Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    Fishers get the big one in latest grants

    9/10/2015 8:10 AM
    • $864,755 in grants to support community inclusion
    • 22 arts and recreation projects funded across WA
    • Projects extend opportunities for people with disability

    Fishing, festivals and family activities will be more accessible for people with disability through the distribution of $864,755 in community grants announced by Disability Services Minister Helen Morton this week.


    Mrs Morton said the second round of the State Government's Community Inclusion and Participation grants would support 22 projects that extend opportunities for people with disability to take part in arts, recreation and business activities. 


    "The grants range from $5,600 to $55,000 and include some new approaches to old pastimes that were previously difficult for everyone to enjoy," she said.


    Anglers with disability in Perth, Mandurah, Albany and Busselton will have access to a new electronic rod casting system, which aims to improve their chances of a catch.


    The 'fishability caster' supports people with physical disability by throwing out the fishing line and reeling it back. 


    "Grants were also made to programs that support children with disability in recreational bicycle riding, audio description and access tours for arts," Minister Morton said..


    "Further areas to get funding included, cultural activities for people who are blind, vision impaired or deaf-blind, and a library of modified musical instruments.


    "The grants aim to improve access and inclusion across the community, and are another way the State's Count Me In strategy is being implemented across Western Australia."


    Projects supported by the grants, which are administered by VisAbility, begin this month and will be completed by April 2017.


    Fact File

    • The Count Me In vision is that we all live in welcoming communities which facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone
    • For more about grants and their recipients, visit: http://www.disability.wa.gov.au/  

    Minister's office - 6552 6900


    Community Inclusion and Participation Grants recipients.pdf