Re­cy­cling floats the dis­abled boat

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

IN­NO­VA­TION and re­cy­cling from the Moama com­mu­nity have co­a­lesced for a game-chang­ing new fa­cil­ity that brings kayak­ing to peo­ple with lim­ited mo­bil­ity.

And you can cel­e­brate it at the Ed­ward River Bridge pic­nic area near Math­oura for In­ter­na­tional Day for Peo­ple with a Dis­abil­ity.

Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice area man­ager Tim O’Kelly said the kayak launcher was a first for NSW — even the deck­ing is made from shop­ping bags and other plas­tics re­cy­cled by the Moama com­mu­nity.

“The wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble kayak idea came from a lo­cal tour op­er­a­tor in­di­cat­ing a need for a safe launch spot on the Ed­ward for peo­ple with lim­ited mo­bil­ity,’’ he said.

“With help from a $60,000 grant from Trans­port for NSW, the Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Ser­vice had the fa­cil­ity en­gi­neered to in­cor­po­rate re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als sourced lo­cally.

“So now we have an in­no­va­tive fa­cil­ity help­ing peo­ple en­joy the en­vi­ron­ment, par­tially con­structed of ma­te­ri­als that also help the en­vi­ron­ment, what a win-win.

“This fa­cil­ity is a great ex­am­ple of in­no­va­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion mak­ing safe vis­i­tor ex­pe­ri­ences; and a fab­u­lous way to demon­strate what can be done with prod­ucts you re­cy­cle.’’

The com­mu­nity is in­vited to try it all out on Mon­day from 11am to 2pm. A free bar­be­cue lunch will be pro­vided and kayaks will be avail­able. IF YOU’RE look­ing for a dog that will love you un­con­di­tion­ally, then look no fur­ther than Rozer, who is very play­ful, af­fec­tion­ate and loves a good pat.

While he hasn’t fully un­der­stood the con­cept of catch, if you’re an out­doorsy fam­ily who’s will­ing to spend some time teach­ing Rozer the ba­sics, he’ll pick it up in no time.

And that might be be­cause at six months old, Rozer is still a pup.

The Stafford­shire Bull Ter­rier mixed Bull­mas­tiff is an en­er­getic young lad with so much love to give.

He will need an owner who can give him twice daily walks and runs and in­clude him in their daily ac­tiv­i­ties.

Rozer still has some dog­gie man­ners to learn and will need to at­tend obe­di­ence train­ing to help him ma­ture into a lovely adult dog.

The de­sexed male’s new home will need six foot se­cure fences where he can have plenty to do to avoid be­com­ing bored and de­struc­tive.

Rozer will make a loyal com­pan­ion for any sized fam­ily. He is avail­able for $355.

If you would like to meet Rozer or any of the other dogs avail­able, head to cam­pas­pean­i­maleshel­ or call 5480 3005.

Rhys Les­lie/OEH

ALL SET: A man tries out the new wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble kayak launcher near Math­oura.Photo:

I COULD BE YOURS: Rozer is look­ing for a new home to call his own.

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