Ben­nett off the blocks

In­cum­bent Bur­nett MP makes a splash with first Isis elec­tion prom­ise

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

A NEW state-of-the-art hy­drother­apy pool will not only help re­vi­talise health ser­vices but cre­ate more jobs for the Isis re­gion.

Health Min­is­ter Lawrence Spring­borg and Mem­ber for Bur­nett Stephen Ben­nett vis­ited Isis War Memo­rial Swimming Pool on Tues­day to make the an­nounce­ment, which will see the $300,000 project pro­ceed un­der a re-elected New­man gov­ern­ment.

The project will be funded by the State Gov­ern­ment, with Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil to take over its de­sign, con­struc­tion and man­age­ment once fin­ished.

Childers Fam­ily Medicine GP Dr Cindi Jack­son and Dr Ian Holthouse were the driv­ing forces be­hind the plan.

Dr Jack­son said she and Dr Holthouse raised the idea with Mr Ben­nett about 18 months ago dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions about what fa­cil­i­ties were needed in Childers.

“We didn’t hear any­thing for some time un­til about a month ago Mr Ben­nett called us to find out a bit more in­for­ma­tion,” Dr Jack­son said.

“There is still a lot of work to go into it – I’ll be­lieve it when I see it – but it’s fan­tas­tic to have the money set aside.”

Mr Ben­nett thanked the health min­is­ter for “lis­ten­ing to the needs of the Childers com­mu­nity”, and trum­peted the ben­e­fits for the ag­ing pop­u­la­tion.

“This fa­cil­ity would en­sure pa­tients can ac­cess the re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices they re­quire with­out hav­ing to travel far,” Mr Ben­nett said.

“Hy­drother­apy pools are lauded by health care pro­fes­sion­als as be­ing a proven form of re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for not only the el­derly, but those with dis­abil­ity and in­jured pa­tients.”

Childers aged care fa­cil­ity For­est View CEO Jenny Nixon applauded the plan, which she said was on the “wish list” for years.

“We have a big num­ber of peo­ple who go down to the pool now for the aer­o­bics classes and other pro­grams,” Ms Nixon said.

“I’m sure they’ll be very pleased to hear it will be heated and we’ll be able to en­cour­age more peo­ple to use it.”

Mr Spring­borg ex­plained the pools are heated to a con­stant tem­per­a­ture (34 de­grees), and can in­clude ramps, bars and ledges for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ex­er­cises.

He said the com­mit­ment was “another ex­am­ple of the New­man LNP Gov­ern­ment’s strong plan to rein­vest in front­line health ser­vices that Queens­lan­ders de­serve”.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil Di­vi­sion 2 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tony Ric­cia­rdi said the in­vest­ment was a huge win for the area.

“Given the low so­cio-eco­nomic sta­tus of the area it’s great to have some­thing lo­cally,” Cr Ric­cia­rdi said, cit­ing travel costs and other dif­fi­cul­ties as­so­ci­ated with reg­u­lar com­mutes to and from Bund­aberg.

Isis Swimming Pool man­ager Adrian Wil­liams said the project would not only be a valu­able as­set to the com­mu­nity, but would help cre­ate jobs in Childers.

Mr Wil­liams said the new pool could ac­com­mo­date pae­di­atric ser­vices and early learn­ing, as well as the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits to phys­io­ther­apy pro­grams.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

FUND­ING: Mem­ber for Ben­nett Stephen Ben­nett on the blocks, Health Min­is­ter Lawrence Spring­borg, GP Dr Cindi Jack­son, For­est View CEO Jenny Nixon, Isis Swimming Pool man­ager Adrian Wil­liams and Di­vi­sion 2 coun­cil­lor Tony Ric­cia­rdi at the an­nounce­ment.

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