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Accessibility

The Emerging Writers’ Festival is committed to making EWF21 an accessible and welcoming experience for all. Below is some information about how to access our events and happenings, ‘IRL’ (In Real Life) and digital.

We would love to hear about your thoughts, ideas and experiences in relation to the accessibility of the festival at [email protected].

Digital Events 

Our digital events are accessible anywhere, anytime by anyone with an internet connection. Below is some information on how to access our digital events. 

Zoom

Ticketed performances, workshops, Masterclasses and the National Writers’ Conference will be hosted on Zoom. Zoom is compatible with screen readers, and also offers high contrast settings and Dark Mode for people with visual impairments.

For more information about Zoom’s accessibility features click here.

YouTube 

A number of events will be livestreamed to our YouTube channel. Access links will become available on event listing pages before the event. 

YouTube is compatible with screen readers, offers Dark theme and has keyboard shortcuts.

Live Captioning and Transcripts 

Live captioning will be booked for a number of key events during the festival.  If you require live captioning for an event that is not listed, please make a note on the checkout page when you buy your ticket. Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to organise an interpreter for the event/s you’d like to attend.

To view a full list of EWF21 live captioned events, click here!

‘IRL’ Events & Physical Spaces

Wheelchair Accessibility

All of our events are wheelchair accessible and equipped with accessible toilets.

Service Animals

Guide dogs and assistance animals are welcome at all of our events. Water bowls are available on request.

Companion Cards

Companion Card holders receive a complimentary ticket to support people with a disability. Companion tickets must be booked at the same time as the purchased ticket.

Relaxation Areas

Need a quiet space to go during an event? You’ll find designated relaxation areas at the following venues:

  • LOOP Project Space and Bar
  • The Wheeler Centre
  • Brunswick Mechanics Institute
  • Common Rooms

Hearing Loop

A hearing loop allows patrons who are wearing a hearing aid to tune in to the frequency of the venue. If you require hearing assistance, please contact us when you book your ticket.

Venues equipped with hearing loops include:

  • Readings State Library Victoria
  • The Wheeler Centre, in the Performance Space
  • State Library Victoria
  • Common Rooms
  • Dandenong Library

Auslan Interpretation

Auslan interpreters are booked for a number of key events during the festival. If you require an Auslan interpreter for an event that is not listed, please make a note on the checkout page when you buy your ticket. Alternatively, contact us at [email protected] and we would be happy to organise an interpreter for the event/s you’d like to attend.

To view a full list of EWF21 Auslan interpreted events, click here!

Venue Accessibility Information

ACCA

Getting There
ACCA is located at 111 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006. 

By Train:
The nearest train station is Flinders Street Station. From there you can walk (click here for the route on Google Maps) or catch the Route 1 tram toward South Melbourne to Stop 18, or Stop 17 if you require an accessible tram stop. 

By Tram:
The nearest tram stops are: 

  • Sturt Street, Stop 18, Grant Street/Sturt Street (Route 1).
  • Sturt Street, Stop 17, Southbank Boulevard/Sturt Street (accessible tram stop) (Route 1).
  • St Kilda Road, Stop 17, Grant St Memorial/St Kilda Road (Routes 3, 5, 16, 64, 67, 72) (approx
    450m from ACCA).

By Bike:
Bike Share docking stations are located right out the front of ACCA. 

Parking
Metered street parking is available in Grant Street, Dodds Street and Sturt Street. There are two accessible car parks right in front of ACCA’s entrance on Sturt Street. Commercial car parks are located at Arts Centre Melbourne and the Australian Ballet Centre at the end of Sturt Street.

Entrance
Accessible entry is via the front door on Sturt Street.

Bathrooms
There are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available.

More Information
Visit ACCA’s Access page.

Bargoonga Nganjin, Fitzroy North Library

Getting There
Bargoonga Nganjin is located at 182-186 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy North VIC 3068. 

Tram:
Catch the number 11 tram and get off at Stop 22, Scotchmer St/St Georges Rd. The library is a 5 minute walk from this stop. 

Bus:
The 504 bus stops at Scotchmer St/St Georges Rd and is a 3 minute walk to the library.

Entrance
The main entrance is wheelchair accessible. 

Bathrooms
Bargoonga Nganjin is home to a Changing Places toilet. Places is an initiative which advocates for the build and inclusion of adult sized change tables, ceiling hoists and peninsular toilets in all public toilets across Australia to meet the needs of people with complex disabilities and their carers.

More Information
Visit Bargoonga Nganjin, Fitzroy North Library’s Accessible Services page.

Brunswick Mechanics Institutes 

Getting There
Brunswick Mechanics Institute is located at 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick Vic 3056. 

Train:
The nearest train stations are Brunswick and Jewell, on the Upfield line, a 10 minute walk away from the venue. 

Tram:
The nearest tram stops are: 

  • Sydney Road, Stop 21, Brunswick Town Hall/Sydney Road (travelling away from the city) (Route 19 tram).
  • Sydney Road, Stop 21, Glenlyon road/Sydney Road (travelling towards the city) (Route 19 tram).

