Lighting up Newcastle to celebrate 20 years of support for disability

Celelbrating International Day of People with Disability

Published 25.11.16


Have you noticed Newcastle Harbour looking a little brighter in the evenings lately?

The iconic Newcastle Grain Silos in Carrington have been strikingly transformed into towers of blue and orange, reflecting the colours of equality and accessibility, harmony and diversity out onto the evening harbour.

A collaboration between local not-for-profit disability service provider LeapFrog ability and GrainCorp, the Silos will be lit up each night until December 3, the International Day of People with Disability sanctioned by the United Nations and celebrated around the world.

The Day is aimed at challenging myths, improving awareness and positive action to promote inclusion and accessibility for people with disability.

The Hunter has a long history of support and inclusion for people with disability, and what better way to recognise that than by lighting up the Carrington Grain Silos, an icon of our long industrial heritage”, LeapFrog CEO Anthony Mitchell said.

This year’s celebrations for IDPwD coincides with the launch of LeapFrog’s own 20 year anniversary and kicks off a year-long program of staff and community celebrations in support of people with disability across the Hunter.

“This is our way of recognising and thanking the Hunter community for joining us on this journey over the last twenty years since LeapFrog began operations”, Mr Mitchell said.

They will join other iconic structures around Australia having previously taken part in the “Lights Up!” program, including Sydney Town Hall, the Story Bridge in Brisbane and Melbourne’s Federation Square.

The Silos are visible from the Honeysuckle precinct on Newcastle Harbour and will be lit each night from November 25 to December 3.