Sunday 13th March, 2016
9am to midday
8 locations throughout Western Australia -
- Albany – Albany Town Jetty
- Bicton – Point Walter Jetty
- Bunbury – Power and Boating Club
- Busselton – Busselton Town Jetty
- Fremantle – East Street Jetty
- Geraldton – Batavia Coast Marina Boardwalk
- Hillarys – Hillary Service Wharf (outside AQWA)
- Mandurah – Mandurah Offshore Fishing Sailing Club
‘Fishability’ is a Western Australian charity which has been providing regular recreational fishing opportunities for children and adults requiring support to go fishing, regardless of ability, disability, age, gender, race or religion, for over 15 years. In 2015, Fishability received approval to design, research and build a fully motorised fishing caster. This electronic actuated system, ‘Fishability Caster’, the first in Australia, will allow any child or adult living with physical disabilities the ability to fish independently. Using the remote control system the individual can cast their fishing rod as well as wind in their line onto the reel.
The remote control has been designed with a range of accessibility functions in mind. It had a graphical screen to make it easy to understand. The screen is a touch screen so it’s controllable with the press of a finger of for those without movement, there is a 3.5mm switch jack where you can plug in a standard switch which can be controlled via the chin, head or any place the fisher can move that you can mount a switch. For those with vision impairments we have also design in audio outputs to they don't have to miss out on the fun.
The manufacture of the first 8 units is now complete and will be launched at the Association’s upcoming, ‘Fishabillity Day’. ‘Fishability Day’ event will promote the ability of all people to access and enjoy recreational fishing. The event will involve the participation of teams, families or individuals at ten locations throughout WA expanding from Geraldton through to Albany. ‘Fishability Day’ will be a ‘catch, click and release’ concept.
The event will showcase both the ‘Fishability Caster’ and the ‘Fishability Map’, an interactive portal for the wider public to access information about suitable locations throughout Western Australia which is safe and accessible for all to enjoy the experience of recreational fishing. The ‘Fishability Map’ was recognised at the National Disability Awards 2015 as a Finalist in the category of Excellence in Accessibility – Technology.
Executive Officer, Fishability
PO Box 200 Woodvale WA 6026
M: 0424 417 073 E: [email protected]
W: www.fishability.org.au Facebook.com/fisherswithdisabilities