DSR calls for com­ment on FIFO sports at­ten­dance

Pilbara News - - News - Pe­ter de Krui­jff

■ “Fit in, or **** off ” is a pop­u­lar Pil­bara slo­gan found on stubby hold­ers, and the Depart­ment of Sports and Recre­ation has ex­plored the first half by look­ing into the im­pact fly-in fly-out work­ers have on coun­try sports clubs.

The depart­ment is host­ing a fo­rum on Oc­to­ber 27 to share the find­ings from its Part­ners and Fam­ily Mem­bers Sur­vey with the pub­lic.

DSR South West re­gional man­ager Troy Jones said they were keen to hear per­sonal sto­ries from those who wanted to be in­volved in com­mu­nity sports but faced time con­straints be­cause of work.

“From a club per­spec­tive, hav­ing a lot of FIFO mem­bers means par­tic­i­pant and vol­un­teer num­bers can fluc­tu­ate. Some clubs have re­ported hav­ing as many as 20 mem­bers un­avail­able each week, which can cause a range of dif­fi­cul­ties,” he said.

“We hope the peo­ple who join us at this fo­rum are will­ing to share some of the ways they are over­com­ing th­ese prob­lems so other peo­ple can ben­e­fit from their ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The FIFO Life fo­rum will be at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex on Oc­to­ber 27 from 6.30pm to 9pm.

At­ten­dance is by RSVP only, which can be done by con­tact­ing Amanda Hoh­neck at amanda.hoh neck@dsr.wa.gov.au by Oc­to­ber 21.

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