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Natalie Clark
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A series of stories showing rare insight into vibrant, inclusive coastal communities in Pambula, Sydney and Newcastle, and how they are creating opportunities for people with disability to embrace and immerse themselves in our unique, beautiful and, at times, unpredictable coastline

 

The Shoreline Project is a series of clips showing rare insight into vibrant, inclusive coastal communities in Pambula, Sydney and Newcastle and how they are creating opportunities for people with disability to embrace and immerse themselves in our unique, beautiful and, at times, unpredictable coastline.

The Able Movement is thrilled to bring you the Shoreline Project, supported by Surf Life Saving New South Wales in partnership with Taste Creative and Bus Stop Films to provide insight into the remarkable determination, ingenuity and commitment it takes to make these programs possible.

Shoreline provides a personal point of view into the broad and diverse landscape of activity that is occurring up and down our coast to create access to the beach in the build up to the release of a short documentary created by Taste Creative, which captures a journey from Pambula to Sydney to Newcastle and the impact of the programs on the communities along the way. The Shoreline clips have been brought together with assistance of many, with emerging filmmaker Tish Pereis, editor Jenny Kapp and The Able Movement team.

Tish never thought the words disability and Tish would be used in the same sentence, given that her only experience with people with disability was on “D-Day” (International Day of People with a Disability) while at school. That was until 1994 when she was seriously injured in a car accident in Sri Lanka. After spending nearly two years in rehab and then at home, she had to really push herself to get out of the house, which was absolutely terrifying. She then completed two Masters in Journalism at UTS and International Law at Sydney University and included disability rights and visual storytelling to her studies and has been able to dispel many myths about severe brain injury.

Filmmaking is a fascinating medium to share stories and views about all kinds of people. She hopes the Shoreline Project will provide snapshots of the great work and kindness of so many Australians with and without disability and the wonderful “fair go” equality of the beach and surf.

Surf Life Saving is an inclusive and uniquely Australian movement, which offers people young and old the opportunity to make a difference, make friends and maybe save a life. Volunteers and surf clubs are working on many programs to provide opportunities and innovative ways to make our coasts inclusive for all.

Taste Creative is on a mission to help people tell authentic stories, and help those who are marginalised be included. Not long after they started, Taste began supporting Bus Stop Films by providing professional experience and employment for people with disability on professional creative projects.

The documentary is about inclusive communities from Pambula, Sydney and Newcastle, capturing the communities of the Shoreline stories that provide incredible opportunities for people with disability. The documentary will be released later this year and in the meantime you get to enjoy personal stories from these coastal communities where people are making great things happen. We are very pleased to showcase this project with the support of Surf Life Saving New South Wales, Taste and Bus Stop Films.

First, in a blast of short captivating clips about the people who make these programs happen that enable people with disability, their family and friends, to enjoy and engage with our coast, is Fluro Friday a dynamic initiative started by Sam Schumacher, cofounder of One Wave, to raise awareness about mental health issues as part of his love and passion for the surf and ocean. It is all about the surf, people sharing their experiences and lots of fluro colour!

Do you have a story about how you or a loved one overcame obstacles to enjoy our beautiful and dynamic coast? Do you live with, care for or work and play with someone living with a disability? Your story is important and we would love to share it - email us or send your clip to Tell Your Story.

 



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