Fishers with Disabilities hit the water in Mandurah

December 2nd 2014 Media Release

fishers with disabilities with Andrew CEO Nov 2014

Fishers with Disabilities hit the water in Mandurah

A new purpose built Fishers with Disabilities vessel will be launched today in Mandurah, with all on board having one thing in common – they all love their fishing.

The Mistral, a 15 metre boat fitted with all the safety equipment required to make fishing more enjoyable for people with disabilities, will sail on its maiden voyage with fishers on board ready to hone their skills and catch some fish.

In 2014, Tim Donkin, General Manager and Greg Hancock, Commodore of the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club jumped at the opportunity to provide for those living with disabilities in the Peel community. Without hesitation, the fishing club identified the ‘Mistral’, a former fishing boat suitable to meet the needs of Fishers with Disabilities.

“Our Club is proud to be able to assist Fishers with Disabilities achieve their aims by providing the ability for these community members to access a boat that is suited to wheel chairs” Mr Donkin said.

Financial support to modify the boat was secured by Fishers with Disabilities from partner Recfishwest through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund. Provision for wheelchair access was adapted to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all fishers that board the boat.

Executive Officer of Fishers with Disabilities, Di Bruce said the Perth metropolitan programme had lead the organisation to expand its operations to provide our programs to children and adults living with disabilities in Mandurah.
“With emphasis on participation and ability rather than disability, Fishers with Disabilities wanted to ensure everybody had the opportunity to experience fishing with the support from volunteers, family and friends” Mrs Bruce said.

Dr Andrew Rowland, Chief Executive Officer of Recfishwest praised Fishers with Disabilities and the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club in delivering outcomes that provide improved fishing for such an important sector of the community.

“This is a fantastic initiative whereby recreational fishing licence money is being used to deliver more accessible and enjoyable fishing to the Mandurah region” Dr Rowland said.

The Fishers with Disabilities Mandurah program has been a resounding success thanks to the strong partnerships established with Recfishwest and the Mandurah Offshore Fishing and Sailing Club.

“In fishing, every effort is rewarded with a smile and every journey is more momentous than any victory”
For all media enquiries, please contact:
Di Bruce, Executive Officer
Fishers with Disabilities Association Incorporated
PO Box 200 Woodvale WA 6026
M: 0424 417 073 E: di.cherylbruce@fish.wa.gov.au