New van to drive Fishability forward to help get more people fishing

Packing the car to the brim with fishing gear before setting out on a fishing adventure can often prove more difficult than actually catching a fish.

Bicton MLA Lisa O’Malley and Fisheries Minister Tinley hand the new van’s keys to Fishability’s Steve Jones and Mike Donnelly. Picture: Recfishwest

For the crew at Fishability, transporting the many specialised rods and reels needed for their south metro events has been no easy feat. However, it’s an issue they no longer have to worry about.

This morning, Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland joined Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley at Point Walter as Fishability Chairman Mike Donnelly and Executive Officer Mike McMullen were given the keys to the organisation’s new van.

“The van will help Fishability’s volunteers get to and from the various jetties from Rockingham to Coogee, Point Walter, Mount Henry Bridge and Fremantle where their volunteers hold fishing clinics,” Dr Rowland said.

“It will play an important role in helping Fishability promote inclusive participation in recreational fishing.

“Having a disability shouldn’t be a restriction to enjoying fun fishing experiences and all the health and well-being benefits fishing provides.”

Fishability was founded 20 years ago and now operates across Perth, Mandurah, Busselton, Albany and Geraldton, with plans to extend the program to Bunbury.

Fishability’s new van has plenty of storage to transport the organisation’s many rods and reels!

Minister Tinley said the handover of the van was a prime example of how licence fees could be used through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund.

“The purchase and fit-out of the van is a $46,000 investment, which is going to make the task of setting up activities and packing up afterwards a lot easier for Fishability volunteers,” he said.

Dr Rowland applauded the Fishability team for everything they do to help more people access and enjoy WA’s amazing fishing

“Fishability is a terrific organisation which does wonderful work, assisting children and adults with the support required to get out and about to wet a line and catch a fish,” he said.

“I hope the new van serves Fishability well and I look forward to hearing about all the fish caught at the upcoming events.”


Continue Reading

July 02, 2024

Check out the stunning marine life brimming around the artificial reefs off Mandurah and Perth!

Check this out, metro fishers – large schools of fish being spotted on our Perth “Fish Towers” and Mandurah artificial reefs picked up by our latest scientific monitoring using baited underwater cameras…

Read More

June 26, 2024

King of the Reef crown and $15k up for grabs in Exmouth Fishing for Science comp!

To celebrate the spectacular fishing on offer at Exmouth’s King Reef, Recfishwest is teaming up with Woodside Energy and the Exmouth Game Fishing Club to deliver the ’King of the Reef’ Fishing for Science…

Read More

June 18, 2024

Senior Police Sergeant says fishing safety angel ring saved man’s life at Quobba

A Carnarvon senior police officer at the centre of a risky rescue of a fisher washed off the rocks on our Mid-West coastline said the man would not be alive had he not been kept afloat by an angel ring –…

Read More

June 07, 2024

Gascoyne’s spectacular fishing on full display at Carnar-Fin Fishing Competition!

Hundreds of local community members and more than 250 fishers flocked to Carnarvon to experience the highly anticipated Carnar-Fin Fishing Competition.  Since its inception in 1992, Carnar-Fin has become an annual…

Read More

May 31, 2024

Get your marine park submissions in by June 16 to defend access to our cherished fishing spots

Recfishwest is urging ALL FISHERS who care about protecting access to cherished fishing spots to make a South Coast Marine Parks submission before the June 16 deadline. Whether you live and fish on the South Coast…

Read More

May 30, 2024

Fishing families flock to Denham for 2024 Shark Bay Fiesta!

For the 29th year running, the coastal town of Denham swelled in size for the hugely popular Shark Bay Fiesta that celebrates the fantastic fishing on offer in the Gascoyne region.   Recfishwest joined the Denham…

Read More