Group of people in colourful shirts laughing together. First person is a woman in a purple shirt in a wheelchair. Second person in a green shirt standing over the 3rd person. Third person in the middle of the frame in a red shirt. Fourth person in a yellow shirt wearing glasses. Fifth person in a blue shirt.


What is ShireABILITY?

ShireABILITY was created in 2019 as a Working Group to focus on ability and inclusion across the Sutherland Shire. Originally it marked International Day of People with a Disability which is held yearly on 3 December (idpwd.com.au). It's now evolved to provide opportunities for the community to connect and celebrate throughout the year.

Previous ShireABILITY Initiatives

Vibefest - Brought to you by ShireABILITY

Vibefest was created for Youth Week 2023, in collaboration with Council's Youth Reference Group, as an opportunity for young people of all abilities to come together and dance the night away. Vibefest featured a DJ, photobooth and sensory room for attendees to enjoy for free.

ShireABILITY Art Award

ShireABILITY was proud to present the ShireABILITY Art Award 2022 as part of International Day of People with Disability on December 3rd. We were proud to exhibit artworks from people living with a disability at Hazelhurst Art Centre from the 25th of November 2022 to 11th of December 2022.

The winners of the 2022 ShireABILITY Art Award:

- Open Award Winner Kristy Lovegrove North Cronulla Pool. Listen to Kristy's interview with Art in Focus on 2SSR

Open Award Highly Commended The Disability Trust Miranda Art Group  (Patricia Bekiaris, Natasha Clark, Tahlee Grant, Tyne Miller, Rachel O'Hanlon, Tracey Pearson, Luke Shumacher, William Tao, Therese Watson and Bronwyn Wills) Outback Dreams

Young People's Award Winner Arabella Johnson My Eye For The Future

Young People's Award Highly Commended Lachlan Brodala Fire Dragon Monster Truck

People's Choice Award Julie Hayes Shine Bright

Proudly supported by Miranda RSL Diggers and Southgate.

The ShireABILITY Art Award will be returning in 2024 on a biannual basis.

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ShireABILITY Family Fun Day

Held over several years, ShireABILITY Family Fun Day aims to bring together people of all abilities to enjoy a fun afternoon of actitivies and celebrations. The event also aims to raise awareness of people with a disability and connect the community. Several local service providers collaborated with Council to provide afternoons of fun and games for all ages.

ShireABILITY Film Festival


The ShireABILITY Film Festival allowed residents the opportunity to share their stories through a short film that focussed on ability and inclusion. Watch some of our previous winners and entrants share their stories below.

2022 ShrieABILITY Film Festival Finalists

2021 ShireABILITY Film Festival Entries

2020 ShireABILITY Film Festival Entries

2019 ShireABILITY Film Festival Entries