POOL PROTEST

Plans fi­nalised for protest march through Childers to fight for hy­drother­apy pool funds’ re­in­state­ment

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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