Bruce Munro Tropical Light

Alex McInnes, living with a disability

Alex McInnes is 26-years-old and has learning difficulties. Born and bred in Darwin, he lives with his mum, dad and two younger brothers. He also has an older sister. Alex has been working for the Chief Minister’s office for more than three years and loves his job as a courier. He is currently working on improving his computer skills and teaches sign language in his free time on Saturday mornings. He is proud to be one of our Tropical Light Ambassadors.

What do you love most about living in Darwin ?
I love the different markets that we have up here and the diversity of cultures. On the weekends I go to family get-togethers and play baseball. I also teach sign language on Saturday mornings. I like to do things with my friends like go to the movies, and the park and out to lunch. Oh, and parties. I go to lots of parties. Darwin is okay to explore as someone with a disability. The only hard thing is getting to things that happen late at night because transport doesn’t run very regularly late at night. But most of the time Darwin is easy to negotiate for people who have a disability.

What is the best thing about the wet season in Darwin?
The best things about the wet season is you can hear the wonderful green tree frogs croaking. The massive storms and cyclones that we get here are amazing, too.

What is the thing you can only do in Darwin in the wet season?
Going to different water holes because some of them are closed in the dry season.  

What are you looking forward to seeing in the Tropical Light: Bruce Munro exhibition?
I like fishing at the beach. Not on boats as I get sick. So, the Telegraph Rose [installation] sounds cool. It’s got lots of fishing rods that will be lit up.

What has been your best Darwin experience in the past few months?
Going to Bass in the Grass music festival was great. They had lots of different acts, it was an easy venue to get to and it felt safe and well monitored while the event was on. I also performed on the community stage, singing songs with the local choir and showcasing my sign language skills, for the Darwin Festival this year. I like how everyone gets opportunities here. It’s good to be a community advocate person and show the community what people with disabilities can do.

What is the most important factor you want potential visitors to know about Darwin? 
Darwin is a very easy going place. Most things are only about five or ten minutes apart from each other and it is a very friendly city to live in. 

How do you benefit from sharing your experiences of Darwin? 
I have lived here my whole life and like that everything is not that far apart from each other. I have all my family and friends and work up here that I absolutely enjoy doing every day. So I encourage other people to come to the Northern Territory and Darwin for a great experience. There are a lot of amazing things to do even though we live in a small city.