Hydrotherapy pool promise
A RE-ELECTED Coalition Government will provide $300,000 for a hydrotherapy pool to be built in Childers.
Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt announced the funding commitment yesterday and underlined the importance of the project to the local community.
“The Childers community has been very vocal about the need for a hydrotherapy pool and I have listened to their concerns,” Mr Pitt said.
Hydrotherapy pools are used for rehabilitation for the elderly and also those with a disability and injured patients.
“Not only would a hydrotherapy pool be a great asset to the community, it would mean patients would no longer have to travel to Bundaberg for treatment.”
Mr Pitt said Hinkler has an older than average population and this investment would have obvious benefits for the aging residents in the Childers area.
“This is giving regional residents the same resources as bigger towns, so they are getting a fair go.”
Forest View Childers chief executive officer Jenny Nixon welcomed the announcement and said a hydrotherapy pool would not only benefit the residents at the aged care facility, but also disabled residents in the area.
“Residents at Forest View would definitely make use of the pool and it means they won’t have to do a 100km round trip to Bundaberg for treatment,” Ms Nixon said.
Forest View offers both residential care and independent living.
“Hydrotherapy is very useful for people who are undergoing physiotherapy after having a joint replacement, so it would help people in those situations.”
SPLASHING OUT: Keith Pitt with Jack Dempsey and Stephen Bennett.