MetroAccess program

What is the role of MetroAccess?

The MetroAccess program supports developing the capacity of people with a disability in our community.

MetroAccess program is a partnership between the Department of Human Services and local government which aims to make Moreland more welcoming and inclusive for people with disability.

Council has a MetroAccess Officer who can be contacted by phone on 9240 2469 or email MetroAccess Officer.

Diana Ross open studios

Current opportunities

Open Studio

'Diana Ross' Ian Caplin 2014 

We have been running for a term now and we are happy to see the Open Studio developing nicely! Contact us if you are interested in being involved.

The Metro Access Program is partnering with The East Coburg Community House and inclusive visual artist Alister Karl to offer an Open Studio in Coburg every Friday morning throughout the school term.

This opportunity is for adults with a disability who are emerging, established or brand new artists. 

Alister will provide an introduction to several visual arts techniques as well as support each individual's artistic practice. There will also be an opportunity to exhibit within the community.

Term 2 starts on Friday April 28th and runs from 9.30 am - 12.30 pm for 9 weeks.

The Open Studio is run out of the East Coburg Community House at 32 Nicholson Street, East Coburg, book online.

The house is accessible to most wheelchair users and also has access to a personal assisted hearing system. If you are interested and require other access supports to be involved, please contact MetroAccess on 9384 9291 or via email.

Cost: $10 per session or $90 for the term. You can pay as you go and try outs are welcome!

 Nektaria's hand and pastel drawing

Past events 

Blemish

International Day of People with a Disability 2016

The Metro Access program at Moreland City Council proudly supported BLEMISH for International Day of People with a Disability.

BLEMISH was a creative development performance and forum on Friday 9 December 2016 from 6 - 7.30 pm.

It was held at The Space, Coburg High School, Gate 1, 101 Urquhart Street, Coburg.

Young people living in the intersection between queerness and disability dispel age old stereotypes head on, in this creative development performance showing and panel discussion on disability, sexuality and gender diversity.

Moreland based YGLAM Queer Youth Theatre group (Merri Health) in collaboration with Thomas Banks (a young, queer theatre maker and disability leader) and leading independent queer theatre company, Little One’s Theatre have created this awesome event.

Access information

This event was wheelchair accessible, Auslan interpreted for Deaf people who use Auslan, Audio described for people who are blind or have low vision and featured Relaxed Performance conditions to support audience members with Autism or intellectual disability to engage with the performance and forum.

 The Audio Description logo  The Auslan Sign Interpreting logo relaxed performance logo wheelchair accessible logo

Collaborators

YGLAM Since 1998, Y-GLAM (Merri Health) has produced several original theatre works, a short film, community service announcement and a social action postcard series. The theatre works pivot around the experiences of the young SSAGQ people (Same sex attracted, gender questioning) who attend the group. They work in collaboration with an Artistic Director and professional production team to create exciting, fresh and relevant works for the community.

Thomas Banks has a broad range of professional experience in the disability and arts sectors, which have taken him across Australia and internationally. He works as a disability leader and theatre maker and engages and educates communities about disability access, inclusive communities, sexual diversity and social practice through theatre, workshops and public speaking.

Little Ones theatre is a queer theatre company formed by director Stephen Nicolazzo and designers Eugyeene Teh and Katie Sfetkidis. Dedicated to investigating gender and queer aesthetics, Little Ones has a reputation for making theatre featuring ambitious production values with broad appeal. The company’s works have been featured in the Best of Melbourne Theatre lists for The Age, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, and Time Out in 2012, 2013  2014 and 2015. They were also listed in the Daily Review’s 21 Hot Young Theatre Makers for 2014.

Oxygen Youth Services who are providing technical support through their Freeza team.   

General MetroAccess queries

For a person with disability, carer or family member

If you have a disability, Council’s MetroAccess Officer can tell you about:

  • how to speak up about things you are concerned about
  • projects happening in Moreland
  • disability services in Moreland 
  • respite services, and
  • what Council is doing to improve things for people with a disability.

For a community group, business or organisation

Council's MetroAccess Officer can:

  • provide information about communicating with people with a disability
  • support you to make your group or organisation more inclusive and accessible.

If you are a business, industry or organisation in Moreland, see good access is good business guide.

This explains how to make your business or organisation more accessible to people with disabilities.