Family Expo Day to help fishermen

LOWER Clarence fishermen have considered turning to crime or even suicide as a response to the devastation of their industry since the 2009 flood, according to one local aid agency.

Maclean Salvation Army corps officer Steve Spencer described the situation for local fishermen as ‘desperate’ and said there had been some desperate measures considered to meet their problems.

“The only way I can see of fixing our situation at the moment is to float the boat into the middle of the river with me on it and set it alight so the family can recoup insurance money,” one distraught fisherman told Mr Spencer.

“That’s only one person, and thankfully it hasn’t happened, but desperate times see people do desperate things that are out of character,” Mr Spencer said.

To help fishermen and their families, the Salvation Army together with a number of other agencies have organised a Family Expo Day on June 18.

“We’ve come to the idea that the families need to laugh, because they haven’t had anything to be happy about, so we want to provide some sort of family entertainment where they can all come together as families so they can enjoy some form of relaxation.

“One of the plans is to provide a jumping castle for the kids.

“There will also be agencies there to do skills analysis to see what these guys can and can’t do.”

One of the things local people can do to help is join in the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal on Sunday, May 30, which aims to raise $23,000.

Just go along to the Salvation Army Hall at 9am.



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