Plans finalised for protest march through Childers to fight for hydrotherapy pool funds’ reinstatement
MARK IT in your diary – March 31 is going to be a day like no other in Childers.
It will be the day the community is united for a single cause, with furious local people and businesses to protest the State Government’s decision to pull funds from the planned hydrotherapy pool.
Burnett MP Stephen Bennett’s office floated the idea of a march through town and Isis District Residents and Ratepayers picked it up immediately.
President John van Barneveld has spent much of his time helping organise the rally, which has so far attracted enormous support.
When Town & Country spoke to Mr van Barneveld earlier this week, a newly created Facebook page for the march had attracted little more than 60 likes.
At time of writing, that figure is now 240.
“I was only expecting 20,” he laughed.
“Everyone seems to know about it and most people I’ve spoken to are very excited about it all.”
After several reviews the march will start at Isis Club, cross the Bruce Hwy at the traffic lights and continue down to the Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool. It is understood the gates to the pool will be open.
The original plan was for the march to end at Crescent St, but Mr van Barneveld said it made more sense to finish at the site of the initial announcement.
The saga started on January 13 when Mr Bennett and then-Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced $300,000 was committed to the project.
Labor’s election win saw this and “many other small projects across the state” canned, though Health Minister Cameron Dick has said the project was not funded.
Now-Opposition Leader Mr Springborg and Mr Bennett have both committed to fighting for the “much-needed health facility”.
JOIN IN: The march will start at Isis Club and finish at the Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool.