Three days of events in Greater Shepparton to celebrate International Day of People with Disability

Greater Shepparton City Council, in partnership with the Greater Shepparton Disability Advisory Committee, Shepparton Art Museum, Are-Able, V/Line, Department of Transport, Travelers Aide, and Intereach, is delighted to announce celebrations for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) in 2023.

In early December, Greater Shepparton will come alive with a series of events, each contributing to the overarching goal of nurturing inclusivity and acknowledging the remarkable achievements of individuals with disabilities.

  • Monday 4 December 2023 – be inspired, entertained, and educated by the music of Gerry’s Well Oiled Machine.  Gerry’s Well Oiled Machine comprises of people with neurodiverse and physical disabilities, all of who are accomplished, award-winning songwriters and musicians.  Two performances are scheduled, the first commencing at 1.00pm and the second at 2.30pm. Both performances will be held at the Shepparton Senior Citizens Centre.  Tickets at a cost of $5.00 per person MUST be purchased prior to the event via Riverlinks website or by telephone 5832 9511Note – tickets are not available for purchase at the event. For more information about the concerts, please visit the Riverlinks website 
  • Wednesday 6 December 2023 - be part of an inclusive, immersive artistic experience designed for individuals with intellectual, sensory, and physical disabilities at the Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). Participants of the Art for All Day will be guided through three workshops of engaging art activities, creative expression and exploration by SAM art educators and local artist Kody Bothwell. Places must be reserved prior to the attendance.  To reserve your place in one of the three workshops, please visit the SAM website.
  • Thursday 7 December 2023 – come along and boost your confidence in accessing the public transport system. In partnership with Public Transport Victoria, Council will host a Try Before You Ride event at the Shepparton Railway Station from 11.00am to 1.00pm.  Attendees will have the opportunity to experience and access different transport options in a relaxed and supportive environment.  For further information regarding the Try Before You Ride event, contact Council’s Access and Inclusion Officer via telephone 5832 9700 or email

Mayor, Councillor Shane Sali, said Council was pleased to work with local partners to deliver three events in the region for International Day of People with Disability.

“We take great pride in hosting three events this year, and I encourage members of our community to participate,” he said.

“We are fortunate to have members of our community working hard to remove barriers in the community while promoting access and inclusion. Each year, our celebrations for International Day of People with Disability grow, and this year promises to be no exception.”

 Cr Ben Ladson, Council’s representative on the Greater Shepparton Disability Advisory Committee encourages people with disabilities, their families and carers to be part of this year’s IDPwD activities.  “The Greater Shepparton Disability Advisory Committee looks forward to seeing community members at the various 2023 IDPwD activities.  With music, art and education on offer over the three events, there is something for everyone to come along, enjoy and participate in,” Cr Ladson said.

The Greater Shepparton Universal Action Plan (UAIP) outlines Council’s commitment to champion the lives, talents, and achievements of individuals with disabilities, break down and challenge misconceptions, and encourage inclusive attitudes and behaviours in our community.

For more information about the International Day of People with Disability events, please visit the events page on Greater Shepparton City Council’s website.


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