‘Give us back our hy­dro pool’

Childers makes its stand

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

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.

PHO­TOS: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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).

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