Parking
There is a car park directly behind the venue, located on David St. It has limited free parking after 5pm. There is also free on-street parking surrounding the venue. 

Two accessible parking spaces are located at the corner of David st and Glenlyon Rd, and another two located on Glenlyon Rd, in front of the Brunswick Community Health Centre. 

Entrance
Accessible entry is via the front door, which has a ramp. 

Bathrooms
There are gender neutral and wheelchair accessible bathrooms available. 

More Information
Visit Brunswick Mechanics Institute’s Accessibility page.

Bunjil Place

Getting There
Bunjil Place is located at 2 Patrick Northeast Drive, Narre Warren. 

If you’re travelling via public transport take the Pakenham Line to Narre Warren Station and Bunjil Place is a 15-minute walk or just a short bus ride (buses 895, 841 and 835) to Westfield Fountain Gate. They are located next to the shopping centre via Overland Drive. 

Parking
General and accessible parking can be found within the Bunjil Place precinct. Check out their Parking page for more information on parking availability.

Entrance
The main entrance is fully accessible via ramps.

Bathrooms
At Bunjil Place you’ll find the following: 

  • fully accessible adult change room with hoist, shower and seat, toilet rails and a lowered sink
  • parent room complete with a microwave oven
  • accessible gender-neutral toilet

More Information
Visit Bunjil Place’s Accessibility page.

Common Rooms 

Getting There
Common Rooms is located upstairs, inside Trades Hall, Corner of Lygon & Victoria Streets, Carlton VIC 3053. 

Train:
Trades Hall is located 800 metres from Melbourne Central train station. Exit at Swanston Street/La Trobe Street, and make your way East up La Trobe Street. Turn left at Russell Street, and continue to Victoria Street, when Russell Street becomes Lygon Street. Trades Hall is on the corner of Victoria Street and Lygon Street.

Bus:
Trades Hall is around a 15-minute bus trip from Melbourne CBD. Catch the 907 Bus from Swanston and Lonsdale Streets. Bus 907 is a Smart Bus – accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

Tram:
Catch the number 30 and City Circle trams East along La Trobe Street. Alight at corner Russell and Swanston, and walk north on Russell Street. Continue to Victoria Street, when Russell Street becomes Lygon Street. Trades Hall is on the corner of Victoria Street and Lygon Street.

Parking
There are a number of street car parks outside Trades Hall on Victoria Street, including an accessible parking bay. Lygon Street carpark is a short walk from Trades Hall – located at 204 – 218 Lygon Street.

You can view a Melbourne CBD mobility map here.

Entrance
Enter via Lygon Street. There is lift access available. You can view the Trades Hall visual guide here.

Bathrooms
Common Rooms has DDA compliant and gender-neutral bathrooms. 

More Information
Visit Common Rooms’ Accessibility page.

Dandenong Library

Getting There
Dandenong Library is located within the Dandenong Civic Centre on the corner of Lonsdale Street and Walker Street. See Google Maps reference here

Train:
The Library is approximately a 600 metre walk from the Dandenong Railway Station. There is a taxi zone located on Foster Street, outside the station.

Bus:
The following bus lines stop near Dandenong Library: 

  • 802, 804, 828, 850, 901

Parking
There are three accessible parking bays on Thomas Street and another two accessible parking bays are located in the carpark underneath the library.  To access from Thomas Street, turn onto Dunbar Lane, follow to the end and turn left onto Kingsbury Lane. Entry is found at the end of this laneway. Exit point for this carpark is on Garnar Lane.

General Parking can be found in the surrounding streets.

Entrance
The main entrance into Dandenong Library is via Harmony Square. Harmony Square is paved and accessible. Access into the library is through a glass revolving door. An accessible entrance is located to the left of the revolving door. This entrance is automated. Press the green button for access.

Bathrooms
Accessible bathrooms are available.

More Information
Visit Dandenong Librarie’s Access Key here.

Footscray Community Arts Centre 

Getting There
Footscray Community Arts Centre is located at 45 Moreland St, Footscray VIC 3011.

Train:
Catch a train to Footscray Station and take a 5 minute walk down Bunbury Street.

Bus:
Take the 402 bus to the corner of Moreland Street and Dynon Road, and then a 5 minute walk down Moreland Street.

Cycle/Walking:
Cycle or walk along the Maribyrnong River and enter FCAC via Riverside Lawn.

Parking
There are 2 hour unmetered car-parks in FCAC’s front car park and metered parking on Moreland Street.

Entrance
The main entrance is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. 

Bathrooms
Accessible bathrooms are available. 

More Information
Visit FCAC’s Plan Your Visit Page. 

Melbourne Planetarium, Scienceworks

Getting There
Scienceworks is located at 2 Booker Street, Spotswood, Vic 3015

Train:
Take the Werribee and Williamstown Lines to Spotswood; allow for a 10 minute walk.

Ferry:
A ferry is available daily from Southbank – Williamstown Ferries (03) 9682 9555.

