Bob Kucera

Bob Kucera

Former Minister for Disability Services; Sport and Recreation; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests; Seniors

Kim Chance

Kim Chance

Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry; the Mid West and Wheatbelt; Great Southern

    WA fishers urged to give Asian Tsunami victims a helping hand

    5/02/2005 12:28 PM

    The State Government and the Western Australian fishing industry have joined forces to help fishers and their families whose livelihoods have been shattered by the Asian Tsunami.

    Fisheries Minister Kim Chance and commercial and recreational industry leaders today launched a fishing equipment appeal to help communities resume vital fishing practices.

    The appeal is a co-ordinated effort by the West Australian Fishing Industry Council, Recfishwest and the WA Department of Fisheries.

    Mr Chance said the appeal was a vital step in helping those communities where the fishing industry had been devastated to rebuild their lives and livelihoods.

    “Donations provide a means for people not only to source food but resume some semblance of normality,” he said.

    “It is essential that appropriate fishing and aquaculture equipment is donated to these communities to meet their individual needs.”

    The appeal has been bolstered by a generous donation of bicycles, blankets and kitchenware from Rottnest Island.

    Tourism Minister Bob Kucera said the equipment, now surplus to needs following the upgrade of 52 holiday units at Fays and Longreach Bays, would be making its way to Sri Lanka.

    “Aid agencies have told us Sri Lankan people need bicycles for transport and we have about 200 that have become available,” Mr Kucera said.

    “Other items from Rottnest which we will be sending to villages include plates, cutlery and blankets and more will be available as we upgrade another 49 units in Geordie Bay after Easter.”

    Mr Chance said the fishing appeal was seeking:
    • outboard motors;
    • dinghies (less than four metres in length);
    • fishing lines, hooks and sinkers and tackle boxes;
    • throw nets and rope;
    • marine safety equipment (lifejackets, oars and anchors);
    • rolls of galvanised chicken or bird wire mesh (to make fish traps);
    • sail cloth;
    • diving equipment (goggles, flippers, snorkels and wetsuits); and
    • drop nets, scoop nets and hand trawl prawn nets.
    AusAid and other agencies have been working to determine the exact requirements of the affected areas.

    Anyone in the metropolitan area wishing to make donations should phone the Tsunami Fishing Equipment Appeal on 9239 2400 to arrange deliveries during office hours.

    The main collection point for donations is the department's Fleet Maintenance Centre on Capo D'Orlando Drive in Fremantle. Recfishwest also has a collection point at their office at WA Sports House, Challenge Stadium, Mt Claremont.

    Fisheries’ Albany, Busselton, Geraldton, Carnarvon and Broome offices will also provide collection facilities in the regions.

    People wanting to donate large or commercial fishing equipment should submit the details to Appeal information is available at

    People seeking information on donations’ tax deductibility should contact the Australian Taxation Office on 1300 130 248.

    Minister for Fisheries office: 9213 6700