Mandurah volunteers awarded for commitment to Fishability program

Two Mandurah volunteers have been recognised for their commitment to providing recreational fishing opportunities for people of all abilities through the Fishability program.

Terry Morey and Graham Welsh shared in the Patron's Unsung Hero Award at the annual Fishability Awards on November 12.

The pair both volunteer for the Mandurah Fishabilty program and are popular with participants, with Mr Morey the first to be involved in the Fishability schools program, helping children through education support centres.

Mr Welsh, who is well known for always looking for ways to improve the experience of participants, also received a Volunteer Milestone badge for five years of service at Tuesday night's ceremony.

Local business EarlyBird Bait was recognised for their support with the Chairman's Award for supplying bait to the Mandurah program since 2012.

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The Fishability program boasts more than 100 volunteers who, during 2018/19, committed more than 6,200 hours of service across 25 locations to almost 3000 participants around WA.

It has recently expanded from only supporting children and adults living with disabilities to include people with mental health challenges, aged care centres and indigenous groups.

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly congratulated the award winners as well as all of the volunteers, staff and sponsors who make the Fishability program possible.

"The McGowan government is pleased to support this valuable organisation which is creating communities, friendships, developing life skills and self-confidence, and breaking down isolation," he said.

"The volunteers who support the charity's programs are vital to its continued success and I commend them for all of their hard work.

"This work, along with the continued partnership with the state government and community organisations and sponsors, will ensure Fishability continues to grow and develop to deliver a great fishing experience to every person, every time."