The Slim Dusty Festival, Kempsey

Thursday 08 September 2022 to Sunday 11 September 2022


******Postponed, further information to come******* The Slim Dusty Festival Kempsey replaces the previous event known as Slim Dusty Memories Festival which ran for 17 years. The core audience…

******Postponed, further information to come*******

The Slim Dusty Festival Kempsey replaces the previous event known as Slim Dusty Memories Festival which ran for 17 years. The core audience included travellers, ‘Grey Nomads’, fans of traditional country music and over 55’s. While attendance numbers had been relatively consistent for many years, the changing festival landscape and increased competition from a growing number of events across Australia posed a real threat to the sustainability of the festival in its current form.

The 2022 version of the festival will feature a number of high profile and mainstream country artists such as Kasey Chambers, Felicity Urquhart, The Bushwackers, Luke O’Shea and more. It will also include country music sub-genres such as bluegrass, rockabilly, folk, country rock, alt country etc. Special events and featured programming such as a family Bush Dance, Songs and Stories’ (songwriter’s workshops) ‘In Conversation’ and Bush Poetry, will create some unique entertainment for audiences they will not experience at other. The event will also engage with the local Indigenous Community by coordinating activities through Uncle Jimmy Thumbs Up.

A quiet space is available at the venue/ facility

Allows a person's carer free entry into participating venues and events

Actively welcomes people with access needs.
Adhere to The Food Authority requirements for allergy management in food preparation
Advise tour guides of the access needs of guests at the time of booking (includes pick up and drop off requirements)
Ask all visitors if there are any specific needs to be met

Caters for people who are blind or have vision loss

Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss

Caters for people who use a wheelchair.

Caters for people with allergies and intolerances.

Caters for people with high support needs who travel with a support person

Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids)

Employ people with disability
Have a bathroom which is fully accessible and equipped with ceiling hoist and adult change table
Have a place to store medical equipment (eg oxygen)
Have a wheelchair accessible toilet / shower and change room
Have accessibility information and photos, including of a bathroom, room and/or floor plan on your website (can be emailed on request)
Have an accessible public toilet which is unlocked
Have an appropriate area for toileting an assistance dog
Have at least one wheelchair accessible parking space with wheelchair accessible signage clearly displayed (International standards are 3200mm wide x 2500 mm high)
Have doorways which are easy to open and have lever handles (doorways 850mm or wider when open and not heavy)
Have equipment to respond to anaphylactic shock such as epi–pens and defibrillator
Have Exit signs which are visible at a ground level (high level signs are difficult to see in a fire)
Have grab rails in the bathroom
Have handrails on all your stairways
Have step free access to the conference or function room
Have step free outdoor pathways (includes picnic areas, barbecues and shelters)
Have wheelchair accessible transport options available in the general vicinity (provide information on name of the operator, phone and website link to individual providers for private vehicles, community transport train, mini vans, hire cars, buses, taxis
Provide digital communication materials (hard copy information is also available on line)
Provide information in audio format (includes an audio described map of your venue, audio descs of performances and/ or displays)
Provide information in large print
Provide linen that is chemical and fragrance free (if requested)
Provide seating in common areas including reception area
Train your staff in customer service for people with vision loss (training would incorporate way finding and communicating with people with vision loss)
Train your staff in communicating with people who are deaf or have hearing loss
Train your staff in communicating with people with learning or behavioural challenges
Train your staff in disability awareness
Use easy read fonts in your signage and communication materials (Helvetica and Arial)
Use floors/coverings which are slip resistant, firm and smooth
Use non-slip tiles in the bathroom or slip resistant matting
Use organic (chemical and fragrance free) deodorisers in public areas and rooms
Use Plain English / easy read signage and information (includes menus and emergency information)
Welcomes and assists people who have challenges with learning, communication, understanding and behaviour. (includes people with autism, intellectual disability, Down syndrome, acquired brain injury (ABI), dyslexia and dementia)

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