New projections make New Year’s Eve for everyone

The 2015 Sydney New Year’s Eve bridge projections will feature an Auslan interpreter signing on both east and west sides of the pylons for the first time.

Complementing the creative projections on the bridge pylons, the Auslan interpreter will sign ‘Welcome to Sydney’ and the ‘City of Colour’ logo in the official sign language of Australia’s Deaf Community.

A live audio description broadcast will also be available and four new accessible vantage points will help make this year’s event the most inclusive yet.

“This year’s theme is ‘City of Colour’ – it’s a celebration of the unique, diverse and inclusive beauty of Sydney – and we want everyone to enjoy the show,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Our research shows almost 70 per cent of people with disability who attended last year’s New Year’s Eve on the harbour did so because there were accessible vantage points and services on offer.

“Now we are taking things to the next level ensuring key elements of the celebrations are accessible too.” Sydney New Year’s Eve accessible vantage points cater for people with disability, their family, friends and carers.

Each site caters for a range of accessibility requirements – sensory, neurological, psychological and cognitive and learning disabilities.

Family-friendly vantage points include Pirrama Park in Pyrmont. The park has an accessible spinner designed to accommodate three wheelchairs as well as several other children – so kids can have fun in the build up to the celebrations.

Accessible vantage points are: Barangaroo, Bradleys Head, Cahill Expressway, Goat Island, Mary Booth Reserve, Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Nielsen Park, Pirrama Park and the Sydney Opera House.

More information on the accessible vantage points and services is available at sydneynewyearseve.com

The website also features maps showing the most accessible routes to some vantage points, accessible public toilets, transport information and other points of interest.

A live audio description of the night’s celebrations will be broadcast from 8.30pm on 100.5 2RPH digital and online at 2rph.org.au

For those staying at home, live closed captions will be available on ABC1’s broadcast of the celebrations, while the soundtrack to the 9pm family fireworks and the midnight fireworks will be simultaneously broadcast on 104.1 2DayFM.

The City of Sydney prides itself on ensuring Sydney’s New Year’s Eve is a safe, inclusive, free and enjoyable event for all.

For more information on the City’s accessibility services on the night and to book, contact: [email protected]gov.au or phone 02 9265 9325.

For media inquiries or images, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Liz Stephens 02 9265 9106 or email [email protected]

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Paul Mackay on 02 9265 9612 or email [email protected]