The sites and sounds of Seymour were shown off to some special guests last week, as a group of 14 blind and visually impaired people from Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula, Mt Eliza and Melbourne were taken on an audio tour of the town.
Guided by Christine Lewis, from the Seymour Information Centre, the 14 members of Blind Alliance — a blindness advocacy organisation — enjoyed lunch at the Royal Hotel before visiting the old court house, the Vietnam veterans commemorative walk and other historic precincts.
Organiser Valerie Lynch said they chose to visit Seymour because of the convenient train ride from Melbourne, during which some of the group with sight could enjoy the ‘‘picturesque and enjoyable countryside through undulating, historic countryside’’.
‘‘These outings help maintain independence, practise self-mobility and orientation, as well as giving the chance to explore and learn more about this wonderful country we live in,’’ she said.
‘‘It also gives confidence for those new to vision impairment to mix socially with others experiencing similar situations.’
‘‘I just like Seymour — there’s a lot of history, and I’m hoping to do something around here and with Puckapunyal and Nagambie in the future.’’
Group member Colin Watson, who lives in Barwon Heads, said he was looking forward to getting to know Seymour better.
‘‘We like to do day trips and overnight trips every now and then to get out and about to experience the wider world,’’ he said.
‘‘I haven’t been to Seymour for about 30 years ... and being blind, I jumped at the idea of going somewhere I could see more.”