Fishability (formerly Fishers with Disabilities Association Inc.) has expanded into Geraldton! Fishability is a West Australian not for profit community group which provides regular recreational fishing opportunities for children and adults living with disabilities. Over the years, the organisation has grown and expanded its reach to include any members in the community requiring support to go fishing.
Disability service providers, aged care facilities; education support centres; participants with mental health issues and socially isolated members of our community all benefit from the recreational fishing activities. Fishability has now expanded its programs to Geraldton and secured local resident Peter Stratford to oversee the regular ongoing program. Peter has years of recreational fishing experience having performed his role as Volunteer Fishing Liaison Officer with the Department of Fisheries for many years in Geraldton.
The introduction of Fishability will ensure a sustainable and regular program of activities in Geraldton, catering to children and adults in the community requiring support to experience the joy of fishing. The ongoing activities are supported by Fishability volunteers and are delivered at no cost to the participant. The Fishability program was launched in Geraldton last month at the Batavia Museum Boardwalk. Premier Colin Barnett was there to wet a line alongside students from Nagle Catholic College and John Willcock College. To hear what the Premier had to say click here.
With the ongoing support from Department of Fisheries and Recfishwest, through the Recreational Fishing Initiative Fund, Fishability has been able to design and manufacture a purpose-built trailer and equip it with the fishing and safety gear required to deliver an effective, safe and welcoming program to the Geraldton community. The Geraldton Fishability team will ensure everybody has the opportunity to experience fishing with the support from volunteers, family and friends. With the modified equipment Fishability can offer participants, every person can enjoy the right to fish, regardless of age, disability or experience.
For more on Fishability click here.