This week’s Bunbury Herald must-read stories

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Aran Zalewski of Team Australia poses for a photo with his silver medal.
Camera IconAran Zalewski of Team Australia poses for a photo with his silver medal. Credit: James Chance/Getty Images, James Chance

In this week’s Bunbury Herald, our South West Olympic hero’s agonising finals pain, leading disability advocates are calling for businesses to do better and stop overlooking people with disability for roles, and a meth dealer cops a jail sentence.

Aran’s Olympics silver lining

Aran Zalewski has come agonisingly close to becoming an Olympic gold medallist, as his Kookaburra’s ended their Tokyo 2020 campaign in heart-breaking fashion.

The Margaret River product could only watch on as his side lost a cut-throat one-on-one shootout to European powerhouse Belgium, after their gold medal match finished 1-1 — collecting silver medals.

Aran Zalewski of Team Australia
Camera IconAran Zalewski of Team Australia Credit: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images, Alexander Hassenstein

Talent waiting to be tapped

Leading disability advocates are calling for businesses to stop overlooking a pool of talented and available workers with disabilities when hiring staff.

Last month’s WA Skills Summit brought the growing skills gaps into the spotlight but disability employment organisation Forrest Personnel CEO Iain Massey said the talent among people living with disability was a solution that was still being ignored.

He said there were 20,000 people with a disability in WA looking for work. 30 Foot Drop founder and operator Ben Aldridge said there was a notion that people with disability were more trouble than they were worth.

Bush Legends. Ben Aldridge. Founder and operator of business 30 Foot Drop in Capel.
Camera IconBush Legends. Ben Aldridge. Founder and operator of business 30 Foot Drop in Capel. Credit: The West Australian, Jackson Flindell The West Australian

Man jailed for dealing meth

A Bunbury man has landed himself more than two years behind bars after he was caught possessing 11.44g of methamphetamine that he intended selling to at least 10 other people.

Neville Troy Watson, 47, was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail after he was previously found guilty of possessing the illicit substance with intent to sell or supply following a District Court trial in Bunbury.

This and more in today’s Bunbury Herald.

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