Disabled fishing group cancels Esperance event
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.”