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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Oct-Nov 2012
12 | www.probussouthpacific.org NeWs Welcome to the Outback An honest book about one woman’s journey inland, Welcome to the Outback chronicles city slicker Sue Williams’ sojourn to discover the Australian Outback. A vegetarian who doesn’t drink alcohol and has intolerances to wheat and caffeine, Sue was always going to struggle. However that’s what makes the book so appealing and sincere. Sue joined a cattle drive across Queensland, fought in the boxing ring and pregnancy tested a cow. But, in every challenge she faced, she saw the beauty in Australia’s landscape. Custom built hotel rooms for hearing or sight impaired guests While many hotels offer mobility accessible rooms, the Mercure Hobart Hotel has gone two steps further with the modification of eight rooms to specifically cater for visitors with hearing or vision impairment. Statistics from the Australian Network on Disability show that more than one million Australians are hard of hearing and 300,000 Australians have a vision impairment that is not correctable by glasses. But that doesn’t stop these people from travelling. In partnership with Hearing Link Tasmania, The Tasmanian Deaf Society and Royal Guide Dogs Tasmania, Mercure Hobart has ensured that its rooms and hotel services cater to the needs of those with vision impairment and hearing loss while meeting the strictest guidelines and specifications of these organisations. Rooms have been updated with a range of fixed and portable features for the deaf and hard of hearing, including tactile technology such as an alarm clock with strobe light and under-pillow vibrating pad, which is responsive to the hotel’s fire alarm. Large dial button and display screen telephones, touch reactive alarm clocks, increased room lighting, and audio versions of the room compendium, room service menus and emergency and evacuation information have been introduced for the vision impaired. In-room stationery and door signage have also been produced in Braille. Public areas and front desk services have also added specific features for guests such as Hearing Loop, tactile flooring and Braille touch surfaces. Hearing impaired guests can order room service via SMS. WiN To win one of ten copies of Welcome to the Outback, email or post your answer to the following question along with your name, address and telephone number. e: activeretirees@ mahlabmedia.com.au Post: Welcome to the Outback Mahlab Media 369a Darling St Balmain NSW 2041 Question: what sort of animal did Sue pregnancy test? Cultural Centre opening The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre will open its doors in early November after 14 years of planning and development. The centre, with a combined public area of more than 4000sqm, will be home to the 600sqm Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, the World Heritage Interpretive Centre, a viewing platform to the spectacular Jamison Valley, and extensive workshop and seminar spaces. The hotel has also installed a Hearing Loop for hearing impaired guests.
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