Campaspe, including the new Access and Inclusion Strategy. The Strategy will be endorsed by Council later this month. The Network also learned that the Rural Access Officer role was no longer funded, which had “focused on the inclusion of all people in the community regardless of ability, age or culture”.
Instead, the Council’s Community Engagement team will be looking after all current and future access and inclusion projects. The Network looks forward to building a new working relationship with Sam, Community Engagement Manager, in the very near future.
After lunch, The Network toured the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre (website: https://www.portofechuca.org.au/) which depicted how the Port of Echuca was the main shipbuilding centre on the Murray River, and how the transport industry was crucial to Echuca’s development. (Note, Shire residents and residents living in area code 2731 have unlimited free entry to The Port of Echuca Discovery Centre!)
There was no need for a tour guide, as the Echuca locals of the group used their lived experiences to provide Peter and Kelly from Spire with free and interesting history lessons of Echuca and the Murray River. The group then tested the accessibility of the newly renovated wharf under the Port of Echuca Discovery Centre. Though it may be a bit difficult to manually push up the slight incline of the path, the group agreed that the wharf itself was well restored, and it was a beautiful spot to enjoy the river.
Although there wasn’t time to visit the Foundry Arts Space (website: http://emai.org.au/foundry-arts-space/) as planned, the Network had fun enjoying each other’s company and sharing individual learnings.
Details of our next event
Wednesday, 06 Nov 2019
120 -126 Maude St, Shepparton
Spire at 9489 0777 (toll free 1800 999 128) or [email protected]