Community Highlight – Access Recreation
Get to know your community
This week we sat down with Cirsty Murphy from Access Recreation to find out about the critical service provided by the disability support organisation in Bundaberg. Get to know your community - Access Recreation is a not-for-profit organisation, offering support to people with a disability aged from 7-65 years. They strive to improve the quality of life for all people with a disability, they provide support ranging from plan management, short term accommodation, assistance with daily living, community access support and activities plus more services added as the organisation grows. Learn More here.
1. Tell us how you came to be in business in Bundaberg? Are you a local? If not, how did you decide to live here?
Access Recreation was born in Bundaberg on the 14th June 2021 opening its doors to provide disability supports to the Bundaberg Region. Access Recreation has been providing disability supports in Rockhampton and decided to extend their services to the Bundaberg Region. Service Manager Cirsty Murphy is a Bundaberg Local with over 12 years’ experience in the disability sector.
2. What do you enjoy the most about your work in Bundaberg?
I love the collaborate approach and the many networking opportunities Bundaberg brings. I love to meet new people in the community and Bundaberg has a lot to offer. I love how hands on our council is in supporting events.
3. How do you feel you are contributing to your area/industry in the region?
My Goal has always been to provide quality care and support that allows people to understand their abilities, not just their disabilities. To be able to empower each individual to live the best life they possibly can. Regardless of ability anyone can do anything, and my passion is to show people what they are capable of and help achieve dreams they never thought possible. I work hard in the community with many other organisations who share the same passions. Being a part of something to bring a positive change to our community.
4. What are your hobbies or interests? Music, Sport, Craft?
I love reading! You will find me in the summer pool or beach side with a good book!
5. Where is your favourite place in the Wide Bay region? Why?
Bargara , I love the beach it is truly a beautiful part of our world Bargara Beach.
6. What is something we may not know about you? Any hidden talents?
I spent the first 5 years of my life in the UK in a little village in Queensbury before we moved to Australia. The first place we settled to was Booyal.
7. What would you like to see change in Bundaberg in the future?
An all abilities park in which everyone can access safely. It is important that families are able to access a safe place for their children to play and explore. There are some amazing all abilities parks in other regions and I know the Bundaberg Council is actively seeking community involvement in such a project.
8. If you could have one wish for the region what would it be?
To be a fully accessible community for all abilities and ages to come