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Joe Chivers From Granton

by Stephanie Williams
Joe Chivers From Granton

A man of many sporting talents, Joe Chivers loves a chat as much as he loves chocolate mud cake.

What do you love about the suburb you live in?

I live in Granton. I love living here due to the quiet nature of the suburb and how safe it is. Our neighbours are super friendly and are always happy to help.

What’s the best thing about Hobart?

The people. I love chatting to anyone and everyone I meet. The majority of people have such a great attitude here.

And the worst?

The worst part would have to be the heritage building regulations. As a person living with physical disability, it is extremely difficult to navigate some parts of Hobart. There are a number of venues and events I can’t attend due to ridiculous, outdated policies surrounding heritage buildings and altering them to accommodate disabled facilities.

Tell us a little about your work?

I work for the ParaQuad Association of Tasmania in Glenorchy. We are a not for profit organisation. I facilitate our wheelchair sports in schools program. We take wheelchairs and equipment into schools all over Tasmania to give students and staff an opportunity to experience life in a wheelchair and learn better spinal health and about the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on our decision making processes.

Where’s your favourite eatery?

My favourite spot to grab a bite would have to be St. Albi Bar & Eatery in Moonah. Their food is amazing, great atmosphere, super friendly staff and a really top location.

Drink of choice and where do you head for it?

I am a coffee fan myself. I don’t drink a lot of alcohol. Shake a Leg Junior in Moonah is my go to for a cuppa.

Guilty pleasure?

My guilty pleasure is a nice big piece of chocolate mud cake. Crisp N’ Sweet in the Claremont Village make phenomenal cakes and treats.

What do you never leave home without?

I never leave home without a notepad and pen. Regardless of where I am going or what I am doing, I need to have an outlet to get things down on paper. Whether it be a quick to do list or jotting down ideas for an artistic project, it’s great to have that ready to roll. I also can’t leave home without my wheelchair, haha.

When there’s nothing to do, you . . .

My partner and I head out and find geocaches. Geocaching is an outdoor activity, in which participants use a mobile device and app to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Hobart has heaps.

Favourite Hobart secret?

Hobart’s street art scene is slowly taking off. There are a number of alleyways and nooks that now display amazing artworks. The Mobius Strip is particularly awesome.

What do you love doing outside work?

I love to play sport, particularly a new sport called Wheelchair Aussie Rules. It was adapted right here in Tasmania and is now played in five states across Australia. I play in the VWFL for Hawthorn. I travel over fortnightly to play games in Victoria. ParaQuad Tas has also just started a social competition on Thursday nights at the Glenorchy YMCA 6pm-8pm. Everyone is welcome. ■

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