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Disability Action Plan – Rainbow Serpent Music Festival

Lexton, Victoria, Australia

 

Introduction

Who we are and our purpose

Rainbow Serpent Festival is an innovative cultural event that offers a unique combination of music, art, performance, spiritual education, relaxation and healing. RSF values a strong connection to Indigenous cultures, diversity and inclusion- "While dancing their Dreamings, aborigines spiritually connect themselves to the land and to the Dreamtime.”

RSF strives to include all people in its alternative culture based on bring people together in a spirit of inclusion, respect and understanding.
 

Our program

Rainbow Serpent Festival began as a small gathering in a secluded clearing, growing to an internationally recognised, multifaceted weekend of dance, colour, expression and celebration. People now travel from all over the world to Western Victoria to experience what is widely regarded as one of the best music, art and lifestyle festivals in the world.
 

Our Commitment

In consultation with the RSF Community we aim to constantly improve our services and access for people with disability as participants and as audiences. RSF will seek further feedback from stakeholders in the coming years to inform continuous development of our Disability Action Plan.

All our staff, volunteers and organising committee are fully committed to the implementation of this Disability Action Plan. The performance indicators of this plan are reported to the organising committee and the plan is reviewed every 12 months. Continued feedback from the RSF community will be considered and is welcomed.

 

Year 1 Disability Action Plan 2017- 18

Objective 1

Provide Inclusive Information for Access & Awareness

Action 1

Accessibility Information Pack developed and available via multiple channels in accessible formats

Action 2

Establish a Disability Access Enquiry Service via existing website

Action 3

Establish Accessible Camping Area booking process and form

Objective 2

Enhance Site Accessibility

Action 1

Establish an Accessible Camping Area

Action 2

Establish Accessible showers & toilets at Camping Area

Action 3

Create accessible viewing platforms at Market Stage

Action 4

Develop accessible pathways from Camping Area

Action 5

Develop accessible seating at suitable junctures around major stages and along pathways

 

Objective 1: Provide Inclusive Information for Access & Awareness

Action

How

Accessibility Information Pack developed and available via multiple channels in accessible formats

Develop "One Page", including Accessibility Map for inclusion on website under "Camping & Travel".  Make it available in multiple formats web, pdf, Word, can be emailed etc.  Include link in the FAQs.  Publish via FB/Social Media.

Establish a Disability Access Enquiry Service via existing website

Include in the One Page above.  Allow for multiple ways of contact. Have a dedicated email address and assign moderator.

Establish Accessible Camping Area booking process and form

Develop a form in accessible format.

Incorporate the form into the Disability Access section on the website.

Appoint person responsible for managing access requests.

Onsite Services Informed

Ensure existing RSF service providers are informed of accessibility info.  Include Rainbow Rangers, Info Tent, The Nest/Dancewise, Medical Staff, Police.  Ensure Access Camping Crew informed.

Enhance existing signage to existing facilities

Clear signage for existing services and accessible facilities.

 

Objective 2: Enhance Site Accessibility

Action

How

Establish an Accessible Camping Area

Designate an accessible camping area similar to and located near Family Camping area on map.

Establish Access Camping Crew a la Family Camping.

Establish Accessible showers & toilets at Camping Area

Provision accessible toilets and showers with accessible camping area.  Provision accessible toilets off Market Stage at G7.

Accessible toilets and showers co-located with other existing toilets and showers throughout the camping areas.

Create accessible viewing platforms at major stages

Create a viewing platform for Market Stage determin if Main Stage requires one with natural ampetheatre.

Accessible seating located near viewing platform.

Provide accessible pathways from Camping Area

Establish pathway from accessible camping area to village and accessible facilities.

Develop accessible seating at suitable junctures around major stages and along pathways

Offer as an Art Installation project via existing means.

Provide accessible pathways to food stall, market place and lifestyle village.

 

 

Items for Consideration in Subsequent Years

Objective 3:  Review and Enhance Disability Action Plan for Subsequent Years to Industry Best Practice

Item 1

Consider further enhancements people with vision impairment

Item 2

Consider further enhancements people with hearing impairment

Item 3

Consider further enhancement of mental health & wellbeing support

Item 4

Consider redevelopment of website to meet accessibility guidelines egg. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1

 

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