‘Give us back our hydro pool’
Childers makes its stand
A SEA of blue washed down the Bruce Hwy on Tuesday as the Childers community rallied to deliver Health Minister Cameron Dick a simple message.
“Give us our hydrotherapy pool.”
The group started with about 20 to 30 people at the Isis Club but swelled as the procession made its way to Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool.
Blue balloons hung from Churchill St storefronts in support of the march, which was primarily organised by Isis District Residents and Ratepayers Association.
IDRRA president John van Barneveld was happy with the turnout, which he estimated was “about the 100 mark” by the time it reached the pool, and hoped they made enough noise to catch Mr Dick’s attention.
“Whether it was allocated or not, the money is there for it and they’ve taken it away from us,” Mr van Barneveld said.
“I can see why they want to save money. They’ve been told the debt was all their fault so they’re doing whatever they can.
“We’re in for a period of austerity.”
Burnett MP Stephen Bennett and then-Health Minister Lawrence Springborg announced $300,000 for the pool on January 12, before the LNP’s election defeat saw Labor take power.
Mr Dick told the NewsMail the project was not funded earlier this month and would therefore not proceed.
Mr van Barneveld vowed to keep the pressure on the Palaszczuk government as Mr Bennett voiced his disappointment at Labor’s decision.
“I’m absolutely excited
❝ This is the result of a political get-square
John van Barneveld
the community’s passion for the pool remains,” he said.
“Over the last few years I’ve heard this is what the town needs, and once savings were found we allocated that to the project.
“I’m extremely disappointed this is the result of a political get-square.”
After Mr Bennett and Mr van Barneveld addressed the crowd, IDRRA member Eve Voysey praised Childers resident Patricia Henrickson, who delivered “six blue balloons to every business” to decorate the street.
Former Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey was among the throng of supporters, and said the benefits in “cost of travel and quality of life” made up for $300,000 outlay. “It’s really disappointing,” Mr Dempsey said.
THE Childers community made its stand against the Labor government’s decision to pull $300,000 of funding from the hydrotherapy pool promised by Burnett MP Stephen Bennett earlier this year.
Patricia Henrickson addresses the crowd at Isis War Memorial Swimming Pool.
Burnett MP Stephen Bennett during the march.
The Childers community rallied to protest the state government's decision to pull $300,000 from a hydrotherapy pool funding project.
Isis District Residents and Ratepayers Association president John van Barneveld addresses the crowd. BELOW: The Childers community rallies to protest.
Former Bundaberg MP Jack Dempsey (second from left).