Bolton Clarke resident George has spent much of his life on the road, working in the transport industry.
Back in those days he would keep a fishing line in the truck and try his luck at different waterways along his route.
Now at 86, he still gets out and about every day – and he still fishes – though these days he carries his gear on a customised electric scooter that he takes out from his home at Bolton Clarke’s Darlington residential aged care community at Banora Point, in northern NSW.
“I’ve always enjoyed fishing, but when you’re in transport you don’t get much time for anything,” he said.
“I used to keep the fishing rod in my truck and when I felt tired I’d throw a line in.
“It occupies my mind – I get enjoyment out of it. I’m doing it for me, not anyone else.”
George was born in Maryborough, in Queensland’s Wide Bay region. He met his wife Margaret in 1952 and by the next year they were married and began a happy partnership that was to last more than 40 years.
He moved to the Darlington community eight years ago and loves to explore the area on his scooter, which he’s had fitted with everything he needs to stay dry and carry his fishing gear.