Bike:
Scienceworks is located close to bicycle routes along the Maribyrnong River, Hyde Street, the Yarra River and Hudsons Road. There is bicycle parking available near the front of the Scienceworks building.

Parking
There are accessible parking spaces in the main Scienceworks car park right near the building entry. General parking at Scienceworks is $4 per day. Payment is by card or pay-by-phone – to register for pay-by-phone go to PayStay.

Bathrooms
Accessible bathrooms are located on the ground floor of the main building:

  • Main entrance (Accessible/ Family toilets/ Parents’ Room)
  • Planetarium foyer (Accessible / Baby change table)
  • Ground Up Exhibition (Accessible / Family toilets/ Parents’ Room)
  • Pumping Station (Accessible)

More Information
Visit Scienceworks’ Visiting page.

Springvale Library

Getting There
Springvale Library is located at 5 Hillcrest Grove, Springvale VIC 3171

By Train:
Take the Pakenham or Cranbourne lines to Springvale Station. From here, you can take the 811, 813 or 902 bus to the library or take a 12 minute walk. 

By Bus:
The nearest bus stops to Springvale Library are: 

  • Springvale Library/Springvale Rd (Springvale) is 60 meters away, 2 min walk.
  • Springvale Central/Windsor Ave (Springvale) is 594 meters away, 8 min walk.

Parking
On-site car parking is available. 

Building Walkthrough
To watch a walkthrough of the building, click here.

Bathrooms
Accessible bathrooms are available. 

More Information
Contact 1300 630 920

State Library Victoria & Readings State Library Victoria

Getting There
State Library Victoria is located at 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne 3000. Melbourne Central Station is directly opposite the Library’s Swanston Street entrance.

Tram & Bus:
The nearest:

You’ll find bike racks on and near the corner of Swanston and La Trobe streets, Swanston and Little Lonsdale streets.

Parking
The Library doesn’t have on-site parking, but there is paid street parking on La Trobe Street and several pay car parks close by, including at Melbourne Central and QV. There are three parking spaces for people with a disability permit in La Trobe Street.

Entrance

  • Swanston Street Welcome Zone: use the ramp at La Trobe Street, near the corner of Swanston Street.
  • Russell Street Welcome Zone: use Entry 5 via La Trobe Street, near the corner of Russell Street.
  • Cafes: visit Guild via Entry 5, La Trobe Street. Enter Mr Tulk via the ramp at La Trobe Street, Entry 2.

Bathrooms
There are separate male and female accessible toilets in these Library spaces:

  • Hansen Hall, just near the entrance to Mr Tulk, in the Swanston Street Welcome Zone on Level 2 (ground floor)
  • Gateway, Level 2 (ground floor), adjacent to the lifts
  • Russell Street Welcome Zone, via Entry 5 on La Trobe Street
  • The Ian Potter Queen’s Hall
  • The Children’s Quarter, Level 2 (ground floor), has joint facilities for carers and children.

More Information
Visit State Library Victoria’s Access-Inclusion page.

The Wheeler Centre & The Moat

Getting There
The Wheeler Centre is located at 176 Little Lonsdale Street. There is limited on-street parking in Little Lonsdale Street. The nearest commercial carpark is at QV, which has an entrance on Little Lonsdale Street.

Train:
The nearest train station is Melbourne Central (170 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance). Access out of the train station is via a lift. 

Tram:
The nearest tram stops are:

  • Swanston Street, Stop 8 outside Melbourne Central/State Library Victoria (routes 1-6, 16, 64, 67, 72) (110 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance).
  • La Trobe Street, Stop 7, (routes 30, 35) (220 metres from the Wheeler Centre entrance).

For a more detailed description of the venue (including audio), click here.

The Moat
The Moat Café and Bar is on the ground floor of the Wheeler Centre building but is only accessible by stairs without arrangement. If you need to use the lift access, please come to the Wheeler Centre foyer and ask a Wheeler Centre staff member to swipe you down to the Moat in the lift. 

If you need to access the Moat via the lift outside of the Wheeler Centre’s opening hours and events, please contact them directly on 9094 7820.

Parking
There are two metered street-side accessible parking spaces available on the left-hand side of Little Lonsdale Street – accessible from the Swanston Street end – roughly 25 metres from the Wheeler Centre’s wheelchair access ramp. These spaces are 2 hours between 7.30am-8.30pm, and unlimited outside of these hours. 

There are three additional spaces on LaTrobe Street, outside Mr Tulk.

The footpaths on Little Lonsdale Street are quite narrow, and are on a slight slope, but are flat and well-surfaced. The footpaths are 1.4 metres wide at the narrowest point.

Entrance
The Wheeler Centre’s foyer is accessible by either stairs or a 23 metre long ramp. At the front of the building, there are nine steep steps with a rail on either side. Each step is 25 centimetres deep. To the side of this, there is a ramp to the right-hand side of the front door as well. 

Bathrooms
There is a gender-neutral and accessible toilet in the foyer where the main event space is. This cubicle also contains a change table.

More Information
Visit The Wheeler Centre’s Accessibility page.