Dis­abled fish­ing group can­cels Esper­ance event

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - John Ely

A sup­port ser­vice to help peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties ex­pe­ri­ence the joys of fish­ing has been forced to can­cel its Esper­ance event.

But the group is hop­ing to reel in a lo­cal fish­ing en­thu­si­ast to as­sist with reg­u­lar events in the re­gion in the near fu­ture.

Fisha­bil­ity is a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion with the aims of rep­re­sent­ing the in­ter­ests of fish­ers liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties and as­sist­ing peo­ple in need of sup­port to en­joy fish­ing.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion was sched­uled to hold an event in Esper­ance on March 13 as part of its Statewide Fisha­bil­ity Day, but ex­ec­u­tive Di Bruce said they were forced to can­cel the event.

Mrs Bruce said Fisha­bil­ity based the de­ci­sion on or­gan­i­sa­tional re­sources in Esper­ance be­ing tied up with deal­ing with the fires and a lack of boots on the ground to en­sure dis­abled ac­cess to jetty ar­eas.

“We have de­cided to re­move Esper­ance from the list this year, but we will cer­tainly re­visit it next year,” she said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate a lot of the com­mu­nity’s time and ef­fort this year is go­ing to the bush­fire ap­peal and we cer­tainly ap­pre­ci­ate that and don’t want to im­pact on the com­mu­nity.”

But while the Esper­ance event is the one that got away for the orga- ni­sa­tion, Mrs Bruce said Fisha­bil­ity was hop­ing to find a lo­cal fish­ing en­thu­si­ast who could help run weekly events.

She en­cour­aged any­one in­ter­ested to con­tact her via the Fisha­bil­ity web­site.

More gen­er­ally, Mrs Bruce said Fisha­bil­ity hoped to help peo­ple across WA who needed sup­port.

“It could be those with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties or those with phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties, those that are so­cially iso­lated, peo­ple with men­tal health is­sues,” she said.

“We are there to pro­vide that sup­port for peo­ple to go fish­ing, to so­cially in­ter­act, be phys­i­cally ac­tive and learn about our en­vi­ron­ment.”

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