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by Sherrie

I’m now back home from an amazing Human Brochure weekend in Canberra… and it feels weird not to be whisked off to somewhere amazing and not tagging #humanbrochure every 10 minutes.

Australian Capital Tourism did an amazing job organising the whole weekend – they should get an Emmy for it. Is there such awards for tourism? Or even an Oscar. Golden Globe?

East Hotel was amazing – I loved everything about it! The staff were amazing. I couldn’t believe it when I discovered that it had only opened 6 months ago! Such professionalism displayed from staff, one would have thought it had been open for years! I would highly recommend it to everyone – even if you have to save up hardcore because it’s not cheap! Apparently their cheapest room is at about $400AUD per night!

Australian Capital Tourism did a fantastic job with organising an Auslan interpreter for the most of the weekend. Honestly, I would have been more comfortable if they were able to source an interpreter from Sydney, preferably a Professional. Nevertheless, the Auslan interpreter did a great job and I was glad to be able to get most information while on tour, otherwise I would have missed out on a lot. I was impressed with the Museum of Australian Democracy – they had a staff member who was able to sign, so he interpreted the best he could for the speeches on Sunday morning. Very impressed.

In terms of accessibility, I noticed most venues did not provide captioning – this includes the National Library of Australia, Museum of Australian Democracy, Australian War Memorial and  National Gallery of Australia. They should consider creating more accessibility options, especially for deaf and hearing impaired visitors. Australian Communication Exchange has created an app called OpenMi Tours, which gives deaf people the choice to view audio transcribed in Auslan by using the app on their iPhone, iPad or an Android device. The app is accessible at: City of Sydney – Town Hall; Historic Houses Trust – Hyde Park Barracks; Mildura Rural City Council – The Chaffey Trail; National Gallery of Victoria; National Sports Museum; Queensland Art Gallery; Werribee Open Range Zoo and Western Australian Museum.

Although, captioning would be greatly appreciated not just by deaf people, but everyone else.

I loved everything about the weekend – Australian Capital Tourism pulled it off flawlessly! I still cannot get over how amazing the Tom Yum infused prawns were at the Lanterne Rooms! I could seriously have married the dish.

Prior to the weekend, I thought Canberra was a boring city where all politics happen. Alas, I was proved wrong! I visited Canberra for the first time in November when I was sent to a conference as a delegate and I thought it was beautiful. I did not have the time to explore it fully, so I am absolutely grateful for this opportunity – especially before I begin my postgraduate career!

Thank you to Mum for inviting me along as your guest.

Thank you to Australian Capital Tourism for organising an amazing weekend.

My photos and posts from the weekend can be found on this stream.

Peace out

S xo

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LaLa February 21, 2013 - 12:21 pm

I am definitely going to have to check out the East next time I am down in Canbs, though we foodies could not fault the Realm at all. It’s lovely.

Glad you had a great weekend and came away with a different view on Canberra, I guess that’s what it’s all about.

Forgive me for my ignorance but, may I ask what the difference between a Auslan interpreter and a Professional?

shezzahead February 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm

All good – not many people are aware of qualification levels of an Auslan interpreter. The Auslan interpreter I was assigned was a Para-Professional (in other words, Level 2). I should have been more clearer 😉 She being a Para-Professional, I felt she could have done a better job, as I have worked with other Auslan interpreters who are on the same level and have done far much better job. After working with so many Auslan interpreters, I have become quite fussy.

webgrrlbiz February 21, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Glad you enjoyed it.. and YES, there is the annual Australian Tourism Awards : http://australiantourismawards.com.au/

Thank You for coming with me :)) our first trip together.. but definitely not our last 😉 xox

LaLa February 21, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Ah, I see, that makes sense 🙂 I am sure that institutions you visited would really appreciate your feedback on accessibility. I used to manage 2 Heritage listed institutions in Canberra, just keeping the buildings going and standing took up most of my energies so any feedback was helpful. Maybe you could become an accessibility consultant? 😉

Susanne February 22, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Hey Sherrie, I think you were with my group at the Glassworks? I had such a fun weekend and do feel like Canberra can be more of a tourist destination than just a visit-in-grade-6 destination. 🙂


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