Allan Blurton has been fishing in the Swan River for nearly fifty years, ever since he was a young boy and is still going strong, despite having moved into aged care. The 63 year old indigenous man began living at St Vincent’s four years ago after suffering a stroke, but thanks to the help of a support worker, can continue to pursue his passion for fishing.
“It’s something I just love to do and I find it extremely relaxing,” he says.
The father of seven; three boys and four girls, goes down to the river every other Tuesday, despite being confined to a wheelchair and typically catches one bream each week. He is assisted by a support worker.
“I take it home and give it to the chef who guts, cleans and cooks it for me – delicious!” he says. “It is just like old times.”