INFO

EVENT INFO


Date

  • Saturday 4th April
Time
  • 12pm – 10pm
Location
  • Coburg Velodrome – 30 Charles Street, Coburg
Please Note
  • This is a strictly 18+ event.
  • Pass-outs are available to all guests via the main entrance.
  • You may be filmed at this event for broadcasting.
  • Let’s all keep a close eye on each other. We’re all friends.
  • Drink lots of water and pace yourself.
  • Familiarise yourself with the official Ability Fest map, especially areas like First Aid & Water Stations.
  • Come prepared for forecasted weather (Remember; it’s Melbourne).




GETTING THERE


Coburg Velodrome is located on Charles Street, Coburg North. Please Note; Parking is not available except for a specific car park reserved for those with a disabled permit. We have done our best to list possible transit options to & from the venue below. To Drive

  • From Flinders Street Station, it is a 21 minute drive to the Coburg Velodrome in moderate traffic
To Train
  • Catch the Upfield line from Flinders Street Station to Batman [11 stops, 23 minutes]
  • It is a 1KM walk (about 12 minutes) from Batman Station to the Coburg Velodrome
To Tram
  • Catch the #19 tram towards North Coburg from Flinders Street Station
  • Get off the tram at Renown Street/Sydney Road
  • It is a 850m walk (about 10 minutes) from the tram stop to the Coburg Velodrome




ARRIVAL & ENTRY


On arrival at Ability Festival, please proceed to the front gates in an orderly manner with your digital ticket ready or printed ticket ready to show volunteers on the gate. Please note; any tickets other than General Admin will need to proceed to the box office beside the front gate. If you have access questions, please email accessliaison@dylanalcottfoundation.com.au




WHAT TO BRING


Ability Fest has you covered. The event will be overflowing with local vendors offering food, drinks, crafts & activities

  • Service dogs are welcomed & will have an area for them to refresh & relax.
  • There is a dedicated quiet zone for those who medically require or just simply need some time out. See the map for specifics.
  • Remember the temperamental weather that is in Melbourne and dress accordingly.
  • Phone chargers are recommended as there will be no charging bays.




BANNED ITEMS


Alcohol, glass (perfume bottles under 100ml are permitted), food, soft drinks, metal cutlery, bottle openers, cans, more than 100ml of liquid (sunscreen, perfume, makeup), hydration packs or bladders, skateboards, milk crates, containers of liquid fuel, water pistols, weapons, illegal drugs, fireworks, fire twirling devices, flares, professional recording devices, laser lights, studded clothing apparel, any other items considered illegal or dangerous, animals, umbrellas, eskys, backpacks larger than an A4 piece of paper, shopping trolleys, camping chairs, deck chairs, bean bags, air beds, tables, tents, sun shades, aerosols.




PARKING


Parking is only available for those ticket holders who hold a valid disability permit. Please look out for the official Ability Fest Map that will be released ~2 weeks prior to the event which will advise you exactly where the parking lot is. Parking has generously been made available by VISY.




DISABILITY INFORMATION


What types of accessible seating options does the venue have? All Tickets are GA, we will have viewing platforms at both stages with seating available at each stage Seating is also available near the food trucks and chill out space Are companion cards accepted? Yes - patrons who hold a Companion Card, present it at the gate, our gate staff verify the validity of the CC and admit the patron and companion. Which seats in the venue are closest to the accessible entrance? Ability fest has one main entrance located on Charles St Are there specific ease of access seating areas? If yes, please specify Viewing platforms located on both sides of the mainstage and in the middle of the second stage Where are the most suitable seating options for vision impaired patrons? Viewing platforms located on both sides of the mainstage and in the middle of the second stage Where are the most suitable seating options for hearing impaired patrons? Front left of stage where the AusLan interpreter will be Restrooms: How many accessible restrooms are there? 15 Are they unisex/gender natural? Yes Where are they located? (if applicable) All over the venue. Please refer to map Which seats in the venue are closest to the accessible restrooms? Viewing platform one is located 15m from the Marvaloo Does the venue have ‘Changing Places’ facilities? There will be a Marvaloo with hoist at Ability fest Parking: How many accessible car parks are there on site? Please look out for the official Ability Fest Map that will be released ~2 weeks prior to the event which will advise you exactly where the parking lot is. Can they be purchased/ pre-booked and how? E.g. online, by phone. Yes – Please email accessliaison@dylanalcottfoundation.com.au Are accessible entrances within 50m of accessible parking? Yes Are there other alternative parking facilities close to the venue? Street Parking is available in surrounding streets of the Velodrome Are there dedicated accessible drop off and pick up points? Yes What Public Transport/ride sharing is available? (both accessible low tram floors) To Train Catch the Upfield line from Flinders Street Station to Batman [11 stops, 23 minutes] It is a 1KM walk (about 12 minutes) from Batman Station to the Coburg Velodrome To Tram Catch the #19 tram towards North Coburg from Flinders Street Station Get off the tram at Stop 30 – Mercy College (Not a Level Access stop) It is a 850m walk (about 10 minutes) from the tram stop to the Coburg Velodrome Stop 40 – Bakers Rd & Sydney Rd has a level access stop and is a 1.1km walk (about 14 min) to Coburg Velodrome What is the best access point to the venue? Charles Street main entrance Is there a dedicated accessibility staff member contact point? Yes Contact point (dedicated email/number) You can contact our Access Liaison via email accessliaison@dylanalcottfoundation.com.au Does your venue have a sensory room/chill out space? We have a full sensory space donated by ANZ Does your venue provide sensory kits? (e.g. fidget spinners, earplugs) Yes, Sensory Kits are donated by ANZ Ramps? (Location if applicable) Accessible flooring will be laid around the festival to make the venue fully accessible for all people Accessible service area? (Location if applicable) Yes – please refer to Map Have venue staff been trained in disability and accessibility awareness? All staff and volunteers have completed awareness training donated by Get Skilled Access Is there a specific accessibility emergency procedure? Yes Do all accessible patrons receive emergency briefing upon taking their seats Staff have been briefed on emergency procedures. Ask any of the friendly staff for a briefing Should you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at accessliaison@dylanalcottfoundation.com.au




VOLUNTEER INFORMATION


Ability Fest came to fruition due to the generous donation of everyone's’ time. There is always room for more volunteers both in the lead up & on the day of the event. We will be looking for volunteers the day prior, the day of and the day following. Please apply below HERE.




MEDICAL & WELLBEING


Ability Fest will be looked after by St John Ambulance officers. Please visit them for any of your medical needs. Their location will be marked appropriately on the map released 2 weeks prior to event. If you’re simply needing some time out, please visit the ANZ Sensory area of the festival where you can relax, refresh & take some quiet time out.




LOST & FOUND


If you lose an item at Ability Fest, we will do all we can to help you find it. Contact our Facebook page after the event with details about your item.





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