Youth co-ordinator Pam Burley and Grace Ompoc take a break from the activities at WIRAC.
Youth co-ordinator Pam Burley and Grace Ompoc take a break from the activities at WIRAC. Emma Channon

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IN THE warm sunshine outside WIRAC, a large circle of school students shriek with delight as they play duck-duck-goose.

In the background is the tantalising smell of cooked sausages, while country music group the Hillbillies and Fillies entertain spectators.

Inside the Warwick Indoor and Recreational Aquatic Centre, the basketball courts hum as visitors stroll between stalls, talking with one another.

All this was part of disability action week, which Southern Downs Regional Council community development officer Pam Burley said focused on each person's abilities.

"The idea is bringing the community organisations and services together - it's about inclusion," she said.

Southern Downs mayor Ron Bellingham and State MP for Sport and Child Safety Phil Reeves got a taste of what life would be with a disability, taking part in various games either in a wheelchair or wearing a blindfold.

"They acknowledged how challenging it was, but they really enjoyed the experience," Ms Burley said.

There will also be a disco tonight for Disability Action Week, where all are invited.

The disco will be at St Mary's Hall from 6.30pm and entry is by gold coin.



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