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Accessibility Statement

Parks Victoria is committed to ensuring that its online information and experiences are accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of ability, technology or platforms.

Web Standards 

Every effort has been made to ensure that this website reaches AA standard accessibility and most AA accessibility criteria according to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Please contact us if you have any problems accessing information on this site.

Exceptions

While accessibility is a major priority for us, we cannot control the accessibility of online content outside of our domain – including any websites/content linked from our pages.

We recognise that some of our content is not as accessible as it could be. Meeting accessibility guidelines is an ongoing process and we will continue to work toward improving accessibility.

Video 

All videos shown on this website are shown via Youtube. Closed captions are provided for all videos which have spoken words. Watch videos via the
Youtube channel http://youtube.com/parksvictoria to enable closed captions.

PDFs

Some material on our website is provided in Portable Document Format (PDF). To view or print a PDF you will need to have a PDF reader installed. Free programs are available to read PDFs.

We understand that some users may still find accessing PDF files difficult and havetaken steps to ensure that alternative formats are available wherever possible. However some older PDFs, those containing complex statistics and data tables and those scanned from older documents produced before there were digital files – cannot be made fully accessible.

Accessibility help - contact us

Our website is composed of the work of many different authors. While we aim to meet the accessibility guidelines and strive to seek solutions to ensure all areas of the website meet the highest accessibility level possible, difficulties may be encountered.

If you experience any accessibility or usability issue while using our website please contact us.

Accessibility Tips

Changing text appearance

All pages on this website include icons to allow the text size to be changed quickly and easily. Change the font size by selecting the big A+ or little A- at the top-right of the screen.

Document text size:

Use the Zoom feature in the toolbar to change the text size of Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe PDF documents.

Changing colour and fonts

PC users can override website colour and font page styles by modifying browser settings:

  • With Internet Explorer, from the Tools menu, select 'Internet Options'. Within Internet Options, select the 'General' tab and click 'Accessibility'. This gives a page of menu options from which you can tick a box to ignore the predefined page style.
  • Return to the Internet Options menu, and select your own colours and fonts.

Mac users can override website colour and font page styles by modifying browser setting.

  • With Internet Explorer, from the top menu bar, select 'Preferences'. Within the Web Browser section, select 'Web content' and uncheck the 'Show style sheets' tick box.
  • Select 'Language/fonts' and choose the preferred text size from the font options. 

Portable document format (PDF)

There are some PDFs on this website. PDF is a universal file format by Adobe. It retains all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image. The PDF can be viewed, navigated, forwarded to others, or printed exactly as it appears on screen, using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software.

Opening a PDF

If you are experiencing problems opening a download file (such as a PDF or Word file), try saving it to your computer before opening:

  • right-click on the link to display the shortcut menu (or Control+Click on a Mac)
  • select ‘Save Target As’ from menu (or 'Download link to disk' on a Mac)
  • browse to the directory where you want to save the file
  • select ‘Save’
  • navigate to where you have saved the file and double-click to open.

Listening to information in PDFs

Some PDFs on this website can be automatically read out loud. First, you need sound on your computer and a recent version of Adobe Reader; it’s free. Then:

  • open the PDF document
  • save it to your computer
  • on the top toolbar find the ‘view’ menu - open it
  • select ‘activate read out loud’.

Converting a PDF to text

A conversion service offered by Adobe that will convert Adobe PDF files to text .

Other file types

Microsoft Word

Document links indicated by .doc will open using the word processing package you have on your computer.

If you don't have Word, you can open and view Word documents within your browser using the free Microsoft Word Viewer.

Microsoft Excel

Document links indicated by .xls will open only if you have Excel installed. With the free Excel Viewer you can open, view, and print Excel based information, even if you don't have Excel installed. You can also copy data from the Excel Viewer to another program.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Presentation links indicated by .ppt will open as a slideshow only if you have PowerPoint installed.

If you don't have Microsoft PowerPoint you can use a free PowerPoint Viewer.



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Summer No Frills Friday

30 Jan 2015 7:00pm-8:30pm

Fun, low key Mountain Bike racing suitable for beginner racers and juniors (13yrs and over)

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Westerfolds parkrun

31 Jan 2015 8:00am-9:00am

parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families, prams and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the…

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Gazebo 3hr MTB Enduro

6 Feb 2015 7:00pm-11:00pm

Fun, low key Mountain Bike racing suitable for all MTB racers and and special 1 & 2hr events for juniors (12yrs and over). Lights are mandatory for the 2hr & 3hr events.

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Summer grafting and fruit-tasting day

15 Feb 2015 10:00am-3:00pm

Tour the heritage orchard at Werribee Park, and see how it has improved since its state of neglect five years ago. Watch tree-grafting demonstrations Buy heritage fruit trees Talk to experts in gardening and fruit growing Eat, drink and be merry – the CWA will be preparing food and drinks…